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No. 10 Missouri finishes perfect on road with 19-14 win at No. 13 Arizona State

by Ben Ramirez, Missouri Athletics

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The 10th-ranked University of Missouri wrestling team took down No. 13 Arizona State 19-14 at Desert Financial Arena on Saturday night. The Tigers stormed back from down 12-3 to score 17 unanswered points.

Missouri (11-3, 8-1 Big 12) rebounded after dropping four of its first five matches with pin at 165 pounds from freshman Keegan O’Toole. The top-ranked 165-pounder fought out of a 6-6 tie in the third period to put No. 7 Anthony Valencia into a cradle to shift the momentum in the Tigers’ favor.

Redshirt sophomore Peyton Mocco put Missouri on top the following match with a huge 21-6 major decision. In his first appearance since Jan. 2, the Wisconsin native put up a crooked number with eight takedowns and a two-point near fall. All six of ASU wrestler Josh Nummer’s points came off escapes.

The Tigers also picked up key decisions at 184 and 197 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Kent picked up a 6-2 victory, followed by freshman Rocky Elam winning a top-10 matchup against No. 10 Kordell Norfleet in a 4-2 decision.

Arizona State (8-4, 5-0 Pac-12) won the first two bouts of the dual, as their fourth-ranked 125 and 133-pounders gave the Sun Devils a 6-0 cushion. The Tigers got on the board first at 141 pounds with freshman Ethan Turner picking up a needed 3-1 decision.

After another ASU win at 149 pounds, junior Jarrett Jacques fought No. 3 Jacori Teemer into sudden victory before Jacques gave up the takedown to fall just short. The dual ended with an 8-1 decision in favor of ASU’s second-ranked heavyweight Cohlton Schultz.

Top Tigers

• O’Toole improved to 16-0 with his team-leading 13th bonus-point victory of the season. He also paces the Tigers with five pins.

• In his first collegiate dual start, Turner won a pivotal match at 141 pounds

• Rocky Elam picked up his fifth, and highest, ranked victory of the season

Hear from Coach

“Our guys did a great job against a tough team in their home arena,” head coach Brian Smith said. “Ethan Turner picked up a big win for us after we dropped the first two matches. Keegan O’Toole and Peyton Mocco got the bonus-points we needed and then at 197 pounds, Rocky put the dual away against a top-10 kid.”

We’re excited to get home and start preparing for a tough dual against Iowa State in front of a packed Hearnes crowd and honor our seniors.”

Up Next

Missouri will close the regular season against fifth-ranked Iowa State inside the Hearnes Center on Wednesday evening. The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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No. 10 Missouri 19, No. 13 Arizona State 14

125: No. 4 Brandon Courtney over No. 17 Noah Surtin (MIZ) by 10-5 dec.

133: No. 4 Michael McGee over Connor Brown (MIZ) by 8-6 dec.

141: Ethan Turner (MIZ) over Mykey Ramos by 3-1 dec.

149: No. 9 Kyle Parco over No. 18 Josh Edmond (MIZ) by 3-2 dec.

157: No. 3 Jacori Teemer over No. 20 Jarrett Jacques (MIZ) by 3-1, SV-1

165: No. 1 Keegan O’Toole (MIZ) over No. 6 Anthony Valencia by fall (5:52)

174: No. 13 Peyton Mocco (MIZ)* over Zane Coleman by TF 21-6 (5:37)

184: No. 19 Jeremiah Kent (MIZ) over Josh Nummer by 6-2 dec.

197: No. 7 Rocky Elam (MIZ) over No. 10 Kordell Norfleet by 4-2 dec.

285: No. 2 Cohlton Schultz over No. 15 Zach Elam (MIZ) by 8-1 dec.

EXH: Sean Harman (MIZ) over Ryan Rochford by 13-3 major dec.

All rankings from Coaches’ Rankings

*InterMat | Does not meet requirement for Coaches’

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