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No. 2 Wrestling Closes Out Road Trip At No. 14 Cornell Sunday

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MATCH NINE: #2 Missouri (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) vs. #14 Cornell (7-3, 0-0 Ivy)
Match Details Sunday, Jan. 28 • Noon • Ithaca, N.Y. • Newman Arena at Bartels Hall
Match Coverage ESPN+
Match Notes Missouri | Cornell
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ITHACA, N.Y. – No. 2-ranked Missouri wrestling team hits the road for a match with No. 14 Cornell on Sunday, Jan. 28. The dual will start at Noon CT and can be streamed on ESPN+. 


  • The Tigers moved to 4-0 all-time against West Virginia with a 30-6 dual win in Morgantown on Friday, Jan. 26.
  • Redshirt junior Noah Surtin (125, TF 17-2), redshirt freshman Kade Moore (133, Fall) and redshirt senior Brock Mauller (157, MD 16-4) all came away with bonus-point wins for Mizzou. 


  • The matchup between Mizzou and Cornell will mark the 13th meeting between the programs. 
  • The Tigers lead the all-time series over the Big Red, 9-3, including wins in six of the last seven meetings. 


  • In the last dual between the teams, Cornell rallied from an 18-3 deficit to win 19-18. 
  • The Tigers gained their lead thanks to decision wins by Dack Punke (125), Grant Leeth (141), Brock Mauller (149), Jarrett Jacques (157) and a Peyton Mocco (165) pin.


  • Missouri stood out in the first NCAA coaches rankings of the season as one of four teams to have all 10 starters ranked. 
  • The Tigers have five of the 10 listed in the top five of their respective weight classes: Brock Mauller (157, 5th), Keegan O’Toole (165, 1st), Peyton Mocco (174, 4th), Rocky Elam (197, 3rd) and Zach Elam (285, 4th).
  • Additionally, Noah Surtin (125, 6th) and Clayton Whiting (184, 9th) crack the top 10, while Logan Gioffre (149, 11th) follows close behind. 
  • Rounding out the starters are Josh Edmond (141, 20th) and Kade Moore (133, 24th). 
  • Coaches’ rankings are determined by 14 coaches in each weight class, with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences. Only wrestlers designated as a starter at a respective weight class may be considered. Wrestlers must have eight Division I matches in the weight class, with at least one within the last 30 days.


  • Head Coach Brian Smith began his coaching career at Cornell as an assistant coach in 1992 before taking the reigns at Syracuse in 1997. 


  • Junior Keegan O’Toole is cooking this season, holding a 12-0 record and 10 bonus point wins. 
  • O’Toole recently defeated No. 9 Peyton Hall of West Virginia, 8-7.  
  • The junior has totaled seven ranked wins this season, with just two coming via decision. One was against No. 5 Edmond Ruth at 174 pounds against Illinois on Dec. 21, and the other was against Hall of WVU in the previous match. 
  • Moreover, he secured the fastest pin of his career (0:35) over Brett McIntosh of Wyoming on Dec. 8. 


  • Leading the team in wins with a 16-0 record this season, redshirt senior Zach Elam is taking advantage of his last year in Black and Gold. 
  • Of his 16 wins, 10 have been bonus-point victories: seven falls and three technical falls. 
  • The seven pins from the redshirt senior rank sixth amongst Division I wrestlers leading the team and marking a single-season high, besting the six he earned his freshman season (2018-19). 


  • Redshirt senior Brock Mauller picked up his 113th career win most recently at No. 20 West Virginia on Jan. 26. Mauller’s win total is tied at 15th all-time in program history with Brent Haynes.  
  • The Columbia, Missouri native needs two wins to pass Joey Lavallee (114). With seven more victories, Mauller can move into the top 10 all-time with 120. 
  • Of the wrestlers currently in the top 10, the redshirt senior’s win percentage (.904) ranks fourth behind J’den Cox (.965), Ben Askren (.950) and Alan Waters (.907). 


  • Most recently, redshirt freshman Kade Moore was named NCAA Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 10 after pinning No. 5 ranked Sam Latona of Virginia Tech in a 22-17 dual win. 
  • Junior Keegan O’Toole bumped up to 174 pounds against Illinois on Dec. 21 in the absence of redshirt senior Peyton Mocco due to injury. O’Toole defeated the No. 5-ranked 174-pounder Edmond Ruth 12-7, earning him Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors. 


  • Brock Mauller (113), Zach Elam (93), Peyton Mocco (89), Keegan O’Toole (75), Rocky Elam (64) and Noah Surtin (58). 


  • Missouri returns home to take on No. 5 Oklahoma State at Hearnes Center on Sunday, Feb. 4. The dual is set to start at 1 p.m. CT and can be streamed on FloWrestling.
This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics