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No. 7 Wrestling Travels to No. 16 Northern Iowa For Conference Matchup

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MATCH 13: #7 Missouri (10-2, 6-1 Big 12) vs. #16 Northern Iowa (6-6, 5-2 Big 12)
Match Details Friday, Feb. 23 • 7 p.m. • Cedar Falls, Iowa • McLeod Center 
Match Coverage FloWrestling 
Match Notes Missouri | UNI
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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – No. 7 University of Missouri wrestling continues its road trip at No. 16 Northern Iowa on Friday, Feb. 23. The match starts at 7 p.m. CT and can be watched on FloWrestling.


  • Missouri continued the win streak versus No.11 South Dakota State 21-19 on Sunday, Feb. 18.
  • The Tigers saw bonus points from Noah Surtin (125, MD 14-6), Keegan O’Toole (165, TF 22-5) and Zach Elam (285, Fall). 
  • Elam’s pin to win the dual secured 10 wins for the Tigers this season, marking the ninth time in the last 10 seasons the team has totaled 10 or more wins. 


  • The matchup between Mizzou and Northern Iowa will mark the 35th meeting between the programs, with the Panthers holding the all-time advantage, 19-17. 
  • Despite the all-time record being in favor of UNI, Missouri has won the last three consecutive matches against the Panthers and seven of the last 10. 
  • Additionally, the Tigers are 14-7 against Northern Iowa during the Brian Smith era. 


  • Missouri won the last meeting with UNI, 24-12, on Jan. 8, 2023. 
  • Leading the charge with bonus points were Noah Surtin (125, TF 16-0), Peyton Mocco (174, Fall) and Rocky Elam (197, MD 10-2). 
  • Additionally, Zeke Seltzer (133) and James Conway (165) made their dual debuts for the Black and Gold. 


  • Junior Keegan O’Toole is cooking this season, holding a 16-0 record with 13 bonus-point wins. 
  • O’Toole defeated three top-10 opponents in consecutive matches this season, Jan. 26-Feb. 4, in Peyton Hall (WVU), Julian Ramirez (CU) and Izzak Olejnik (OSU).  
  • Most recently, the junior collected his fourth technical fall of the season over Connor Gaynor of South Dakota State on Feb. 18, 22-5.  


  • Leading the team in wins with a 20-0 record this season, redshirt senior Zach Elam is taking advantage of his last year in Black and Gold. 
  • Elam was tabbed fifth on the most recent NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler rankings, averaging 4.5 team points per match this season with a minimum of 16 matches wrestled. 
  • Of the senior’s 20 wins, 11 have been bonus-point victories: eight falls and three technical falls. 
  • Additionally, the Kansas City native’s win and pin total lead the team. 


  • MU topped NDSU on Feb. 16 by 26 (32-6) team points, marking the fifth time the Tigers have defeated an opponent by that margin or more this season. 


  • Redshirt senior Brock Mauller has totaled 115 career wins at Mizzou and is tied for 14th all-time in program history with Joey Lavallee.  
  • The Columbia, Missouri native needs two wins to pass Nick Marable (116). Mauller can move into the top 10 all-time with six more victories (120). 


  • Back-to-back major decisions in the Dakotas, redshirt junior Noah Surtin moves to 14-2 this season. 
  • Surtin has totaled 11 bonus-point wins, tying for second on the team, and has four ranked wins in 2023-24. 
  • Moreover, the No. 8 ranked 125-pounder has won five of his last six matches, with all five victories coming with bonus points. 


  • Freshman Drew Stanfield made his Tiger Style debut in a dual at NDSU, getting the nod at 133 pounds and earning the 12-5 win over Fernando Barreto.


  • In the second NCAA coaches rankings of the season, Missouri saw nine wrestlers ranked, with five in the top 10.  
  • Cracking the top 10 of their respective weight classes: Noah Surtin (7th, 125), Keegan O’Toole (1st, 165), Peyton Mocco (10th, 174), Rocky Elam (8th, 197) and Zach Elam (4th, 285). 
  • Following behind those five are Brock Mauller (11th, 157), Clayton Whiting (13th, 184), Josh Edmond (22nd, 141) and Kade Moore (23rd, 133). 
  • 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.


  • Brock Mauller (115), Zach Elam (97), Peyton Mocco (91), Keegan O’Toole (79), Rocky Elam (65) and Noah Surtin (61).  


  • The Missouri Tigers embark on another road trip to Ames, Iowa, to dual the Iowa State Cyclones on Feb. 25. Sunday’s match is set to begin at 2 p.m. CT and can be streamed on ESPN+. 
This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics