University of Missouri

Missouri wrestling wraps up undefeated MAC regular-season title

Missouri coach Brian Smith led his team to another the Mid-American Conference regular-season title.
Missouri coach Brian Smith led his team to another the Mid-American Conference regular-season title. The Associated Press

Missouri swept to the Mid-American Conference regular-season title for the second straight season Sunday with a 26-14 dual victory against Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill.

It’s the second straight season the Tigers were 8-0 during the regular season.

Missouri took a lead it wouldn’t relinquish when senior 174-pounder Blaise Butler pinned Trace Engelkes in the dual’s second bout.

Senior Cody Johnston followed with a second straight pin at 184, and junior J’den Cox claimed a major decision at 197, which extended the Tigers’ lead to 16-4.

Northern Illinois won three of the next four matches, with sophomore Barlow McGhee breaking up the run with an 8-5 decision at 125 pounds.

The Huskies closed within 18-14 before junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes and senior 157-pounder Le’Roy Barnes closed with victories for Missouri, the latter being a major decision.

The Tigers have won three consecutive MAC conference championships and also won the Big 12 championship in 2012 before leaving for the SEC, which doesn’t sponsor wrestling.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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