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No. 10 Missouri wrestling falls to No. 9 Oklahoma State

Friday, January 31, 2014 | 10:26 p.m. CST; updated 6:09 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 1, 2014

Just 24 hours after leaving Norman, Okla., with a win, No. 10 Missouri fell to No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., 28-6. 

Missouri falls to 6-2 on the season. Both losses have come against top-10 opponents. 

The Tigers' six points came from junior Drake Houdashelt and freshman J'den Cox with victories in their 149- and 197-pound bouts respectively, which has been a consistent narrative for the team all season.

Houdashelt, the country's No. 1 wrestler at 149 pounds, topped Oklahoma State's Josh Kindig, who came into Friday's dual ranked No. 9. Houdashelt has now won 16 straight bouts. 

Similarly, Cox, No. 5 in the nation, claimed his 16th win in his last 17 matches against the Cowboys' Nolan Boyd by a final of 9-3. Boyd ranks No. 19 nationally in the 184-pound weight class, giving Cox his fifth win over a ranked opponent in his young collegiate career. Boyd wrestled up a weight class for Oklahoma State.

Cox won individually against both the Sooners and Cowboys but wasn't satisfied with the team results from the trip out west.

"To be honest, I think we could have done better," Cox said. "It's tough, but I think in the end it's gonna pay off. I think the only way to go is up on everything. We can learn from everything.

"There was some good parts. There were some bad parts. But in the end, we're just gonna get better."

The Tigers' next chance to improve will be at the Hearnes Center in Columbia for the Beauty and the Beast event against Buffalo. 


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