Missouri turned the Eastern Illinois Panthers into kittens Sunday at Hearnes Center.
The No. 4 Tigers trounced the Panthers 45-0, recording their second shutout in a row. The Tigers beat Central Missouri State 48-0 on Thursday.
Missouri got off to a fast start, earning falls in its first three matches and a technical fall in its fourth to gain a 23-0 lead.
Austin DeVoe, a 125-pound sophomore, started the dual by pinning Kevin McNicholas in 52 seconds.
Tyron Woodley, No. 8 at 165, earned a 10-2 decision against No. 17 Matt Veach. Woodley took Veach down four times and only allowed two escape points.
Woodley lost to Veach in last season’s dual. Coach Brian Smith said the difference was in Woodley’s offense.
“It’s the best we’ve seen (Woodley) wrestle all year,” Smith said, “When he’s offensive he’s unstoppable.”
Woodley said he felt his hard work in practice was paying off.
“We’ve been training real hard,” Woodley said, “It felt good to go out there and have fun, relax and just wrestle.”
Mike Whitehead, No. 13 at heavyweight, wrestled the closest match of the night, earning a 5-3 decision against Peter Ziminski.
The match was physical, and Ziminski earned a point in the first period when the referee penalized Whitehead for giving Ziminski an extra shove out of bounds.
In the second period, Whitehead put Ziminski on his back and earned three near-fall points. After taking the down position in the third, Whitehead escaped, but Ziminski got a takedown to come within 4-3. Whitehead held Ziminski off for the rest of the match and earned a final point for riding time.
Smith said Whitehead was working on technique during the match and it was good to see Whitehead shooting on Ziminski for a takedown.
Whitehead said that he didn’t wrestle his best match and said it was because the team took Saturday off.
“It just wasn’t good for my body,” Whitehead said, “I kinda felt a little sluggish out there today.”
A highly-anticipated match between Paul Collum and Pat Dowty at 133 pounds never took place. They wrestled earlier in the season, and Collum won 9-4. Smith held Collum out of the dual, and Dowty was out because of the flu. Smith did not say why Collum was held out and said he wasn’t sure if Collum would be in the lineup when the Tigers face Iowa State on Friday.
Matt Pell, an 184-pound redshirt freshman, won by forfeit, and Jeff Foust, a 197-pound sophomore, defeated Jim Kassner 12-6.
Eastern Illinois coach Ralph McCausland was visibly disappointed after the match, but said the dual was good experience and exposure for his team.
“We had a couple of guys, we think could have wrestled better,” McCausland said, “We didn’t expect to be wrestling three or four true freshman in our lineup either.”