No. 3 Missouri wrestling got its first win of the season with a 37-3 victory over North Dakota State on Thursday. The victory marks the first Big 12 Conference victory since 2012.
The Tigers, who returned to the Big 12 after nine seasons in the Mid-American Conference, earned victories in nine of their 10 matches. Trey Crawford, No. 5 Keegan O’Toole, No. 4 Rocky Elam and No. 11 Zach Elam earned victories against ranked foes.
Crawford upset No. 28 Kellyn March in a 4-3 decision, O’Toole beat No. 6 Luke Weber by fall, Rocky Elam beat No. 16 Owen Pentz in a 14-6 major decision and Zach Elam ended the night with a 3-1 win over No. 23 Brandon Metz.
Of their wins, the Tigers had two by falls, from No. 20 Noah Surtin and O’Toole; three by decisions, from Crawford, Zach Elam and No. 5 Allan Hart; and four by major decisions, from Rocky Elam, No. 25 Josh Edmond, No. 14 Peyton Mocco and No. 12 Jeremiah Kent.
The Tigers will hold their home opener at 1 p.m. Sunday against another Big 12 opponent in Northern Colorado.