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1 hour ago, justafan said:

Not sure once Smith missed weight at 133 I figured his days at 125 were over.All signs point to that with Punke going and getting 1 match.

I would have to agree with your take.

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The following is Mizzou's Press Release for Friday nights Dual at Arizona State.

Of Note :

-  Dylan Wisman (184) is still out.

-  It appears that ASU 125# Ryan Millhof is not yet ready to return.

-  At 174 :  #4 Daniel Lewis (18-1) wrestles defending National Champ #2 Zahid Valencia (23-1) for the first time. 


COLUMBIA, Mo. – After taking a weekend off from competition, fifth-ranked returns to action this Friday as it heads west to take on the Pac 12's Arizona State Friday at 8 p.m. (CT) in Tempe, Ariz. The dual will air live on the Pac 12 Network with Daron Sutton and Anthony Robles providing the commentary.

Mizzou is a perfect 14-0 during the 2018-19 season, including a 7-0 mark in MAC action, marking the fourth time in seven years that Mizzou has finished MAC action unblemished. Friday's dual, however, pits Mizzou against a Pac 12 rival in Arizona State. A win over the Sun Devils would improve Mizzou's win streak to 35 straight duals, a streak that dates back to the 2016-17 season. That streak will be put to the test Friday as Mizzou has never defeated Arizona State in four tries, trailing the all-time series 0-3-1.

The series with ASU dates back to 1988-89, a 34-9 win for the Devils over Wes Roper's Tigers. Current head coach Brian Smith has faced the Sun Devils three times, going 0-2-1. His first meeting against ASU was in 2002-03, a 19-17 loss at the National Duals. The two teams met twice during the 2005-06 season with Arizona State claiming a 24-21 win at the National Duals and then the two wrestled to a 21-21 tie later that season.

Arizona State is of course home to assistant coach Lee Pritts, who was an assistant under Mizzou Head Coach Smith from 1998-2004 and then again from 2007-10.

Friday's dual features three huge matchups, highlighted by a top-five showdown at 174 pounds. Mizzou senior No. 4 Daniel Lewis will face the nation's No. 2 wrestler in the class in Zahid Valencia. No. 15 Jarrett Jacques will wrestle No. 17 Christian Pagdialo at 157 and No. 14 Connor Flynn is set to face No. 4 Josh Shields at 165 pounds. Below is the complete projected lineups for each team.

Projected Lineups:

  • 125 Pounds – Dack Punke (9-5) vs. Brandon Courtney
  • 133 Pounds – #10 John Erneste (13-3) vs. Josh Kramer or Josiah Kline
  • 141 Pounds – #3 Jaydin Eierman (17-3) vs. Cory Crooks
  • 149 Pounds – #7 Brock Mauller (23-1) vs. Josh Maruca
  • 157 Pounds – #15 Jarrett Jacques (21-5) vs. #17 Christian Pagdilao
  • 165 Pounds – #14 Connor Flynn (16-4) vs. #4 Josh Shields
  • 174 Pounds – #4 Daniel Lewis (18-1) vs. #2 Zahid Valencia
  • 184 Pounds – Taylor Watkins (17-8) vs. Jacen Petersen
  • 197 Pounds – Wyatt Koelling (16-7) vs. Austyn Harris
  • 285 Pounds – Zach Elam (18-6) vs. Brady Daniel
    *rankings via Intermat

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Missouri improves their Dual record to 15-0 by defeating PAC 12 opponent Arizona St., 30-12.


1) Missouri extends their Dual winning streak to 35 consecutive. 

2) Daniel Lewis.  WOW !  

3) Missouri returns home to wrestle Oklahoma State on Feb.16.


125:  Courtney (ASU) dec Punke (M), 3-1 sv1
133:  Erneste (M) wbf Kline (ASU), 2:53
141:  Eierman (M) wbf Demison (ASU), 1:52
149:  Mauller (M) dec Maruca (ASU), 8-6
157:  Pagdilao (ASU) dec Jacques (M), 5-4
165:  Shields (ASU) dec Flynn (M), 7-3
174:  Lewis (M) wbf Valencia (ASU), 4:15
184:  Petersen (ASU) dec Watkins (M), 4-2
197:  Koelling (M) dec Harris (ASU), 6-2
285:  Elam (M) wbf Gilliland-Daniel (ASU), 1:29

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Missouri is solid this year. Definite podium contenders. I like ISU, but Miklus in the lineup would be huge. 

I expect 4-5 AAs including 2 top 3. They need 1-2 more AAs and/or a high placing by a guy like Brock to make the podium. Doable but tough. Similar spot to NC State and Cornell

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou RS senior 174-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) is the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week, announced Wednesday by the league office. This marks the second time this season that Lewis has earned the distinction.

Lewis pinned No. 2-ranked and defending national champion at 174 pounds Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, on the road, to help Mizzou win its 35th consecutive dual last Friday. Lewis trailed in the second period, 6-4, but chose down and wrapped Valencia in a cradle for the pin at 4:15, his 11th pin of the season and 46th in his career. He is now ranked third in program history in career pins at Mizzou with 46, trailing only two-time Hodge Trophy winner Ben Askren, who had 91 in his storied career from 2003-07, and J.P Reese who had 47 from 2003-04.

Valencia was 21-1 before being pinned by Lewis, who is now 19-1 on the year. Mizzou led 15-9 in the dual headed into 174 pounds, and Lewis' pin all but wrapped up the dual as the upset led to a 30-12 dual win on the road.

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The following is Mizzou's Press Release for Saturday's home Dual vs Oklahoma State.

Of Note :

-  Dylan Wisman (184) makes his return to the lineup (has not competed since the South Beach Duals).

-  Dual being held next door to the Missouri High School State Championships.

-  Missouri anticipates setting a new Attendance record. 


COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 5 Mizzou Wrestling will face its largest test of the season, putting its 35-dual win streak on the line against No. 2 Oklahoma State this Saturday (Feb. 16) at the Hearnes Center. The dual will be at 2:30 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3. Tiger Style comes into the dual at a perfect 15-0 on the year while the second-ranked Cowboys come in at a perfect 13-0.

Mizzou is attempting to break its attendance record, which is currently 2,772 fans, and the dual is the annual Gold Rush dual at Hearnes as all fans are encouraged to wear gold. Mizzou and Oklahoma State, old Big 12 rivals, last met a year ago in Stillwater, with then-No. 3-ranked Mizzou downing No. 5 Oklahoma State, 21-19, overcoming an early 9-0 deficit thanks to a huge pin by Jaydin Eierman at 141 pounds.

The Tigers have an all-time record of 7-41-1 against the Cowboys, but head coach Brian Smith holds an all-time mark of 7-17-1 against the Pokes as many of the all-time meetings came prior to his arrival. While Smith was building Tiger Style into the perennial blue blood power that it is now, he lost his first five meetings with Oklahoma State, but has since went a respectable 7-12-1 against the Pokes, one of the NCAA's most storied wrestling programs. Since 2014-15, Mizzou and Oklahoma State have split the last four duals.

Mizzou and Oklahoma State have faced a pair of common foes this season – Lehigh and Northern Iowa. Mizzou earned a 21-12 decision over Lehigh and a 29-12 win over Northern Iowa, despite forfeiting at 184 pounds. Oklahoma State downed the two teams, 27-6 and 24-9, respectively.

As two of college wrestling's blue bloods are set to square off, it is a given that the dual will feature plenty of nationally-ranked bouts. Mizzou has nine of its 10 projected wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes, while eight of OSU's 10 projected starters are ranked. The dual will feature top-10 matches up 133, 141, 149 and 174 pounds. Below is the complete projected lineup:

Projected Lineups:

Saturday will also be senior day for Mizzou's three seniors – John Erneste (133), Daniel Lewis (174) and Nick Nasenbeny (141). Erneste is a two-time NCAA qualifier and MAC Champion, and has put together an 81-21 record over three-plus years. His 30 career falls rank as the seventh-most in school history. He is ranked 10th nationally this year at 133 pounds

Lewis  has a chance to become just the third four-time All-American in program history this year and sits at 19-1 and ranked second nationally at 174 pounds. He just pinned the defending national champion Zahid Valencia of Arizona State last week. Lewis now has 46 career pins, needing one more to move into second place all-time at Mizzou. He owns a 109-15 record over his three-plus seasons. His 11 major decision are also tied for the sixth-most in program history.

Nasenbeny has won 25 matches over his four year career, earning five falls and three major decisions. He has put together a 5-5 record over his senior season and picked up his fifth career pin this year

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – In front of a program-record crowd of 4,721 at the Hearnes Center, fifth-ranked Mizzou Wrestling dropped a hard-fought, 19-15, decision against former Big 12 rival, No. 2 Oklahoma State Saturday (Feb. 16).  The loss snapped Mizzou's 35-dual winning streak, which dated back to the 2016-17 season. It feel just two duals shy of the all-time program record winning streak of 37 duals.

The historic dual began with recognizing Tiger Style seniors John ErenesteDaniel Lewis and Nick Nasenbury, each of whom have helped propel the Tigers as one of the nation's most successful programs throughout the last four years.

After dropping the first two bouts, the Tigers found the momentum after redshirt junior Jaydin Eierman earned his 13th fall of the season, taking down No. 13 Kaid Brock and cutting the Pokes' lead to 7-6 through three bouts. He needed just 3:48 to tally his team-leading 13th pin.

At 149 pounds, true freshman Brock Maullercontinued his dominant initial campaign (25-1) by upsetting No. 5 Kaden Gfeller in a 9-4 decision, giving Mizzou a 9-7 lead, its first of the afternoon. His 25 wins rank second all-time amongst true freshman in the program, only behind Mizzou legend J'den Cox, who had 38.

Columbia native Jarrett Jacques extended Mizzou's lead to 12-7 in the 157-pound, as he outlasted Wyatt Sheets and continued to prove his worth as a true freshman under head coach Brian Smith, earning his 22nd win of the campaign.

At 174, reigning MAC Wrestler of the Week Lewis was riding an 11-match winning streak heading into Saturday's dual, one week removed from pinning the defending national champion Zahid Valencia at Arizona State. He comfortably found his way to a 7-0 decision over No. 6 Joe Smith, keeping Mizzou's lead at five heading into the final three bouts.

Coming up short in the 184 and 197, the Cowboys regained a one-point lead on Mizzou heading into a top-25 heavyweight showdown between No. 16 Zach Elam and No. 2 Derek White.

A perfect culmination to a very even dual from start to finish, White and Elam went into a sudden victory period where the Pokes emerged victorious with a takedown just 31 seconds into the frame, ending Missouri's 35 match winning streak.

Match Notes: 

  • Mizzou Wrestling's last loss on Senior Day was to Oklahoma State in 2009 when the Tigers fell to the Cowboys 24-9.
  • The Tigers' all-time record against the Cowboys is 7-42-1 and are 2-3 in the last five meetings against the former Big Eight rival. Coach Smith is 7-18-1 against OSU.
  • Jaydin Eierman pinned No. 13 Kaid Brock to improve to 13 total falls this season. He is three falls away from beating his own season high and breaking into the top-10 Mizzou falls in a season.
  • Brock Mauller improves to 25-1 on the season. This is the most single-season wins for a true freshman at Mizzou since J'den Cox, who tallied 38 wins in the 2013-14 season.
  • This match broke the Mizzou Wrestling all-time attendance record with 4,721 fans in attendance. The previous record was 2,772.


  • 125 Pounds – Dack Punke (9-7) vs. #4 Nick Piccininni – L, Major Decision (11-2, 4:10 RT) | 0-4
  • 133 Pounds – #10 John Erneste (14-4) vs. #2 Daton Fix – L, 9-2 (1:45 RT) | 0-7
  • 141 Pounds – #3 Jaydin Eierman (19-3) vs. #13 Kaid Brock – W, Fall (3:48) | 6-7
  • 149 Pounds – #7 Brock Mauller (25-1) vs. #5 Kdaen Gfeller – W, 10-4 | 9-7
  • 157 Pounds – #13 Jarrett Jacques (22-6) vs. Wyatt Sheets – W, 6-5 | 12-7
  • 165 Pounds – #13 Connor Flynn (16-6) vs. #10 Chandler Rogers – L, 7-5 (1:53 RT) | 12-10
  • 174 Pounds – #2 Daniel Lewis (20-1) vs. #6 Joe Smith – W, 7-0 (3:01 RT) | 15-10
  • 184 Pounds – #16 Dylan Wisman (13-6) vs. #8 Jacobe Smith – L, 7-3 | 15-13
  • 197 Pounds – #16 Wyatt Koelling (17-8) vs. #6 Preston Weigel – L, 4-1 (2:57 RT) | 15-16
  • 285 Pounds – #19 Zach Elam (19-6) vs. #2 Derek White – L, 3-1 (0:32 SV1) 19-15

Mizzou will be back in action next Sunday as it faces another old Big Eight rival in Iowa State. The dual will be at 5 p.m. in Ames, Iowa.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fifth-ranked Mizzou Wrestling will look to start a new dual winning streak as it is set to face No. 11 Iowa State in a dual between top-15 teams this Sunday (Feb. 24) at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. The dual will begin at 5 p.m. (CT) and air live on Cyclones.tv. The dual will be Mizzou's regular season finale.

Mizzou (15-1, 7-0 MAC) is coming off a 19-15 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Oklahoma State after the Cowboys won six of 10 bouts in front of a record crowd at the Hearnes Center last Saturday. Winning duals last time out for Mizzou were No. 3 Jaydin Eierman at 141, No. 5 Brock Mauller at 149, No. 13 Jarrett Jacques at 157 and No. 2 Daniel Lewis at 174. The dual loss snapped a 35-dual win streak for the Tigers, which dated back to 2016-17. The streak fell just two dual wins shy of the school record.

Mizzou and Iowa State's all-time series goes way back to 1926-27, and the two teams have met 52 times over the years, but not since Mizzou left the Big 12 Conference after the 2011-12 season. Mizzou defeated Iowa State that year twice, 24-12 and 31-10, and took first at the Big 12 Championships later that season. Iowa State leads the all-time series, 44-8. However, since Brian Smith took over the program, Mizzou is 7-9 against Iowa State and has won the last three meetings.

Among Mizzou's projected starters for Sunday, several grapplers have impressive streaks in tow. Eierman, ranked third at 141 pounds, comes into Sunday's dual having pinned his last four opponents, including No. 13 Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State last time out. He has 13 pins on the season, just three shy of moving into Mizzou's all-time top-10 in falls for a season.

At 149 pounds, Mauller may be having the most impressive season among any of the nation's true freshman. He is 25-1 on the year and has a personal winning streak of 15 matches. Since moving into the starting dual lineup on Dec. 16, Mauller is a perfect 12-0 in dual action. His last loss came against Jarrett Degan of Iowa State at the Lindenwood Open. The two will square off again Sunday. Degan is No. 13 in this week's WIN Magazine rankings. Mauller's 25 wins are the most by a Mizzou true freshman since three-time national champion J'den Cox won 38 in 2013-14. Mauller is one of just two true freshman nationally to rank in the top five at any of the 10 weight classes.

Eierman and Mauller aren't the only two Mizzou wrestlers carrying impressive streaks into Sunday's dual. Senior 174-pounder Lewis has won 12 in a row with seven pins, a technical fall and a major decision on his resume during that span. In his last two bouts, he has dominated a pair of top-10 opponents, including a pin of defending national champion Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) on the road and a 7-0 win over No. 6 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State). Lewis now has 110 wins in his career, just 12 back of Mizzou's all-time top-10. Of his 110 wins, 79 have scored bonus points, including 46 career pins, third-most in school history. His next pun will tie him with J.P. Reese for second all-time at Mizzou, trailing only Ben Askren (91).

When Mizzou takes the mat at 197 pounds with Wyatt Koelling Sunday, he will do so against a familiar face in RS senior Willie Miklus, who of course was a three-time All-American for Mizzou from 2013-14 through 2017-18. He transferred to Iowa State to be closer to home for his final season of eligibility this year.

Iowa State will send six ranked wrestler to the mat Sunday while Mizzou is ranked at nine of the 10 weight classes. In fall, there will be five top-20 matchups Sunday. Below is the projected lineups for both teams:

  • 125 Pounds – Dack Punke (9-7) vs. No. 16 Alex Mackall (20-8)
  • 133 Pounds – #10 John Erneste (14-4) vs. No. 8 Austin Gomez (17-3)
  • 141 Pounds – #3 Jaydin Eierman (19-3) vs. No. 12 Ian Parker (21-3)
  • 149 Pounds – #7 Brock Mauller (25-1) vs. No. 13 Jarrett Degen (22-4)
  • 157 Pounds – #13 Jarrett Jacques (22-6) vs. Chase Straw (16-9)
  • 165 Pounds – #13 Connor Flynn (16-6) vs. Logan Schumacher (15-9)
  • 174 Pounds – #2 Daniel Lewis (20-1) vs. Marcus Coleman (24-8)
  • 184 Pounds – #16 Dylan Wisman (13-6) vs. No. 17 Sam Colbray (21-5)
  • 197 Pounds – #16 Wyatt Koelling (17-8) vs. No. 5 Willie Miklus (17-2)
  • 285 Pounds – #19 Zach Elam (19-6) vs. Gannon Gremmel (21-9)

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Great dual to close out the season. I’m a fan of both. Missouri should take it without too much of an issue. I am very excited for:

133 - good style matchup. If either wants to make the podium, this is the kind of r12 match they will see in this stacked weight. Pretty crazy as both guys are AA level. Gomez has to be careful on bottom and Erneste needs to capitalize on Gomez’s early match weakness. If Erneste can score an early takedown and rise Gomez hard, maybe even hitting a turn, he can win. If the score is close in the 3rd, Gomez will win. He is so clutch. 

141 - Eierman is a heavy favorite but Parker has solid defense on the feet and Eierman is a little wild. Eierman win this but I don’t think he extends his 4 match pin streak. Could happen in the 3rd if Parker is down by 2 takedowns and goes for something big. Hard to pull off vs Eierman...he isn’t someone you want to have to come back against. 

149 - love this match. Mauller is so unique. Degan gave him his only college loss. They are 1-1 against each other. 

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2 minutes ago, Housebuye said:

Great dual to close out the season. I’m a fan of both. Missouri should take it without too much of an issue. 


I wouldn't go that far.  ISU is favored at 125, 133, and 197.  And wins at 149, 184, and 285 are very possible.

Hope I'm wrong, but this dual has me a bit worried if ISU shows up to wrestle (unlike Thursday night when they were embarrassed by UNI).

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AMES, Iowa – Fifth-ranked Mizzou Wrestling closed its regular season with a 23-15 win over No. 11 Iowa State to finish the 2018-19 campaign with a 16-1 record. RS senior Daniel Lewis earned his 47th career pin in a Mizzou singlet, tied for the second-most in school history, trailing only two-time Hodge Trophy winner Ben Askren who had 91 in his career. Lewis wasn't the only Tiger to impress as RS senior John Erneste earned a technical fall over the nation's No. 8 wrestler and junior Jaydin Eierman also tallied a pin, his fifth straight and team-leading 14th this season.

Mizzou finishes the regular season with just one loss, coming at the hands of No. 2 Oklahoma State in a 19-15 decision. Mizzou has won 36 of its last 37 duals. The Tigers finish the regular season with a 9-1 mark against ranked teams.

"We were in a lot of adversity in that match with our freshmen - it was a frustrating day for them," Coach Brian Smith said. "Then our upperclassmen go out there - John Erneste beats a highly ranked kid and tech falls him, Eierman goes out and gets the fall and Daniel gets the fall. It's tough to lose dual meets when you've got three guys doing things like that. We need some of these younger guys step up for us. They will. They will be ready for the conference meet. This adversity will help them." 

The dual started at heavyweight as the two programs agreed to finish the dual at 197 pounds to honor former Mizzou wrestler Willie Miklus, who transferred to Iowa State this season to be closer to home as his father battles ALS. Freshman Zach Elam took the mat at heavyweight against Gannon Gremmel and the two were knotted at 3-3 following regulation. Elam nearly got a takedown as time expired in the first sudden victory period, but Gremmel had a hold of his foot. Gremmel then scored a takedown midway through the second sudden victory period, the seventh period of the bout, to earn a 5-3 win.

The dual then flipped back over to 125 pounds as Dack Punke and nationally ranked Alex Mackall took the mat. Punke trailed 3-2 late in the third and tried to land a shot late, but it was fended off by Mackall, who won a 4-2 decision after racking up 1:21 of advantage time.

In a top-10 matchup at 133, Erneste established his dominance over No. 8 Austin Gomez quickly in the first period. He scored a takedown with 39 seconds left in the first and wrapped up a cradle as time was expiring. He couldn't land the pin, but picked up a four-point nearfall to take a 6-0 lead into the second period. Erneste nearly pinned him again in the second, scoring another four-point nearfall. It was the exact same script in the third as he again nearly put Gomez on his back as a four-point nearfall wrapped up a 22-6 technical fall.

In a top-15 matchup at 141, Eierman tallied his team-leading 14th pin of the season with seven seconds remaining in the second period. It was his fifth straight win, all coming by fall.

At 149, freshman Brock Mauller was upset by No. 13 Jarrett Degen, 11-4. It was Mauller's second loss this season to Degen as his only two have come to the Cyclone 149-pounder. It snapped a 15-bout personal win streak for Mauller and pulled the dual score to 11-9 heading into intermission.

At 157, true freshman Jarrett Jacques grinded out a 5-2 decision, scoring a pair of takedowns, including one at the buzzer in the third. That extended Mizzou's dual lead to 14-9 as he improved to 23-6 on the year. Connor Flynn made it two straight for Mizzou following the intermission, grinding out a 4-2 win at 165 to extend Mizzou's lead to 17-9.

Lewis picked up his 47th career fall in just 2:03 at 174 pounds, extending the lead to 23-9. At 184, Dyaln Wisman came up on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision in a top-20 bout and Miklus earned a 4-0 win at 197 to close the dual.


  • 285 Pounds – #19 Zach Elam (19-8) vs. Gannon Gremmel (24-10) – L, 5-3 (SV-2) | 0-3
  • 125 Pounds – Dack Punke (9-8) vs. No. 16 Alex Mackall (21-8) – L, 4-2 (1:21 RT) | 0-6
  • 133 Pounds – #10 John Erneste (15-4) vs. No. 8 Austin Gomez (17-4) – W, 22-6, Technical Fall (6:20) | 5-6
  • 141 Pounds – #3 Jaydin Eierman (20-3) vs. No. 12 Ian Parker (21-4) – W, Fall (4:35) | 11-6
  • 149 Pounds – #5 Brock Mauller (25-2) vs. No. 13 Jarrett Degen (23-4) – L, 11-4 (1:51 RT) | 11-9
  • 157 Pounds – #12 Jarrett Jacques (23-6) vs. Chase Straw (16-10) – W, 5-2 | 14-9
  • 165 Pounds – #13 Connor Flynn (17-6) vs. Logan Schumacher (15-10) - W, 4-2 (1:13 RT) | 17-9
  • 174 Pounds – #2 Daniel Lewis (21-1) vs. Marcus Coleman (24-9) – W, Fall (2:03) | 23-9
  • 184 Pounds – #17 Dylan Wisman (13-7) vs. No. 17 Sam Colbray (21-6) – L, 3-2 | 23-12
  • 197 Pounds – #18 Wyatt Koelling (17-9) vs. No. 5 Willie Miklus (18-2) – L, 4-0 | 23-15

Mizzou will be off next week before it heads to Norfolk, Va., for the MAC Championships on March 8-9.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 5 Mizzou Wrestling is in search of its eighth consecutive conference title as it travels to the Mid-American Conference Championships, which will be held Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Action will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) Friday with the quarterfinals. Consolation matches will be at 11 a.m. (CT) Saturday with the championship finals beginning at 1 p.m. (CT).

Dating back to Mizzou's final year in the Big 12, the Tigers have won seven straight regular season or tournament conference titles. Mizzou has already won the regular season MAC title in 2018-19 and will look to earn the tournament title this weekend. Last year, Mizzou won the MAC Tournament with a record 177 total points as seven Tigers earned individual titles. Of those seven, four will defend their titles from a season ago – RS senior John Erneste (133), RS junior Jaydin Eierman (141), RS junior Connor Flynn (165) and RS senior Daniel Lewis(174).

Heading into the tournament, Mizzou boasts the No. 1 seed at seven of the 10 weight classes, including all four grapplers who are looking to defend their MAC titles. In addition to those four, freshman Brock Mauller (149), freshman Jarrett Jacques (157), junior Dylan Wisman(184) and sophomore Wyatt Koelling (197) hold No. 1 seeds heading into Friday. Freshman HWT Zach Elam is the No. 2 seed at his weight class and freshman 125-pounder Dack Punke is the No. 4 seed. Below are notables on each wrestler heading into the tournament.

125 Pounds – Dack Punke – RPI: 24 – Coach's Ranking: 22 – Record: 9-8 – MAC Seed: 4 – Washington, Ill.

  • Was hurt at the beginning of the season, but worked his way into the lineup in December.
  • Has had five matches go to OT and six of his 17 bouts have been decided by two points or fewer
  • Went 4-2 in MAC bouts this season.
  • Comes from a long line of wrestlers – younger brother Jace is committed to Mizzou.

133 Pounds – John Erneste – RPI: 2 – Coach's Ranking: 7 – Record: 15-4 – MAC Seed: 1 – Kansas City, Mo.

  • Enters the MAC Tournament having won seven of his last eight bouts with his only loss in that span coming against No. 3 Daton Fix of Oklahoma State.
  • Earned a tech fall over No. 8 Austin Gomez of Iowa State last time out.
  • Two-time MAC Champion (2017, 2018).
  • Two-time NCAA Qualifier.
  • Coach Smith had the entire team wrestle Virginia this year at Erneste's high school – Park Hill – in Kansas City. A capacity crowd saw him earn a 9-0 major decision over Louie Hayes as Mizzou won the dual with a walk-off pin at 174 pounds, earning a 23-21 dual win.
  • 2-0 in MAC bouts this season, earning pins in both decisions.
  • Eight pins on the season is third on the team and his next pin will match his career-high in a season.

141 Pounds – Jaydin Eierman – RPI: 4 – Coach's Ranking: 4 – Record: 21-3 – MAC Seed: 1 – Columbia, Mo.

  • Comes in as a consensus top-five wrestler at 141 pounds and leads the team with 14 pins this season.
  • Ranks fourth nationally with his 14 pins, the most of any 141-pounder this season.
  • Has won 13 of his last 15 bouts coming into the MAC Championships, with all 13 wins being either by fall (11) or technical fall (two).
  • Perfect 6-0 in MAC duals this season, posting five pins and a technical fall.
  • Two-time NCAA All-American (fifth in 2017, fourth in 2018).
  • Two-time MAC Champion.
  • Reigning MAC Wrestler of the Year.
  • MAC Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 14.
  • Father, Mike, owns a training club in Columbia (Eierman Elite) where he and two of Mizzou's fellow MAC starters – Brock Mauller and Jarrett Jacques -  trained during high school.
  • His next two pins will move his season total to 16, tying his mark from a year ago with is 10th in program history for a single season.
  • His 35 career pins are sixth in program history, just four behind fifth-place Matt Pell (39).

149 Pounds – Brock Mauller – RPI: 9 – Coach's Ranking: 6 – Record: 25-2 – MAC Seed: 1 – Columbia, Mo.

  • True freshman who burned his redshirt after 2018 All-American and MAC Champion Grant Leeth hurt his shoulder midway through the season.
  • Won 25 of his 27 bouts with the only losses coming against the same opponent – Jarrett Degen of Iowa State.
  • Undefeated in MAC bouts (5-0).
  • Earned a pair of top-10 wins on the year, including over UNI's Max Thomsen and Oklahoma State's Kaden Gfeller.
  • MAC Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 20 after his upset win over Gfeller
  • His 25 wins as a true freshman are the most since three-time NCAA Champion J'den Cox had 38 in 2013-14.
  • Trained with current teammates Jaydin Eierman and Jarrett Jacques at Columbia's Eierman Elite club. All three went to Father Tolton HS in Columbia.

157 Pounds – Jarrett Jacques – RPI: 31 – Coach's Ranking: 16 – Record: 23-6 – MAC Seed: 2 – Columbia, Mo.

  • Another true freshman who burned his redshirt early and did not disappoint
  • Comes into the MAC Championships having won 11 of his last 12 bouts, with his only loss during that span coming in a 5-4 decision against No. 11 Christian Pagdilao of Arizona State.
  • Was a perfect 6-0 vs. MAC competition this season, earning a pair of falls and a technical fall among his six wins.
  • Trained with current teammates Jaydin Eierman and Brock Mauller at Columbia's Eierman Elite club. All three went to Father Tolton HS in Columbia.

165 Pounds – Connor Flynn – RPI: 11 – Coach's Ranking: 13 – Record: 17-6 – MAC Seed: 1 – Dardenne Prairie, Mo.

  • 2018 MAC Champion at 165 and 2018 NCAA qualifier
  • Went a perfect 7-0 in MAC duals this season, totaling two technical falls and two major decision among his seven wins.
  • Began his career at West Virginia before transferring closer to home.
  • Younger brother, Jack, is a freshman on this year's team.
  • Member of the 2018 MAC All-Academic Team.

174 Pounds – Daniel Lewis – RPI: 4 – Coach's Ranking: 2 – Record: 21-1 – MAC Seed: 1 – Blue Springs, Mo.

  • Currently No. 4 on the NCAA's Most Dominant Wrestlers list, averaging 4.59 team points per bout this season
  • His 12 pins on the year rank sixth nationally and most among all 174 pounders
  • Riding a current a 13-bout win streak, earning 10 bonus-point wins during that stretch, including eight pins
  • Pinned the defending national champion – Zahid Valencia of Arizona State – during that stretch and earned MAC Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season for that performance
  • Now has 48 career pins, second-most in Mizzou history behind only Ben Askren
  • Beat two 174-pounders who are currently ranked in the top-five at season's – Jordan Kutler of Lehigh (8-1) and Valencia (fall)
  • Boasts four wins over current top-10 ranked opponents (coaches poll) and also beat Oklahoma State's Joe Smith, who is ranked seventh in the final FloWrestling Top-25 rankings
  • Already Mizzou's 27th member of the 100-win club and currently ranks 15th in program history with his 111 career wins. If he goes 3-0 this weekend, he will be tied for 13th in program history (114 career wins).
  • Has a chance to become just the third four-time All-American in Mizzou history, which would join him with only Ben Askren and J'den Cox.

184 Pounds – Dylan Wisman – RPI: 12 – Coach's Ranking: 18 – Record: 13-7 – MAC Seed: 1 – Winchester, Va.

  • Will be wrestling in front of many family and friends this weekend as he hails from Winchester, Va., just four hours away from Norfolk.
  • Injured his knee following the South Beach duals during practice and missed several weeks
  • Had won 12 of 13 bouts before hurting his knee and was named MAC Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 12.
  • Posted a 4-0 record in MAC duals this season, earning a pin and a pair of major decision in that span.

197 Pounds – Wyatt Koelling – RPI: 22 – Coach's Ranking: 25 – Record: 17-9 – MAC Seed: 1 – Kaysville, Utah

  • Went 7-0 in MAC duals and is wrestling at his traditional 197 weight, rather than HWT where he wrestled much of last season, including at the MAC Championships.
  • Three of his five pins on the season came in MAC duals.
  • Won seven of his last nine bouts coming into the MAC Championships.

Heavyweight – Zach Elam – RPI: 19 – Coach's Ranking: 23 – Record: 19-8 – MAC Seed: 2 – Kansas City, Mo.

  • One of three true freshmen in the Mizzou lineup this season and went 19-8 in his initial season in black & gold.
  • Highlight of the season was a 9-1 mark at the Cliff Keen Invitational, earning third place despite losing his second bout as he rallied to win his final eight matches at the tourney – had five bonus point wins among those nine.
  • Claimed a free style silver medal at the World Junior Championships before the season started.

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NORFOLK, Va. –  No. 5 Mizzou Wrestling claimed its eighth straight conference tournament title after winning the Mid-American Conference Championship with 180.0 team points Saturday afternoon at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mizzou claimed six conference titles as all six wrestlers who advanced to the finals won their championships bouts. All 10 Mizzou wrestlers finished fourth or better, with nine of 10 taking at least third. Mizzou also broke its own championship record with 180.0 team points, topping the mark set by last year's team (177.0).

Mizzou's six individual MAC Champions are:

All six earn automatic spots to the NCAA Championships. After two pins and a technical fall, Eierman was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. He won his third MAC title Saturday. Lewis became just the eighth wrestler to earn four MAC Championships and first to do so since J'den Cox did so. Erneste and Eierman each earned their third MAC titles.


Team Scores

  1. Missouri - 180.0
  2. Buffalo - 113.5
  3. Old Dominion - 113.0
  4. Central Michigan  - 110.5
  5. Ohio - 99.5
  6. Northern Illinois - 98.0
  7. SIU Edwardsville - 68.5
  8. Kent State - 64.0


  • Mizzou claimed its seventh straight MAC Tournament title and its eighth straight conference title dating back to its final year in the Big 12.
  • Mizzou racked up 180.0 total team points, the best in MAC Tournament history.
  • Mizzou won six individual titles Saturday with all six of those wrestlers clinching a spot at the NCAA Championships. Mizzou also clinched spots to the NCAA Tournament at 125 and heavyweight based on the league's allocations. Mizzou will need wild cards at 165 and 197 in order to send all 10 to the NCAA Championships.
  • Freshman Dack Punke picked up his first pin of the season in his first consolation match, pinning Shakur Laney of Ohio in 3:13 to advance to the third-place bout. He finished fourth on Saturday and earned his first berth to the NCAA Tournament.
  • RS senior John Erneste claimed his third MAC Championship Saturday.
  • RS junior Jaydin Eierman became a three-time MAC Champion as well.
  • RS senior Daniel Lewis extended his personal win streak to 16 bouts, earning 10 pins during that stretch.  With his 11-2 major decision Saturday in the finals, becomes just the eighth four-time MAC Champion in league history and first since Mizzou's J'den Coxdid so in 2017.
  • Freshman Brock Mauller, with his title win, now has 29 wins in his true freshman campaign, the most for a Mizzou freshman grappler since J'den Cox had 38 in 2013-14. Mauller's only two losses of the season have come to the same wrestler.


  • 125 Pounds – #22 Dack Punke (11-10) – Fourth Place Finish – NCAA Qualifier
    • Quarterfinal vs. Kyle Akins (Buffalo) – W, 4-1
    • Semifinal vs. Michael McGee (Old Dominion) – L, 7-1 (1:33 RT)
    • Consolation Round vs. Shakur Laney (Ohio) – W, Fall (3:13)
    • Third Place Match vs. Bryce West (NIU) – L, 3-2
  • 133 Pounds – #7 John Erneste (18-4) – MAC Champion (third in his career) – NCAA Qualifier
    • Quarterfinal vs. Austin Macias (SIU-Edwardsville) – W, Fall (0:57)
    • Semifinal vs. Tim Rooney (Kent State) – W, Fall (5:56)
    • Final vs. Derek Spann (Buffalo) – W, 6-2
  • 141 Pounds – #4 Jaydin Eierman (24-3) - MAC Champion (third in his career) – NCAA Qualifier
    • Quarterfinal vs. Lucas Bernal (SIU-Edwardsville) – W, Technical Fall, 19-3
    • Semifinal vs. Sa'Derian Perry (Old Dominion) – W, Fall (2:59)
    • Final vs. Bryan Lantry (Buffalo) – W, Fall (3:27)
  • 149 Pounds – #6 Brock Mauller (28-2) – MAC Champion (first in his career) – NCAA Qualifier
    • Quarterfinal vs. Jason Estevez (Buffalo) – W, Technical Fall, 17-0
    • Semifinal vs. Tyshawn Williams (SIU-Edwardsville) – W, 7-1
    • Final vs. Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) – W, 6-2 (2:49 RT)
  • 157 Pounds – #16 Jarrett Jacques (26-6) – MAC Champion (first in his career) – NCAA Qualifier
    • Quarterfinal vs. Mason Kauffman (NIU) – W, 2-1
    • Semifinal vs. Alex Smythe (Buffalo) – W, 10-3 (1:48 RT)
    • Final vs. Larry Early (Old Dominion) – W, 3-1
  • 165 Pounds – #13 Connor Flynn (20-7) – Third Place – Will Need Wild Card
    • Quarterfinal vs. Bret Fedewa (Central Michigan) –W, Fall (0:41)
    • Semifinal vs. Colt Yinger (Ohio) – L, 5-4 (Flynn, 2:40 RT)
    • Consolation vs. Shane Jones (Old Dominion) – W, Technical Fall, 17-0 (3:15 RT)
    • Third-Place Match vs. Nate Higgins (SIU-Edwardsville) – W, 15-2 (2:55 RT)
  • 174 Pounds – #2 Daniel Lewis (24-1) – MAC Champion (fourth in his career) – NCAA Qualifier  
    • Quarterfinal vs. Logan Stanley (Ohio) – W, Fall (1:00)
    • Semifinal vs. Colin Lieber (Central Michigan) – W, Fall (2:59)
    • Final vs. Brit Wilson (NIU) – W, Major Decision, 11-2 (3:14 RT)
  • 184 Pounds – #18 Dylan Wisman (16-7) – MAC Champion (first in his career) – NCAA Qualifier
    • Quarterfinal vs. Logan Rill (Buffalo) – W, Technical Fall, 20-4 (2:40 RT)
    • Semifinal vs. Jordan Atienza (Central Michigan) – W, Fall (6:07)
    • Final vs. Andrew McNally (Kent State) – W, 9-4 (2:56 RT)
  • 197 Pounds – #25 Wyatt Koelling (20-10) – Third Place – Will Need a Wild Card
    • Quarterfinal vs. Max Ihry (NIU) – W, 6-2 (1:32 RT)
    • Semifinal vs. Timothy Young (Old Dominion) – L, 3-1
    • Consolation vs. Derek Hillman (Ohio) – W, 4-0 (2:09 RT)
    • Third Place Match vs. Max Ihry (NIU) – W, 3-2
  • 285 Pounds – #23 Zach Elam (22-9) – Third Place – NCAA Qualifier  
    • Quarterfinal vs. Spencer Berthold (Kent State) – W, Major Decision, 12-0 (6:04 RT)
    • Semifinal vs. Colton McKiernan (SIU-Edwardsville) – L, Fall, 7:30 (SV-1)
    • Consolation vs. Zack Parker (Ohio) – W, 6-0 (2:54 RT)
    • Third-Place Match vs. Jake Gunning (Buffalo) – W, 3-0 (1:52 RT)

Mizzou will now wait for its NCAA Tournament seedings. At-large spots will be announced Tuesday (March 12) afternoon and the NCAA selection show, which unveils the complete brackets and seeds, is scheduled for Wednesday (March 13) at 5 p.m. (CT).

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It was great to be in the Steel City for the tournament supporting this excellent group of young men that wrestles for Mizzou. Mizzou had a very good tournament actually exceeding expectations with 4 All Americans. Erneste in probably one of/if not the most brutal brackets in my time going to the NCAA tournament put us over the top. Elam is another wrestler who went over exprctations. We had a few wrestlers who I had hope of winning 1 or 2 more matches but Erneste and Elam's performance still puts Mizzou above expectations overall in my opinion. We were 6th in the team race would have been 5th without the stupid penalty. Miklus scored 12 team points for Iowa State so even with his points and with out the penalty we would have still been in fourth, one point behind Iowa.

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Agree with milbruem.  Love the direction of the Mizzou program.  How many teams can say they had three true freshman compete at Nationals; one AA (Brock), one an eyelash away from AA (Elam) and JJ showed growth with his performance all season.

Wrestlers and coaches continue to improve the program every year!   Congrats to the entire team and coaching staff.



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3 hours ago, mlbruem said:

It was great to be in the Steel City for the tournament supporting this excellent group of young men that wrestles for Mizzou. Mizzou had a very good tournament actually exceeding expectations with 4 All Americans. Erneste in probably one of/if not the most brutal brackets in my time going to the NCAA tournament put us over the top. Elam is another wrestler who went over exprctations. We had a few wrestlers who I had hope of winning 1 or 2 more matches but Erneste and Elam's performance still puts Mizzou above expectations overall in my opinion. We were 6th in the team race would have been 5th without the stupid penalty. Miklus scored 12 team points for Iowa State so even with his points and with out the penalty we would have still been in fourth, one point behind Iowa.

Which match caused the penalty?  Was it Flynn/Joseph?  I missed it and i'd like to see if there's any video of it.

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