Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The No. 6 ranked Missouri Wrestling team traveled west to Las Vegas to
participate in one of the premier college wrestling tournaments, the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, over the weekend. Overall the Tigers had a good tournament, finishing second out of ten teams.

The Tigers were led by John Erneste (133), Jaydin Eierman (141), and Daniel Lewis (174) who all
advanced to the championship bracket for their weight classes. Eierman used two pins and a 3-2 decision
to lead him to the semifinals, while Erneste picked up three pins, and Lewis had two falls and a major. At the
end of day one the Tigers ranked second, behind the Ohio State Buckeyes who had six wrestlers move onto the
championship bracket.

A total of five Tigers finished earned podium finishes, and two were runners-up, which resulted in a
total of 115.5 points. Missouri’s 115.5 points slotted them at second place spot, 32.5 points behind the
1st place and No. 2 in the country Ohio State Buckeyes. The Tigers were able to beat out other ranked
opponents such as: the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan Wolverines, Minnesota Gophers, and the
Northern Iowa Panthers.

The tournament is another step for Missouri in building a case that they’re one of the best programs in the nation. The Tigers now travel back to Columbia after a successful weekend in Las Vegas and will
get ready to face off against the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars. The match against the
Cougars will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th at the Hearnes Center.