Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The No. 5 Missouri Tigers Wrestling team traveled to the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia to compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship on March 9 and March 10. The Tigers claimed victory of the MAC with 180.0 team points, an astounding 66.5 points ahead of second place Buffalo. The Tigers had six competitors advance to the finals; all six of those wrestlers went on to win their match to claim conference titles. The Tigers’ score of 180.0 broke the conference championship’s record of 177.0, which was set by last year’s Missouri wrestling team. This win by the Tigers marks their seventh straight MAC title and eighth straight conference title dating back to Mizzou’s final year in the Big 12.

The Missouri Tigers had 10 wrestlers compete in the MAC championships, and all 10 Missouri’s wrestlers finished the tournament ranked fourth or better. The six individual MAC Champions that the Tigers produced include redshirt seniors John Erneste and Daniel Lewis, redshirt juniors Jaydin Eierman and Dylan Wisman, and freshmen Brock Mauller and Jarrett Jacques. All six of these wrestlers earned an automatic spot in the NCAA Championships. The Tigers received more good news as Jaydin Eierman’s two pins and technical fall led him to being crowned as the Most Outstanding Wrestler. Tigers Redshirt Senior Daniel Lewis became the eighth wrestler in MAC history to claim four conference championships. The last wrestler to accomplish this feat was former Tiger J’den Cox.

The Tigers now will wait to find out their tournament seedings. The at-large bids will be announced on March 12th, along with the rest of the brackets and seedings.