Mizzou Wrestling Heads to MAC Championships in Search of Ninth Straight Tournament Title
Tigers have won their postseason conference tournament every year since 2011-12
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Wrestling heads to the 2020 MAC Wrestling Championships this weekend (March 7-8) in search of its ninth consecutive postseason conference tournament championship. The two-day championship event gets underway Saturday (March 7) at 10 a.m. A complete schedule is below.
The MAC Championships not only serve as a chance to crown a league champion, but it also determines which MAC wrestlers will head to the NCAA Championships later this month. The league's 15 teams qualified 41 spots over the 10 weight classes, all of which will be up for grabs this weekend. The league averaged 2.7 bids per team this season, and Mizzou led the league with eight of the 41 spots.
Mizzou comes into the event wrestling arguably the best it has all season, coming off of a win over Big 12 Champion Iowa State, 27-6, to close the regular season. The Tigers won six of their final eight duals to close the regular season, taking No. 5 Arizona State to the wire in one of its two losses as well.
Saturday, March 7th
9:00 am Doors open to public
10:00 am Opening Round (70 matches, 4 mats)
12:30 pm Championship Quarterfinals (40 matches, 2 mats)
Consolation Round 1 (40 matches, 2 mats)
4:00 pm Championship Semifinals (20 matches, 2 mats)
Consolation Round 2 (40 matches, 2 mats)
Sunday, March 8th
11:00 am Doors open to public
12:00 pm Consolation Quarterfinals (20 matches, 4 mats)
12:45 pm Consolation Semifinals (20 matches, 4 mats)
1:30 pm Championship Finals Parade & Face Off Introductions
1:40 pm Championship Finals.
MIZZOU AT THE MAC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
As mentioned above, Mizzou is looking for its ninth straight conference tournament title, dating back to 2011-12 when the program claimed the Big 12 Championship before leaving the league for the MAC. Since then, Mizzou has claimed the last seven MAC Tournament titles, including a tournament-record 180.0 points last year. The year prior in 2017-18, Mizzou set what was a meet record with 177.0 team points.
Mizzou will have three grapplers defending MAC titles – sophomore Brock Mauller (149), sophomore Jarrett Jacques (157) and senior Dylan Wisman (184). In all, six Tigers earned tournament titles last season.
Below are last year's team standings:
Mizzou – 180.0
Buffalo – 113.5
Central Michigan – 112.5
Old Dominion – 111.0
Ohio – 99.5
NIU – 98.0
SIU-E – 68.5
Kent State – 66.0
A LARGER FIELD AND NCAA ALLOCATIONS
This year's MAC Championships will look different than in the past as the expansion of the league last year grew the membership from eight institutions to 15, making it NCAA Wrestling's second-largest conference. In all, the MAC's 15 teams will be fighting for 41 NCAA Championship allocations this weekend, with Mizzou bringing eight of the 41 spots to the conference meet. Of the 10 weight classes, nine have at least three allocations, meaning at least the top three finishers in each weight class will head to the NCAA Championships later this month. Only the 165-pound weight class had fewer than three (two). Below is a breakdown of the allocations at each weight class:
Should Mizzou wrestle to seed at the MAC Championships, it would qualify a wrestler at seven of 10 weight classes (133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184 and 197).
A LOOK AT THE TIGER STYLE LINEUP
125: Cameron Valdiviez – RPI: NA – Coach's Ranking: NA – Record: 16-10 – MAC Seed: 4 – Kansas City, Mo.
His eight pins are the most among Tiger starters.
Last year he finished with a 9-5 record with seven of those wins obtaining bonus points.
Has 3-2 record in MAC bouts this season.
Battled with Dack Punke for the team's top spot at 125-pounds, and earned the spot midway through the season due to his ability to rack up bonus-point wins.
133: Allan Hart – RPI: #13 – Coach's Ranking: #21 – Record: 17-8 – MAC Seed: 3 – Akron, Ohio
Wrestled eight top-ranked national wrestlers and went 4-4 during a breakout sophomore season, getting better as the year went along.
Defeated ranked wrestlers: Todd Small (Iowa State - 4-0), Jack Skydlarczyk (UNI - 14-2), Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma State - 11-7), and Jamie Hernandez (North Carolina - Fall 5:22).
Went 3-2 in MAC bouts and 7-5 in duals this season.
Comes into the MAC Championships riding a five-match win streak and has won seven of his last eight bouts – his only loss in that span came to Kent State's Tim Rooney on Jan. 19.
141: Grant Leeth – RPI: #28 – Coach's Ranking: #28 – Record: 11-4 – MAC Seed: 5 – Kearney, Mo.
2018 MAC Champion at 149 pounds and a 2018 NCAA All-American (sixth place).
Won four of his last five bouts heading into the MAC tournament.
Moved to 141 pounds this season after suffering a shoulder injury that ended his season at 149 pounds a year ago … Moved to 141 after the emergence of Brock Mauller at 149, who took Leeth's spot during his injury a year ago.
In his return he has gone 6-3 in duals and 2-3 in the MAC
Got to his 15 matches needed to qualify for the MAC Championships at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet, winning two of the three bouts in that tournament by fall.
149: Brock Mauller – RPI: #3 – Coach's Ranking: #4 – Record: 24-1 – MAC Seed: 1 – Columbia, Mo.
Currently on a 12-match win streak and has not lost since the calendar flipped to 2020 – his only loss came to Wyoming's Jaron Jensen during the South Beach Duals on Dec. 30.
Is the win leader on the team with 24 wins and has 56 wins over his first two seasons.
Team leader in major decisions, winning six matches by eight or more points.
Competed in both the Southeast Open and Cougar Clash where he place first at both tournaments.
Undefeated in both tournament matches (7-0) and MAC Duals (8-0) and is a perfect 13-0 in MAC dual bouts in his career.
MAC Wrestler of the Week on January 29, after his dominant wins over McCoy Kent of Northern Illinois 10-1 and Gus Sutton of Cleveland State 14-4.
MAC Wrestler of the Week on February 5, after beating top-ranked Boo Lewallen of Oklahoma State in sudden victory, 5-3.
Ranked in the top-five consistently this season and peaked at No. 1 in one of the polls.
Last year he was the MAC Champion at 149 pounds beating Old Dominion's Kevin Budock.
Reigning All-American as he took sixth at NCAAs as a true freshman.
Beat five of the wrestlers in the current 149-pound rankings.
157: Jarrett Jacques – RPI: #26 – Coach's Ranking: #14 – Record: 22-6 – MAC Seed: 3 – Columbia, Mo.
Competed at the Southeast Open, Lindenwood Open and Cougar Clash, placing first at all three.
MAC Wrestler of the Week on January 22, after upsetting then No. 12 Logan Parks of Central Michigan.
Finished the regular season with a 22-6 record and comes into the MAC Championships with only one loss against MAC teams losing to Zac Carson of Ohio, 3-2.
All six of his losses were decided by three points or fewer and came against top-25 wrestlers.
Last year he was the MAC Champion at 157 pounds and went 1-2 at the national tournament as a true freshman.
165: Peyton Mocco – RPI: #24 – Coach's Ranking: #29 – Record: 23-11 – MAC Seed: 2 – West Allis, Wis.
Undefeated in MAC Conference Duals, going a perfect 6-0 in his first year as a starter
Last year, he went 9-3 with five of his victories decided via fall and one by tech fall.
Went 11-5 in Duals and 9-4 in tournament matches this season
His 23 wins on the season are second on the team to only Brock Mauller.
Trained with former Tiger Style great Ben Askren during high school.
Is 15-4 since Dec. 14, 2019, as he came on late and wrestled really well down the stretch.
His six pins are second-most among starters while 12 of his 23 wins have earned team bonus points.
174: Connor Flynn – RPI: #18 - Coach's Ranking: #27 – Record: 17-7 – MAC Seed: 4 – Dardenne Prairie, Mo.
MAC Wrestler of the Week on November 6, after beating then ranked No. 18 Cody Hughes via major decision (12-1), and then went 4-0 at the Southeast Open Championship, which included two wins by major decision.
The entire team wrestled Illinois at his former high school – Francis Howell – in St. Charles, Mo., earlier this season.
Unbeaten this year in MAC Conference Duals, going 3-0.
Battled Jeremiah Kent throughout the year to be the starter at 174 pounds, before Flynn took over the position late in the season.
Last year he ended the season 21-9, and 7-0 in MAC conference duals.
Currently ranked in the top 20.
2018 MAC Champion at 165 pounds and took third last year.
NCAA qualifier in both 2018 and 2019.
184: Dylan Wisman – RPI: #19 – Coach's Ranking: #27 – Record: 16-7 – MAC Seed: 2 – Winchester, Va.
MAC Champion at 184 pounds last, getting there by a fall and a technical fall.
Wisman has not lost a MAC dual this year, going 8-0, while obtaining bonus points in six of those matches.
Six out of the seven losses for Wisman came from top-25 wrestlers, including three in the top 10.
NCAA qualifier a year ago and comes into the postseason wrestling the best he has during his career, winning 14 of his last 19 bouts.
197: Wyatt Koelling – RPI: #10 – Coach's Ranking: #20 – Record: 19-5 – MAC Seed: 3 – Kaysville, Utah
Last year Koelling post a 20-10 record at 197 pounds but fell short of the NCAA Tournament by one win.
This year Koelling has a 19-5 overall record and a 7-1 record in MAC Duals.
Had an eight-bout win streak during the season and won seven of his final nine bouts heading into the MAC Championships.
Has wins over top-ranked Kordell Norfleet, Stephen Buchanan and Colin McCracken.
Was the top alternate at 197 pounds for the NCAA Championships a season ago after finishing third at last year's MAC Championships.
Heavyweight – Jake Bohlken – RPI: NA – Coach's Ranking: NA – Record: 10-13 – MAC Seed: NR – Smithville, Mo.
Has only allowed bonus points against him in one match.
The majority of his losses were decided by 1-3 points.
Went 7-3 in tournament matches and 2-5 in MAC Duals.
Last year he was the heavyweight runner-up at the South Beach Duals Individual Tournament.
Be sure to follow Mizzou Wrestling's social media feeds for live updates throughout the MAC Championships this weekend, and MUTigers.com will be your home for results, recaps and video recaps of the tournament.
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