First Day NCAA Tournament Reactions

The team wrestled pretty well on day one. Hopefully they can build on it and advance a bunch of guys into the semis and bloodround. Anything can happen if you can make it to those bouts. A top four finish is not yet out of reach for Missouri.

March 22, 2019


#6 Sean Russell, MINN Maj. #27 Dack Punke 16-6
#22 Cole Verner, WYO Dec. Dack Punke 4-2

Thoughts: Punke wrestled hard in both of his bouts, but was outmatched in the first and could not quite finish late in the second. The effort was there. It was a solid performance by Punke and he will have more opportunities to shine in upcoming seasons.


#8 John Erneste Maj. Derek Spann, UB 8-0
#8 John Erneste Dec. DJ Fehlman, LH 4-0

Thoughts: It was nice to see Erneste going out and bonusing Spann, as their first bout at MAC’s was a bit closer. Erneste wrestled a great second bout, in which his chain wrestling was fantastic. Fehlman had no answer for his top game, and Erneste was able to collect a really slick takedown in the third to really put the match away. It was a really impressive first day for Erneste and I am excited to see how he competes in day two.

Next: Quarter against #1 Daton Fix, OKST (Fix beat Erneste 9-2 in the dual). Keys for Erneste against Fix are taking away his inside trip and going to work on top here if he gets some opportunities. This is a big bout for Erneste, so I look for him to come out firing on all cylinders.


#5 Jaydin Eierman Fall over #28 Chris Debien, CHATT
#5 Jaydin Eierman Dec. #12 Cam Kelly, OHIO 10-8

Thoughts: Eierman looked fantastic in his first match. He pushed the pace throughout and then was able to grab a fall in the second period, which really helped the team out. In his second match Eierman was smooth early and amassed a nice lead over Kelly.

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