Overall: Mizzou finished in 6th place, just half a point back of fifth place Michigan. Mizzou had a really solid tournament and were probably slightly above expectations entering the weekend at most weights.
I was really impressed overall with Mizzou’s conditioning as well as their match strategy. Coach Smith did a great job of preparing his guys and overall the performance was incredible for such a young squad. Mizzou wrestled really well from top all weekend and had some great neutral offense as well.
Elam nearly had a magical run to placing and will likely improve greatly. Wisman, Flynn and Jacques could also certainly push to have better tournaments next season.
Erneste and Lewis will be missed greatly for their leadership and the hustle and fight they have shown throughout their careers.
With Eierman set to take an Olympic redshirt next season only Mauller returns of the four AA’s for next season, but the cupboard is far from empty.
Grant Leeth will likely return next season to bolster the squad with another former AA, as well as past NCAA qualifier Canten Marriott being a threat to claim the 174 spot.
Some young studs will have an opportunity as well. Next season should be an exciting season for the Mizzou faithful, as they potentially load up for big runs in 2021 and 2022. Thanks for reading! Have a good offseason!
125- Dack Punke (11-12), (0-2)
R1-Sean Russell (Minnesota) 28-6 won by major decision over Dack Punke (Missouri) 11-12 (MD 16-6)
WB32- Cole Verner (Wyoming) 23-15 won by decision over Dack Punke (Missouri) 11-12 (Dec 4-2)
Thoughts: Punke wrestled tough against Verner and gave himself a chance to win a match at this tournament. The bout did not go in his favor, but Punke showed a lot of heart and this experience will only further motivate him and help him to push forward as he competes for a spot at this weight going forward.
133-John Erneste (22-7), (6th)
R1-John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 won by major decision over Derek Spann (Buffalo) 21-6 (MD 8-0)
R2-John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 won by decision over DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) 36-8 (Dec 4-0) Q-Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) 34-2 won by major decision over John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 (MD 11-3)
WB12-John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 won in sudden victory - 2 over Tariq Wilson (NC State) 17-5 (SV-2 9-7)
WB8-John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 won by major decision over Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) 25-7 (MD 10-0 CS-Stevan Micic (Michigan) 19-1 won by major decision over John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 (MD 17-4)
5th-Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 won by decision over John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 (Dec 11-6)
Thoughts: Erneste had a really solid tournament. His win over Wilson who upset him last season on the way to a magical unseeded win to third was extremely gutsy. Erneste had a hard time with Wilson’s length and was losing the takedown battle throughout, but got a clutch four point nearfall and a big escape late to tie the bout and head to OT. In overtime Erneste was the aggressor and came close to a takedown a couple times, and finally got one with one second left in the second OT. It was an extremely gutsy match. Erneste then controlled RBY (Roman Bravo-Young in his consolation quarter match and scored an extra point for the team. Erneste was consistently good from top all tournament and he forced guys to wrestle to stay away from his top game. The last day did not go how Erneste wanted, but he was overlooked by a vast majority of the wrestling community heading into his final tournament and he went out on the podium in a historically stacked 133 lb weight class. Great tournament and career for Erneste as a Tiger. He maximized his talent and was always a pleasure to watch compete. Great performance for him here.
Jaydin Eierman (28-4), (3rd)
R1-Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 28-4 won by fall over Chris Debien (Chattanooga) 24-13 (Fall 4:41) R2-Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 28-4 won by decision over Cameron Kelly (Ohio) 20-5 (Dec 10-8)
Q- Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 28-4 won by decision over Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) 35-8 (Dec 8-3) S-Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) 29-0 won by decision over Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 28-4 (Dec 6-5) CS-Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 28-4 won by decision over Mitch McKee (Minnesota) 24-8 (Dec 8-5) 3rd- Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) 28-4 won by decision over Dom Demas (Oklahoma) 34-9 (Dec 2-0)
Thoughts: Eierman wrestled a great tournament here. He was able to score bonus early and beat a very solid Kelly and then Shoop who is tremendously dangerous from the top position.