Mizzou Wrestling Finishes Sixth at NCAA Championships

Mizzou’s sixth-place finish is its fourth straight NCAA top-10 finish, the seventh under head coach Brian Smith, and the eighth overall.

March 19, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mizzou Wrestling concluded its 2017-18 season at the fifth session of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, as four Mizzou wrestlers earned All-America honors while the Tigers sit in sixth-place in the team race. With one session remaining, Mizzou has locked up sixth place, as Virginia Tech sits 14 points behind the Tigers with 47.5 points in seventh place.

Mizzou’s sixth-place finish is its fourth straight NCAA top-10 finish, the seventh under head coach Brian Smith, and the eighth overall. Mizzou’s four All-Americans marks the sixth time in program history the Tigers have recorded four or more All-Americans. Mizzou recorded five All-Americans in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017, and four in 2016


In the team race, Mizzou sits in sixth-place with 61.5 points with one session remaining. Ohio State regained the lead with 130.5 points, while Penn State is close behind with 124.5 points and five finalists remaining. Following the Nittany Lions is Iowa (93.0 points), Michigan (80.0 points), and NC State (76.0 points). 


Eierman defeated No. 8 Nick Lee (Penn State) by 12-4 major decision before falling to No. 4 Joey McKenna (Ohio State), 7-2, in the third place match to finish fourth. Eierman’s fourth-place finish is the highest All-American finish for Mizzou at 141 pounds, and the fourth overall, as he joins Todd Schavrien (sixth in 2011), Lavion Mayes (seventh in 2015) and his own fifth place finish in 2017. The now two-time NCAA All-American caps his sophomore campaign with a 32-3 mark with 24 wins coming by bonus points (16 falls, five major decisions, three technical falls). Eierman’s 16 falls this season match Rick Romero (1980-81) for the ninth-most falls in a season all-time in program history.

Leeth fell to No. 4 Troy Heilmann (UNC), 5-3, and No. 2 Brandon Sorenson (Iowa), 4-0, in the medal round to finish sixth. The Tiger junior finishes his first season as an attached wrestler with a record of 26-5, winning six matches by bonus points (three major decisions, two technical falls, one fall). The sixth-place place finish is the sixth consecutive All-America finish for Mizzou at 149 pounds, and the seventh overall, as Leeth joins Jeremy Spates (fifth in 2004), Drake Houdashelt (sixth in 2013, fifth in 2014, first in 2015) and Lavion Mayes (third in 2016, second in 2017).

Lewis won by injury default over No. 4 Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) before falling to No. 5 Myles Amine (Michigan), 4-2, in sudden victory to finish fourth for his third All-America honor. Lewis’ fourth-place finish is the first All-America honor for Mizzou at 174 pounds since 2009, and the sixth overall as Lewis joins Raymond Jordan (third in 2009) and Ben Askren (second in 2004, second in 2005, first in 2006, first in 2007). Lewis’ junior campaign will go down as one of the most prolific in Mizzou history, as his 33-2 record (.943) matches Alan Waters’ 2012-13 season as the ninth-best winning percentage in a season with 25 or more wins, while his 17 falls ranks sixth-best all-time in a single season. Heading into his senior campaign, Lewis currently ranks sixth all-time in career falls (36), seventh in career technical falls (10), and is 10 wins away from becoming the 28th member of Mizzou’s 100-win club.

Miklus fell to No. 5 Shakur Rasheed (Penn State) by major decision, 12-3, in the seventh place match to finish eighth for his third career All-America honor. Miklus becomes the fourth Tiger to earn the eighth All-America honor at 197 pounds for Mizzou, as he is preceded by Scott Barker (sixth in 2002), Max Askren (seventh in 2008, fifth in 2009) and J’den Cox (first in 2014, fifth in 2015, first in 2016, first in 2017). Miklus, who will return next year for a sixth year of eligibility, finishes his redshirt senior campaign with a record of 24-6 with 16 bonus point wins (six falls, seven technical falls, three major decisions). Miklus’ seven technical falls this season ranks fifth all-time in one season in program history. Entering his final collegiate season, Miklus ranks ninth in career falls (27), tenth in career technical falls, and is 22 wins away from career win 100.



Mizzou Head Coach Brian Smith

On the positives of the tournament…

“I’m proud of our four All-Americans. Grant Leeth loses a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals, then comes back and gets a couple of wins. Jaydin Eierman taking fourth in the country and moving up from last year. What Willie (Miklus) did, coming off that serious knee injury. I was telling him at the beginning of the year I didn’t think he would make it back, but he comes back and earns All-American for a third time. And Daniel Lewis too, taking fourth in the country and earning All-America for a third time. All of them returning, and three of the other guys who didn’t All-America out here, but won matches too are all returning, so there’s a hope. We have a great team coming back, but we have to improve in areas to get better at this tournament.” 

Session 5 Results

141: No. 2 Jaydin Eierman
Consolation Semifinals: No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) major dec. No. 8 Nick Lee (PSU): 12-4
Third Place Match: No. 4 Joey McKenna (OHST) dec. No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ): 7-2
149: No. 3 Grant Leeth
Consolation Semifinals: No. 4 Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. No. 3 Grant Leeth: 5-3
Fifth Place Match: No. 2 Brandon Sorenson (IOWA) dec. No. 3 Grant Leeth (MIZ): 4-0
174: No. 3 Daniel Lewis
Consolation Semifinals: No. 3 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) inj. default No. 4 Jordan Kutler (LEH): 2:00
Third Place Match: No. 5 Myles Amine (MICH) SV-1 No. 3 Daniel Lewis (MIZ): 4-2
197: No. 6 Willie Miklus
Seventh Place Match: No. 5 Shakur Rasheed (PSU) major dec. No. 6 Willie Miklus (MIZ): 12-3

Team Scores after Session 5

  1. Ohio State, 130.5
    2. Penn State, 124.5
    3. Iowa, 93.0
    4. Michigan, 80.0
    5. NC State, 76.0
    6. Mizzou, 61.5
    7. Virginia Tech, 47.5
    8. Nebraska, 47.0
    9. Cornell, 42.5
    10. Rutgers, 42.5