Missouri wrestling sends two to the NCAA Wrestling semifinals

University of Missouri Tigers / MGN Online

After three sessions at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, six Mizzou Wrestling grapplers remain alive and in search of podium finishes.

With wins the quarterfinals, redshirt sophomore 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt junior 174-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) each punched their tickets to the semifinals and guaranteed All-America finishes.

Lewis becomes just the sixth wrestler in program history to earn three or more All-America honors, while Eierman collected his second top-eight finish at the National Tournament.

Mizzou's two semifinalists marks the sixth consecutive season the Tigers have had two or more wrestlers in the NCAA semifinals.

In head coach Brian Smith's 20 seasons, Mizzou has had at least one semifinalist in 15 seasons, and multiple semifinalists in eight seasons.

On the back side, redshirt junior 133-pounder John Erneste (Kansas City, Mo.) and redshirt senior 157-pounder Joey Lavallee (Reno, Nev.) each picked up two wins to stay alive and remain in contention for All-America finishes. Redshirt junior 149-pounder Grant Leeth (Kearney, Mo.) and redshirt senior 197-pounder Willie Miklus (Altoona, Iowa) each dropped quarterfinals bouts and will now wrestle in the consolation rounds. All four will wrestle in tonight's round of 12, with one win guaranteeing an All-America finish.


In the team race, Mizzou stayed steady after the third session, as it sits in sixth-place with 41 points. Ohio State kept its lead in the race with 80 points, followed by Penn State (67 points), Michigan (59.5 points), Iowa (53 points) and NC State (44 points).

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