Missouri won its eighth straight conference title (Photo/Missouri Athletics)
NORFOLK, Va. — No. 5 Mizzou Wrestling claimed its eighth straight conference tournament title after winning the Mid-American Conference Championship with 180.0 team points Saturday afternoon at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Mizzou claimed six conference titles as all six wrestlers who advanced to the finals won their championships bouts. All 10 Mizzou wrestlers finished fourth or better, with nine of 10 taking at least third. Mizzou also broke its own championship record with 180.0 team points, topping the mark set by last year’s team (177.0).
Mizzou’s six individual MAC champions are:
RS senior John Erneste – 133 – Third Career Title
RS junior Jaydin Eierman – 141 – Third Career Title
Freshman Brock Mauller – 149 – First Career Title
Freshman Jarrett Jacques – 157 – First Career Title
RS senior Daniel Lewis – 174 – Fourth Career Title
RS junior Dylan Wisman – 184 First Career Title
All six earn automatic spots to the NCAA Championships. After two pins and a technical fall, Eierman was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. He won his third MAC title Saturday. Lewis became just the eighth wrestler to earn four MAC Championships and first to do so since J’den Cox did so. Erneste and Eierman each earned their third MAC titles.
Missouri – 180.0
Buffalo – 113.5
Old Dominion – 113.0
Central Michigan – 110.5
Ohio – 99.5
Northern Illinois – 98.0
SIU Edwardsville – 68.5
Kent State – 64.0
Mizzou claimed its seventh straight MAC Tournament title and its eighth straight conference title dating back to its final year in the Big 12.
Mizzou racked up 180.0 total team points, the best in MAC Tournament history.
Mizzou won six individual titles Saturday with all six of those wrestlers clinching a spot at the NCAA Championships. Mizzou also clinched spots to the NCAA Tournament at 125 and heavyweight based on the league’s allocations. Mizzou will need wild cards at 165 and 197 in order to send all 10 to the NCAA Championships.
Freshman Dack Punke picked up his first pin of the season in his first consolation match, pinning Shakur Laney of Ohio in 3:13 to advance to the third-place bout. He finished fourth on Saturday and earned his first berth to the NCAA Tournament.
RS senior John Erneste claimed his third MAC Championship Saturday.
RS junior Jaydin Eierman became a three-time MAC Champion as well.
RS senior Daniel Lewis extended his personal win streak to 16 bouts, earning 10 pins during that stretch. With his 11-2 major decision Saturday in the finals, becomes just the eighth four-time MAC champion in league history and first since Mizzou’s J’den Cox did so in 2017.
Freshman Brock Mauller, with his title win, now has 29 wins in his true freshman campaign, the most for a Mizzou freshman grappler since J’den Cox had 38 in 2013-14. Mauller’s only two losses of the season have come to the same wrestler.