Three Missouri wrestlers earned top-five seeds when the NCAA seeding committee released the complete brackets for the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Wednesday night.
Redshirt senior Daniel Lewis (174 pounds) was named the No. 2 seed in his weight class after winning his fourth conference title at MAC Championships last weekend. Freshman Brock Mauller (149) will enter the championships as the No. 4 seed, while redshirt junior Jaydin Eierman (141) is seeded at No. 5. Mauller and Eierman both won conference titles last weekend as well, automatically earning themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Lewis will square off against Princeton’s unranked Travis Stefanik to start the tournament, and Mauller is set to face Matt Zovistoski from Appalachian State. Eierman has a match against Chattanooga’s Chris Debien. This will be the first meeting between all three of the Tigers and their opponents.
Missouri is also being represented at the tournament by six others: freshmen No. 13 Jarrett Jacques (157) and No. 20 Zach Elam (285), redshirt freshman No. 28 Dack Punke (125), redshirt juniors No. 15 Connor Flynn (165) and No. 14 Dylan Wisman (184), and redshirt senior No. 8 John Erneste (133). The only Tiger who competed last weekend, but didn’t make the bracket was redshirt sophomore Wyatt Koelling.
This marks the second-straight year the Tigers have had at least nine wrestlers in the Championships. It’s the seventh time in the past nine seasons they have achieved that feat.
The NCAA Championships will take place from March 21-23 in Pittsburgh.