ST. LOUIS — After advancing four wrestlers to quarterfinal competition Thursday, Missouri is in 10th place at the NCAA wrestling championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The Tigers’ Michael Chandler (157 pounds), Raymond Jordan (174) , Max Askren (197) and Mark Ellis (heavyweight) all went 2-0 in the opening round to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. But Nick Marable, seeded fifth at 165 pounds, fell 5-2 to unseeded Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford. Marable, coming off of his second-straight Big 12 title, said it was his goal to win a national championship. Now, the best he can finish is third, which is where he placed last year.
Missouri coach Brian Smith said Marable took a blow to his head early in his first match and did not wrestle like himself afterwards. He said he thought, as a whole, his team wrestled hard .
“You’re never happy,” Smith said. You want everybody to advance, but we have to keep working. Marable has to come back on the backside for us. It’s a long tournament. The first day is not the tournament. The second and third days are.”
Jordan was the Tigers’ most dominant wrestler on Thursday. He beat Bucknell’s Shane Riccio 11-2 in his first match and defeated Iowa State’s Ryan Burk 12-4 in his second match. Both were major decisions, which gains more points for the team. Jordan wrestles fourth-seeded Jay Borschel of Iowa in the quarterfinals Friday morning. Jordan lost to Borschel earlier in the season.
“I’m really excited to wrestle him,” Jordan said. “It’s always good to wrestle someone who beat you to see how much you’ve progressed and how much your hard work has paid off.”
Missouri’s Marcus Hoehn, a No. 8 seed at 141 pounds, won his first match but was upset in the second round by 12th-seeded Drew Lashaway of Kent State. Tigers redshirt freshman Dorian Henderson, a 184-pounder, and sophomore Todd Schavrien, a 133-pounder, lost their opening round matches, but neither was considered an upset.