Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:32 PM by Brianna Stubler, KOMU 8 Sports
Updated: Nov 19, 2013 7:09 PM
COLUMBIA - Four athletes signed letters of intent Tuesday morning to wrestle for the University of Missouri next season.
The Mizzou wrestling program announced Sam Crane, John Erneste, Daniel Lewis, and Jacob Semple signed for the 2014-2015 season. Their accomplishments are varied but include state championships and national rankings.
The Tigers took second this season and hope to perform even better next year with the additional freshman.
Sam Crane won state once, was a finalist three times, and is ranked 14th nationally.
John Erneste won 1st team all-conference three times, was a State runner-up and is a three-time academic All-State champion.
Daniel Lewis is a three time State champion, made the Missouri national team three times, and ranked 7th in the country.
Jacob Semple is a two-time All-American in Greco-Roman and Freestyle, and is ranked first against Missouri heavyweights.
Coach Brian Smith said he wanted athletes who would not only compliment the ‘Tiger Style,' but who were great wrestlers as well as great students. All four future Tigers who signed have academic as well as athletic accomplishments.