MU Wrestling Tops National Rankings
The Tigers started the season with three straight wins over ranked teams Ohio State, Michigan State and Central Michigan. MU also took first place in a Las Vegas tournament earlier in the season. Six Missouri wrestlers are ranked in the top 20 of their weight classes. The team is excited about being number one, but knows it's the final ranking in March that matters most.
"I still look at it as this team works hard and they're doing what they're supposed to," said Coach Brian Smith. "They've earned this ranking and now we have to fight to hang on to it. It'll be interesting though because you kind of have a bulls-eye on you."
Junior wrestler Tyler McCormick said, "I kind of looked at the teams and it is surprising because you would expect a lot more teams, but it just shows the tradition in wrestling. There's so many traditions, programs and stuff. I think Missouri is just the next great tradition."