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Hearnes Center – Wrestling

Wrestling Information
  • Location: Fourth Floor Hearnes Center
  • Original Room Opened: 1972 (then one of the largest mat areas in the nation with one and a half circles); Renovation and Extension Completed: Fall 2004
  • New Room: 60x104 ft mat area with three full-size competition circles, 46 stadium seats and state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout area (now one of the largest wrestling facilities in the nation)
  • Old Room: Converted into the Missouri wrestling weight room
  • Post Season Wrestling Events
    Hosted at the Hearnes Center (By Year)
    • 1973 Big Eight Championships
    • 1977 Big Eight Championships
    • 1991 Big Eight Championships
    • 1997 Big 12 Championships
    • 2003 Big 12 Championships
    • 2007 Big 12 Championships
    • 2012 Big 12 Championships
    • 2013 NWCA Cliff Keen National Dual Regional

Located on the fourth floor of the Hearnes Center, the original wrestling facility was first used in 1972 by then-Head Coach Hap Whitney and his Tiger squad. With one-and-a-half circles, the facility held one of the largest mat areas in the nation. Three coaches and 32 years later, the Missouri wrestling team moved into its current home, a state-of-the-art facility, also located in the fourth floor of Hearnes. Opened in the Fall of 2004, the converted basketball practice gymnasium houses three full-size competition circles (60x104 feet of mat area), 46 stadium seats and a cardiovascular workout area. Current Wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith and his team are once again at home in the largest facility in the nation.

Wrestling Room

Missouri's old wrestling room, now a weight room, combined with a lounge, three coaches offices and a video room have given the Tigers a workout area unlike any other in the country.

After several years of hosting duals in the Hearnes Fieldhouse, the Tiger wrestling squad now hosts all events, excluding the Missouri Open, on the main floor of the Hearnes Center. Over the past 30 plus years, attendance to Missouri's wrestling events has continued to grow, with the largest crowd (2,128) recorded Jan. 22, 2006, in Missouri's televised dual against No. 1 Oklahoma State.

The Missouri Open, an annual event drawing teams from across the Midwest, continues to run in the Hearnes Fieldhouse. Attracting nearly 600 wrestlers from 20 teams, the all-day event pits several of the nation's best wrestlers against one another.

Since 1973 the University of Missouri has hosted three Big Eight Championships and the 2003 Big 12 Championships. In 2007, the five teams of the Big 12 will converge in Columbia, Mo., for the 11th annual league championships, Saturday, March 3.