OUTLOOK: All-American Raymond Jordan finished fifth at the 2008 NCAA Championships while competing at 184 pounds. Now, in his senior season, the Tiger wrestler will move down one weight class to 174 pounds for the first time of his career. Jordan is one of three returning All-Americans and has the potential to become just the fourth Missouri wrestler to earn All-America accolades in more than one weight class. The last Tiger wrestler to earn multiple All-America honors in two weight classes was Matt Pell in 2006 and 2007. With 88 wins to his name, Jordan is a mere 12 wins away from becoming the 15th wrestler to enter Missouri's 100-win club. Jordan is ranked fourth in the nation in the annual preseason poll. In addition to his skills on the mat, Jordan is the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), the third Missouri wrestler in five years to hold the title of president.
"Raymond has accomplished a lot at Missouri, but he hasn't achieved his ultimate goal of winning a national title," Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith said. "He's a guy who does everything right, both on and off the mat. Our staff is confident that this is the year that he makes it to the final bout of the National Tournament and wins it all. Raymond is wrestling at 174 pounds this year, which is a more comfortable and natural weight for him. I expect him to excel in the lower weight class."
2007-08: Rebounding from an uncharacteristic fourth place finish at the March 8, Big 12 Championships, Jordan collected his first All-America honor in his third NCAA Tournament appearance March 22, when he took fifth at 184 pounds. Jordan finished the three-day tournament with a 4-2 record that included an opening-round win by technical fall in 5:30 over Matthew Gevelinger of Brown, 23-7. Managing three straight wins in the championship bracket, Jordan suffered a one-point loss in overtime to eventual National Champion Mike Puccilo of Ohio State, 2-1. Jordan's fifth-place victory came in overtime, 6-4, over Iowa's seventh-seeded Phillip Keddy. Jordan recorded a nine-match and 12-match win streak throughout the season and went 12-1 in dual competition and 4-0 against league grapplers. Ranked fourth in the nation, Jordan defeated three of the nation's top-five wrestlers, outscoring his three opponents, 29-7. Jordan claimed 12 of his 26 victories by major decision, technical fall, or fall and opened the season with a 22-7 win by technical fall over 12th-ranked Doug Umbehauer of Rider. Six of Jordan's first 10 wins on the season were bonus point victories. Wrestling at the Missouri Open, Jordan finished the day in fourth. Jordan competed at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and took third.
2006-07: Making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships, Jordan was 2-2 in the three-day tournament, winning his first two matches before dropping back-to-back losses. Jordan, seeded fifth, opened the first day of competition with a 4-2 decision over Trevor Brandvole of Wisconsin and followed with a 3-2 victory over Rocco Caponi of the University of Virginia. Jordan's first loss came to Tyrel Todd, Michigan's fourth-seeded grappler at 184 pounds, by a score of 8-3. In Jordan's final match of the tournament, he lost by a score of 6-3 to eventual All-American Louis Caputo of Harvard. Before traveling to Auburn Hills for the NCAA's, Jordan improved on his second place Big 12 finish from one year prior by earning his first Conference title, March 3 in Columbia, Mo. Jordan collected the 184-pound title after besting Jake Varner (Iowa State), 4-3. Earlier in the day, Jordan earned his second win of the season by technical fall, winning 19-4 in 6:12 over Josh Hinton of Oklahoma. Jordan was one of two Tiger starters to finish the campaign with a perfect dual record against league opponents. Jordan, 4-0, won two of his Big 12 bouts by major decision (Levi Wofford of Nebraska and Josh Hinton of Oklahoma) and two by two-point decisions. Jordan suffered only four losses on the season prior to the NCAA tournament, two coming to higher ranked opponents. Jordan carried a 21-match win streak throughout his sophomore campaign, with eight of his 21 wins decided by eight or more points and two ending early by way of fall. Jordan's streak began Dec. 9 with an 11-8 decision over Christian Sinnott of Central Michigan. Jordan finished as high as first in tournament competition (Missouri Open), also taking second at the Southern Scuffle and sixth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
2005-06: One of seven Tigers to qualify for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Jordan went 2-2 at the three-day tournament. In his first NCAA appearance, Jordan suffered a one-point loss to Paul Bradley of Iowa but rebounded with a 7-1 decision over Eastern Illinois' Greg Perz and 10-5 decision over Greg Gifford of Fresno State. In what became his final bout of the tournament, Jordan fell 7-2 to Alex Camargo of Kent State. Jordan earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships after finishing second at 184 pounds in the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa. Besting then No. 11 Vince Jones of Nebraska (11-10), Jordan advanced to the title bout where he fell 4-2 to then No. 6 Kurt Backes. Jordan finished his campaign with a 10-8 record against ranked opponents, upsetting No. 2 Paul Bradley (Iowa) and No. 8 C.B. Dalloway (Arizona State) in back-to-back wins at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jan. 14 and 15. Making his collegiate wrestling dual debut Nov. 11 against Larry Ozowara of Stanford, Jordan pinned the Cardinal in 3:59. Jordan held a six-match win streak between Nov. 13 and Dec. 2, in which he won three bouts over two nationally ranked opponents. During the course of the season, Jordan claimed the Missouri Open title, taking third at the Central Missouri State University (CMSU) Open, eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and fifth at the Southern Scuffle.
2004-05: Wrestling in open meets during his redshirt season, Jordan began his collegiate career in impressive fashion, winning his first eight matches. Jordan placed in the top six in each of the six tournaments he wrestled, winning the Lindenwood Open, Nov. 4. The 165-pound wrestler began the University of Northern Iowa Open, Dec. 5 by pinning his first three opponents before dropping his next two matches and finishing in fifth place. Jordan's second loss of the day was in an impressive one-point match against Nick Baima of Northern Iowa (No.12).
HIGH SCHOOL: A member of the New Bern High School wrestling team in New Bern, N.C., Jordan was coached by Tom Marsh and wrestled at 171 pounds. A three-time high school champion (2002-2003-2004), Jordan finished third as a freshman in 2001 and totaled 200 wins. Twice selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler for New Bern (2002 and 2003), Jordan defeated several of the nation's top-ranked wrestlers and claimed 4A state titles his sophomore (2002) junior (2003) and senior (2004) seasons. Jordan received Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the 4A state championships his junior (2003) and senior (2004) seasons. Additionally, Jordan was the only wrestler to win both the Roy Heverly and James Johnson Awards in eastern North Carolina. Jordan was a member of the Bear honor roll and earned four letters while competing in wrestling and track.
PERSONAL: Born May 24, 1986, in Newark, N.J., Jordan has one brother Earl (24) and one sister Jasmine (20). Jordan is a personal finance major with a minor in business.
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