The seventh-ranked Missouri Wrestling program will face off in two dual meets against Stanford and South Dakota State on Saturday at the Hearnes Center.
2012-13: Ty Prazma wrestled at 165 pounds for the Tigers as a sophomore, compiling a 21-10 record in two dual meets and five tournaments. Prazma opened up the year with his only two dual meet appearances, dropping the second to Pat Robinson of Purdue, 7-3, after a win-by-forfeit against Old Dominion. In the Kaufman-Brand Open, Prazma came out strong in his first bout defeating McKendree's Aaron Batchelder on a technical fall. After dropping his next match to Nathan Sommer of Baker, Prazma won his next five matches before falling to Walt Gilmor of Iowa in the third place match. Prazma would again face off with Gilmor at the Roger Denker Open, again losing by decision, 2-0, en route to a third place trophy. To close out 2013, Prazma went 4-2 at the Grand View Open, including one win via the fall.
2011-12: Prazma, competing as a redshirt freshman at 165 pounds, placed in all five tournaments he competed in, which featured a trio of third place finishes. His first of those top-three finishes came at the season opening UCM Open, where he wrestled eight times and compiled a 7-1 record on the day. After winning his first match by technical fall, Prazma was bumped to the consolation bracket, where he would proceed to win the next six contests, including two by fall. He placed fourth at the Lindenwood Open six days later, posting a 4-2 record with a fall and three decisions. He opened December at the Kaufman-Brand Open, securing third place again with four wins on the day. His lone loss came to teammate Zach Toal, but Prazma bounced back with two wins, including a 7-2 decision over Purdue's Chad Welch. His fifth place finish at the Roger Denker Open was highlighted by a pair of falls, as he pinned Moroni Deanda (Wentworth) in just 0:36, and Illinois' Adam Acheson in the first period of the fifth/sixth place bout. Prazma concluded his season by taking third at the MVC Open, earning wins via fall in his first three victories while scoring a major decision over teammate Joshua Cyr in the third place match. On the year, Prazma finished with 25 wins, tied for third-most on the entire squad. He won nine times by fall and also registered a major decision and technical fall.
2010-11: In his first collegiate season, wrestling at 165 pounds, Prazma posted an 11-7 record and won three of his matches by fall. In his first career tournament, Prazma pinned Gian Traverso of Missouri Valley in 4:52 for his second victory of the weekend. He went 3-2 a few weeks later at the UCM Open, rallying off three straight decisions after dropping his opening contest to teammate Jacob Guerrant. The next weekend at the Kaufman/Brand Open, Prazma went 3-2 again. He opened with a 15-0 technical fall win, and then scored a 12-6 decision. Later in the tournament he picked up a 4-2 win over Ben Cox of Wisconsin. In his last tournament of the year, Prazma recorded a second place finish after going 3-1. He pinned his first two opponents, one in 3:58 and the other in 2:27, and then defeated Clayton MacFarlane of Lindenwood by a 5-2 decision. He fell in the finals to fellow Tiger Jordan Gagliano.
High School: Prazma wrestled for Granite City High School, helping the Warriors to an eighth place finish at state in 2008 during his sophomore season. During his four year career, Prazma recorded 78 wins by fall, with 54 of those coming in his last two seasons. He capped off his high school career with an impressive 50-win season in 2010, giving him 140 for his career. Competing in the 2009 Southeastern Regional, Prazma earned a runner-up finish in the freestyle event. He also lettered three times in soccer and was named Academic All-State.
Personal: Tyler Prazma was born to Kenneth and Jill Prazma in Granite City, Ill., on Jan. 22, 1992. His father is a paramedic and a firefighter, while his mother, who attended SIU-Edwardsville, is a credit analyst. Has an older sister, Erika (20), who plays soccer at Eastern Illinois University. Prazma is majoring in health professions and hopes to find a job in sports medicine after college.