March 20, 2009
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri wrestling team wrapped up the second night of NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in historic fashion, crowning a program-high five All-Americans and sending junior Mark Ellis (Peculiar, Mo.) to the Championship finals of the heavyweight bout. Ellis becomes the first Missouri wrestler since two-time National Champion Ben Askren to advance to the finals of the National Tournament. Askren accomplished the task between 2004 and 2007, earning the 174-pound title in 2006 and 2007.
As a team, the Tigers finished the day in seventh place with 57.5 points. No school has more wrestlers remaining in the brackets than Missouri. Ohio State continues to extend its lead and sits at No. 1 with 84.5 points, while Iowa, the 2008 National Champion, stands at second with 81 points.IowaState rounds out the top three with 71.5 points.
“This is a big step for our program,” Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith said. “So many of our guys have come back and competed hard in the wrestle backs. I told the team we had to break past the three All-Americans that we’ve had before. We needed to get more. This year we have five. I’m very pleased.”
Ellis, Missouri’s first heavyweight All-American, scored a 5-3 win by decision over third seeded Jermail Portis of Kent State to advance to the Championship finals. Portis scored the first takedown, but Ellis was quick to escape in the first period, taking Portis to the mat with 27 seconds remaining in the period. Ellis chose down to start the second, while Porter started down in the third. Both grapplers earned a one point escape in their respective periods. With1:52 of riding time, an area of wrestling in which Ellis is quick to credit Head Coach Brian Smith for his guidance, the Tiger grappler had his arm raised in victory.
“I’m just so grateful that my parents and my cousins are great supporters. One of the biggest things is that my sister and her husband were able to come up from Arkansas and I’m so excited that they’re here. It’s close, so two of my best friends got to come down, Carson and Chase Coffman. They support me in wrestling. I’m excited that they’re down here.”
“I expected Mark to be in the finals,” Smith said. “He’s a heavyweight who wrestles like a little guy. He wears out his opponents and then finishes them off. He’s exciting to watch, and I’m happy for him.”
In addition to Ellis’ All-America accolade, senior Michael Chandler (High Ridge,Mo.) advanced through the consolation bracket and will finish no lower than sixth place at 157 pounds. The same can be said for senior Raymond Jordan (New Bern,N.C.) who will compete against 11th-seeded Quentin Wright ofPennState at 174 pounds and junior Maxwell Askren (Hartland,Wis.) who will challenge Hudson Taylor of Maryland in the 197 pound bracket. The top-eight finish is a first for Chandler, who is competing in his fourth NCAA Championships and second for Jordan who took fifth at 184 pounds last season. The All-America honor is also Askren’s second. The Tiger grappler finished his sophomore season in seventh at 197 pounds.
After dropping his opening round match, junior Nicholas Marable (Collierville, Tenn.) battled his way back through the consolation bracket to become one of 12 Missouri wrestlers to earn two or more All-America honors in their career. Marable will open Saturday’s morning session in a fight for seventh place honors. The bout will pit the Tiger against Tyler Sherfey of Boise State.
The fifth session of NCAA wrestling will begin at9:30 a.m. (CT) with the Championship finals set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and televised live in HD on ESPN.
133 Pounds: Todd Schavrien (NCAA Record: 1-2)
No. 1 Franklin Gomez (Michigan State) major decision Todd Schavrien (MU): 13-2
Todd Schavrien (MU) decision Michael Rappo (UNC) : 9-3
No. 12 Mike Grey (Cornell) decision Todd Schavrien (MU): 19-7
141 Pounds: Marcus Hoehn (NCAA Record 1-2)
No. 8 Marcus Hoehn (MU) decision Richard Rappo (Penn): 3-2 (TB)
No. 11 Drew Lashaway (Kent State) decision No. 8 Marcus Hoehn (MU): 7-5 (TB)
No. 18 Christopher Diaz (Virginia Tech) major decision No. 8 Marcus Hoehn (MU): 16-5
157 Pounds: Michael Chandler
No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) decision No. 15 Kurt Kinsey (Indiana): 4-3
No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) decision No. 11 Chase Pami (Cal Poly): 6-0
No. 4 Jordan Leen (Cornell) decision No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU): 4-2
No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) decision No. 14 Johnny Bonilla-Bowman (Hofstra): 6-5
No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) major decision No. 16 Tyler Safratowich (Minnesota): 13-5
165: Pounds: Nicholas Marable
Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) decision No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU): 5-2
No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU) decision Rex Kendle (Michigan State): 6-1
No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU) decision Rick Schmelyun (Bloomsburg): 4-1
No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU) decision No. 7 Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska): 7-5
No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU) decision No. 20 Ryan Patrovich (Hofstra): 3-2
No. 5 Moza Fay (UNI) decision No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU): 4-2
174 Pounds: Raymond Jordan
No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU) major decision No. 18 Shane Riccio (Bucknell): 11-2
No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU) major decision vs. Ryan Burk (Iowa State): 12-4
No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU) decision No. 4 Jay Borschel (Iowa): 3-1
No. 1 Steve Luke (Michigan) decision No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU): 4-2 (TB)
197 Pounds: Maxwell Askren
No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) decision Raymond Bennet (Millersville): 7-2
No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) decision Cam Simaz (Cornell): 5-1
No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) decision No. 6 Brent Chriswell (Boise State): 4-1
No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) vs. No. 2 Jake Varner (Iowa State)
HWT: Mark Ellis
No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) decision No. 15 Zach Sheaffer (Pitt): 2-1
No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) vs. No. 17 Richard Goff (Cleveland State): 3-2
No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) decision No. 7 Daniel Erekson (Iowa): 6-5
No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) vs. No. 4 Jermail Porter (Kent State)
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