Oct. 3, 2007
Columbia, Mo. - Coming off of a third place showing at the 2007 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the Missouri wrestling team received a sixth place ranking in the annual preseason W.I.N. Magazine poll released today. Defending National Champion Minnesota holds the No. 1 ranking in the nation, followed by Big 12 opponent Iowa State and Big Ten powerhouse, Iowa. Seven members of Missouri's 10-man lineup are ranked among the top 15 in the nation at their respective weight class.
Senior captain and two-time All-American Tyler McCormick (Leawood, Kan.) earned the highest Tiger individual ranking to start the season. Ranked second in the nation at 133 pounds, McCormick stands behind No. 1 Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State. Scott and McCormick finished the 2006-07 campaign 1-1 with McCormick taking a win in their first meeting, 3-2, Jan. 14 at the National Duals and Scott besting McCormick, 6-5, at the Big 12 Championships, March 3, in Columbia, Mo. Scott went on to finish second at the 2007 NCAA Championships, while McCormick finished the tournament in sixth.
Four Tigers, including McCormick, are ranked among the top-10 in the nation at their respective weight class with 197 pounder sophomore Maxwell Askren (Hartland, Wis.) standing at sixth and junior 184 pound grappler Raymond Jordan (New Bern, N.C.) at eighth. Both Askren and Jordan earned Big 12 titles last season but are ranked behind fellow Big 12 opponents.
Junior captain Michael Chandler (High Ridge, Mo.), Missouri's 157 pound starter, is ranked ninth in the nation. The highest ranked Big 12 wrestler in his weight class, Chandler has taken on all five of the top 157 pounders in the nation, and defeated fifth-ranked Josh Zupancic of Stanford, 6-1, Dec. 29 at the Southern Scuffle.
Missouri senior captain Josh Wagner (Milton, Wis.) received a 13th place ranking at 149 pounds, with sophomore Mark Ellis (Peculiar, Mo.) rounding out Missouri's rankings with a 14th place standing at heavyweight.
All five Big 12 wrestling programs are ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Oklahoma State, who finished its season with a fifth place showing at the NCAA Championships, opens its season at fifth in the preseason poll, while Nebraska stands at No. 7 and Oklahoma at No. 17.
Eight of Missouri's opponents throughout the course of the 2007-08 campaign are currently ranked among the top-25 in the nation including all four Big 12 schools, Cornell (No. 4), Hofstra (No. 18), Chattanooga (No. 19) and Oregon State (No. 25). Missouri will open its season Friday, Nov. 9, in a dual with Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J.
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