Oct. 8, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As a part of the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the land, freshmen Joey Lavallee and James Krischke hope to supplement the Tigers' middleweights in the coming years.
Lavallee, a Nevada-native, had a very impressive high school career, where he went 206-12 during his four years at Reno High School. A four-time Nevada state champion, Lavallee also made noise nationally during his high school career. In 2011, he won the Fila Cadet National Freestyle title at 63 kilos, and would then compete for team USA for the Cadet World title, where he took 5th. Lavallee finished third in 2010 at Fargo.
Tabbed at No. 57 among incoming recruits, Lavallee hopes to continue his high school success as a member of the Tigers. He is expected to redshirt at 149 pounds as a true freshman.
Krischke comes to Mizzou from Fort Zumwalt West High School in O'Fallon, Mo., a school that Mizzou has already plucked a few grapplers from in juniors Trevor Wiest and All-American Drake Houdashelt.
Krischke wrapped up his high school career just short of winning his first state title, falling to Seckman's Brock Wingbermuehle in a 7-3 decision in the 132-pound final. He reached the Class 4 semifinals in each of his four high school seasons, finishing fourth at 103 in 2010, fourth at 112 in 2011 and sixth at 126 as a junior before being runner-up in 2013.
In 2013, Krischke joined an elite list, becoming one of 13 grapplers who have wrestled in the Gateway Athletic Conference in St. Louis, Mo., to be a four-time conference champion. Mizzou senior-captain Kyle Bradley accomplished the feat from 2006-2009 while wrestling for Francis Howell Central.
Krischke continues to move up in weight classes and will redshirt at 141 pounds this season.
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