One out of three ain't bad.
Mizzou had a chance for three wrestlers to compete for a national championship Saturday at the Scottrade Center. Instead heavyweight Mark Ellis will be the lone cat aiming for #1. Ellis becomes the first heavyweight to gain All-American honors in the program's history. He is one of five Tigers to earn those honors in this weekend; a high mark for the Mizzou program.
174-pounder Raymond Jordan lost a tough semi-final match to top-seeded Steve Luke of Michigan 4-2 in overtime. Jordan now faces Quentin Wright of Penn State in the consolation bracket.
197-pound Max Askren, with his big brother (and 2-time national champ) Ben coaching, fell to Jake Varner of Iowa State 8-3. Varner dominated the match wire to wire. Askren will drop down in the wrestlebacks and face Maryland's Hudson Taylor.
Illinois' shining star continues to be Mike Poeta at 157. Poeta avenged last year's loss to Jordan Leen in the championship match, by topping Leen Friday night 6-4. Poeta missed half the season with a knee injury, and now faces another Jordan; top-seeded Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska in a 1 vs. 2 match.
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