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Tiger Style Returns to the Big XII: Reactions

Mizzou News for Friday, April 23

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Reactions to the Big XII Wrestling News

I’m assuming you’ve all heard the news by now. We covered it here at Rock M and I got the pleasure of attending my very first press conference to capture the announcement. Mizzou Wrestling has found a new, but familiar, home. After nine years in the MAC, kicking ass and taking names, they’ve been invited to return to the Big XII as an affiliate school.

As expected, the reaction among current and former Mizzou wrestlers was positive. Here’s how the team reacted upon learning the news. A cool moment, for sure.

Andrew Kauffman of ABC17 talked with current wrestler Brock Mauller about the move after Thursday’s press conference. Here’s his thoughts.

Mizzou Wrestling twitter went retro with this post. Love the Missouri in block letters.

Mizzou greats Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley showed their appreciation.

On to the Links!

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  • Sam and I covered the breaking news and subsequent press conference that Mizzou Wrestling is headed back to the Big XII.

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  • A new episode of the wildly entertaining Tiger Wings was released, and this time, LDW in on the hot seat with Jethro Franklin. These are fun!


  • In terrible SEC news, this is so very sad. Our hearts go out to the family of Kentucky’s Terrence Clarke.


“Mizzou’s wrestling program has always strived for excellence in everything they do, both on and off the mat,” said Darryl Chatman, chair of the UM Board of Curators, in a statement. “This return to the Big 12 Conference continues that tradition of seeking excellence in competition. MU and the state of Missouri can be proud of the team that will represent us in a conference with some of the best wrestling programs in the country.

To join the Big 12 as an affiliate member, the process begins with a recommendation from the league coaches, both the full-term members and the affiliate schools, a Big 12 spokesman confirmed Thursday. From there, the vote goes to campus leaders of all 10 institutions, including schools that don’t sponsor wrestling teams, like Kansas and Texas.


  • Need a preview for baseball’s upcoming series before Kortay’s preview comes out later today? Check out the preview. Georgia has swept each of the past two series meetings (2018 & 2019), and Mizzou’s last win came in Athens in 2017.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Track and Field is currently competing at the 111th annual Drake Relays, and one day of competition is complete. According to, RS-junior Karina Liz was the big winner of Day One, capturing the Tigers’ first win of the weekend, winning the unseeded women’s 800m race in a time of 2:08.50.

Mizzou in the Pros

  • Michael Porter, Jr. was active on Wednesday night in the Nuggets’ 106-105 win over the Blazers, scoring 17 points in his 31 minutes of action, shooting 8-12 (1-4 from three) with five rebounds and two assists. Not a double-double like Mike has been accustomed to, but he contributed positively nonetheless.
  • Jontay Porter hit his first threeeeeee of the season in his two minutes of play on Wednesday night in the Grizzlies’ loss to the Clippers. You love to see it, and hopefully we will see more of the younger Porter sibling going forward.
  • Jordan Clarkson was very good in his 28 minutes of play in Wednesday’s win over the Rockets. He scored a team-high 22 points on 7-18 shooting (4-9 from three) with five rebounds and one assist. Way to go, JC!

Love this video from Slam Magazine via JC’s instagram.

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