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Wrestling Recaps The 2024 Signing Class

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri wrestling head coach Brian Smith announced the signing of six wrestlers to the 2024 class on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Tiger Style 2024 class is ranked No. 3 in the nation by FloWrestling with five top-100 recruits and in the top 25.  

Logan Cole | Laurel, Montana | Billings Senior | Darkhorse Wrestling Club

Logan Cole placed three times in the Montana State Tournament: third place in his freshman year, fourth place in his sophomore year, and second this past season as a junior. Cole earned academic all-state honors on three occasions and was a three-year high school wrestling team captain. Additionally, Cole placed seventh at the 2023 NHSCA Virginia Beach High School Nationals, third at the 2022 Preseason Nationals, and placed or won at 20-plus RMN Events. 

Cole is a 2023 Eastern Division Champion and received the “Man in the Glass Award,” which recognizes the person who always does the right thing, inspires teammates, is a leader and pushes themselves.

Cole on Choosing Tiger Style

“I knew Mizzou was the perfect place for me as soon as I arrived for a visit. All the coaches, teammates, facilities and campus are amazing. I love the Tiger Style mindset.”

Coach Smith on Cole

“Logan has a great work ethic and fits in with our culture. He comes from Montana and got to know our team while working at a camp in Bozeman. He is an exceptional student who chose Tiger Style over Cornell.”

Mack Mauger | Blackfoot, Idaho | Blackfoot 

Mack Mauger is the first-ever five-time Fargo Champion from Idaho, a three-time Idaho State Champion, and a three-time district champion. Furthermore, in 2021, he was a Triple Crown Winner, earning wins in USA Wrestling’s Freestyle, Folkstyle, and Greco championships. 

Mauger wrestled for National Team Idaho for three years and in the All-Star Dual against Utah. He is ranked No. 39 on the FloWrestling Big Board and No. 3 at 125. 

Mack on Choosing Tiger Style

“I think the coaches can help me be the best. I love the culture of the wrestling team and will have great partners.”

Coach Smith on Mauger 

“Mack is a true student of the sport and has succeeded in every style, from Folk, Freestyle and Greco. He has won National titles in all three multiple times. He is a one-of-a-kind talent from the state of Idaho who will wrestle 125 pounds.”

Jace Roller | Bixby, Oklahoma | Bixby 

Jace Roller is a two-time Oklahoma State Champion and achieved academic all-conference four times. The Sooner State native registered 29 pins in his career, breaking the previous record at Bixby. The two-time champion is also a former Wrestler of the Year finalist and is ranked No. 25 on the FloWrestling Big Board. 

Jace on Choosing Tiger Style

“Mizzou is the best place to help me reach my goal of becoming a national champion and is the best choice for my wrestling style. The team culture was another one of the main reasons that Mizzou is the best fit for me.” 

Coach Smith on Roller 

“When our fans get to watch Jace, he will immediately be one of the crowd favorites. He is not afraid on the mat and will hit some big moves. Jace’s Dad was multiple time All-American for Oklahoma State and getting another top talent away from the state of Oklahoma is growing the pipeline from that state.”   

Aeoden Sinclair | Edgerton, Wisconsin | Milton | Askren Wrestling Academy

Aeoden Sinclair joins Mizzou with a collection of titles, including Super 32 Champion, Fargo Champion, and WNO Champion. The Askren Wrestling Academy product has also enjoyed success at Milton High School, winning four conference titles and a pair of state championships. 

Sinclair Won the 2023 U17 World Team Trials and was a 2022 16U Nationals champion in freestyle. Additionally, he is ranked eighth nationally by FloWrestling in the 2024 class and the highest ranked signee for the Tigers since Keegan O’Toole, who was ranked No. 6 when he signed in 2019. 

Sinclair on Choosing Tiger Style

“My power is not my influence; my power is the ability to not be influenced. I didn’t want to follow the crowd or go where people thought I should. I chose the program that I felt gave me the best opportunity to beat the other guys.” 

Coach Smith on Sinclair 

“Excited about how Aeoden approaches the sport. He is a very intelligent young man who wants to learn and get better in everything he does. When he is on the mat practicing, he’s always asking questions and I like that. He is another outstanding talent produced by the Askren Academy and has worked a lot with Ben Askren.”

Jake Stoffel | Appleton, Wisconsin | Appleton North | Askren Wrestling Academy

Jake Stoffel joins the Tigers with a 2023 state title in Wisconsin after a third-place finish in 2022. He was a three-time conference and regional champion and a two-time sectional champion. Stoffel also set multiple records in high school, including the best record in a season, best career record, most wins in a season and most team points. Additionally, the Wisconsin native is a WIAA Academic First-Team honoree. 

Stoffel, another Askren Wrestling Academy product, was a U17 US Open All-American, a Fargo Cadet All-American, a U16 National Dual All-American and a Preseason National All-American. 

Jake on Choosing Tiger Style

“I chose Mizzou because as soon as I got there, it felt like home. The coaching staff, team and university have an inclusive environment that already made me feel like part of a family after just my first visit. It was easy to tell that the University of Missouri will put me in a position to succeed as a wrestler and as a student. I’m incredibly grateful and excited to be a Tiger.”

 Coach Smith on Stoffel

“Jake will wrestle 165-74 and has made some big jumps in his wrestling, winning the state title this past year and placing in some national tournaments. He is another product from the Askren Academy and worked with former Tiger Josh Wagner.”

Gage Walker | Jay, Oklahoma | Bixby

Gage Walker comes to Columbia from Bixby High School with teammate Jace Roller. Walker was a three-time state champion in Oklahoma (2021, 2022 and 2023) and a 2023 Fargo Freestyle All-American. The Oklahoma native competed twice on the Junior Dual Team and once as a Cadet Dual Team Member. He is ranked No. 76 amongst the 2024 class by FloWrestling. 

Walker on Choosing Tiger Style

“Mizzou creates winners on and off the mat, and they will help me succeed in wrestling and academics.”

Coach Smith on Walker 

Gage has performed at every level he competes at. He continues to grow and get better. He is teammates with Jace Roller and brings a wrestling background that will help him succeed at a high level in our Tiger Style culture.”

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics