For the first time since the 2011-2012 season, Mizzou will return not to the MAC but to the Big 12 Conference as an affiliate member. With the recent and unexpected news, many questions already began flooding the internet. Can they compete against OKST? Will they be able to win another conference title? Keep reading to get answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Missouri’s transition to the Big 12.
Why is Mizzou switching conferences?
After winning ten straight MAC Championships, you may be wondering why the team would even switch conferences. The simple answer: better competition.
In the initial press release, Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk said, “Year in and year out, the Big 12 is one of the nation’s premier wrestling conferences, and we believe it is the natural home for Mizzou Wrestling from both a competitive excellence and geographic standpoint. This move also strengthens our program and will better prepare it for achieving its goal of winning an NCAA team championship.”
Take note: while Mizzou has consistently finished top 10 at the NCAA Championships since 2015, their highest finish in program history was actually back in 2007 when they were a part of the Big 12. Perhaps next season they can grow from their 7th place finish in 2021.
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