COLUMBIA — Three-time All-American wrestler Jaydin Eierman is transferring from Missouri.
The Father Tolton graduate is taking a special redshirt year allowed by the NCAA wrestling rules to train for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and was not going to wrestle collegiately for the Tigers this year.
Eierman has steadily improved in the NCAA Tournament, finishing fifth in 2017, fourth in 2018 and third last year, all at 141 pounds. His 17 pins led the team in 2018-19, the sixth-most in a single season in program history, but Eierman will finish seventh in career falls for Missouri, with 38, as he finishes his collegiate career elsewhere in 2020-21.
Initially reported by FloWrestling, Eierman's intentions were confirmed by the program.
Outside of the NCAA events, Eierman's career highlight was his pin of two-time national champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State in 2017-18. Eierman recorded the fall in 4:49, which helped then-No. 3 Missouri defeat the No. 5 Cowboys 21-19 in Stillwater and preserved a perfect regular season record.
The Tigers, ranked No. 9 in preseason, started 0-1 with a 29-10 loss Saturay at then-No. 18 Virginia Tech. Missouri wrestlers won three individual titles at the Southeast Open the following day in Roanoke, Va., but dropped to No. 13 in this week's rankings.
Missouri will wrestle Illinois at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at Francis Howell High School in St. Charles.