The Big 12 men’s basketball championship tips off this week in Kansas City, but that’s just one of four sports that are contested in the conference over the winter months.â†µ
Championships in indoor track and field and swimming a diving were held last weekend, and this weekend wrestling took the center ring. In a bit of a surprise, Missouri walked off with its first Big 12 title in wrestling, edging favorite Oklahoma State by just four points.â†µ
Only four conference teams compete in wrestling – Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Missouri – and Missouri has the least national recognition and tradition of the four in the sport.â†µ
The Tigers sent eight of their weight-class entries to the championship round and four won individual titles. Missouri qualified nine of its grapplers for the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 15-17 in St. Louis.