Jaydin Eierman’s outstanding prep wrestling career at Father Tolton Catholic overlapped with three of Neosho’s Class 3 state titles during the early 2010s.

Jaydin Eierman’s outstanding prep wrestling career at Father Tolton Catholic overlapped with three of Neosho’s Class 3 state titles during the early 2010s.
Thus, Eierman — an incoming sophomore for the University of Missouri — knew firsthand of the Wildcats’ success before coming this week to Neosho for the 16th annual Coach Jeremy Phillips’ Technique and Drill Camp.
“They killed it in Class 3 when I was in high school,” Eierman — a first-time visitor to Neosho — said of the Wildcats. “I just saw them win over and over and over again, and I tried to get my team like that, you know, to where we could win. They did a tremendous job. Coach (Jeremy) Phillips does a great job with his kids getting them prepared for state. I’m glad I got to come here and have the opportunity to help them out and learn more. Hopefully, they can continue their streak.”
Neosho enters the upcoming season with five straight titles and seven in the last eight seasons. Defending individual state champion Adrian Hitchcock (285 pounds) and fellow incoming senior Trenton Young (126) were among the wrestlers present for the camp that started Monday and finished Thursday.
Eierman Elite and Westminster College head coach Michael Eierman helped out Coach Phillips and the Neosho coaching staff, plus there was the return presence of wrestlers and coaches from Jackson High.
Eierman continues a tradition of college wrestlers helping out younger wrestlers at camps and clinics.
“I enjoy coming to any camp because I love giving back to the kids,” Eierman said. “Wrestling really took a hit with not being in the Olympics in 2020, but we got it back. I’m just trying to give back (to the kids), because this is where everything starts with the youth and fundamentals. I’m trying to get them prepared for high school and college. It’s good to give back.
“I remember growing up that I had (former Mizzou wrestler and national championship winner at 174 pounds in 2006 and 2007) Ben Askren and my dad Mike (Eierman) always doing camps for us, so it’s good to get college guys to come back and give camps for them, because these kids really do look up to us. We’re their idols in wrestling, so it’s good to have a connection with them, make them laugh, be friends to them, and they’ll learn a lot.”
During Wednesday’s junior high and high school wrestling session, both Eiermans sat down for a lengthy informal Q & A session.
Near the entrance of the Neosho wrestling facility, there’s a letter from former Mizzou standout wrestler J’den Cox. He addressed it to Coach Phillips.
“I wanted to send this short letter to say I truly enjoyed coaching + spending time with your team,” Cox wrote. “I think the best thing about your team is they are coachable and that’s why they will continue to be a great team.”
Cox recently wrapped up an outstanding collegiate wrestling career with his third national title — he became the first Mizzou wrestler to achieve that feat — and he also made the decision to be a volunteer wrestling assistant for the Tigers and continue participating in international wrestling competitions rather than play football for the Tigers next season. Cox earned a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics.

The Olympic Dream
Eierman said that his ultimate goal wrestling involves being an Olympian and he took a first step in that direction by competing recently in the World Team Trials in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“I wrestled in the World Team Trials and I didn’t reach my ultimate goal,” he said. “I lost first round to Zane Rutherford, who is on the world team now, but it’s driving me every day because I was the youngest guy there, you know, 21 going into the World Team Trials. Going forward, it’s a good learning experience for me, because I know what to expect next year and in the years to come.”
These wrestlers were vying for spots on the national team for the World Championships that will be held August 21-26 in Paris.

High school, college success
In his first official season wrestling for the Tigers, Eierman capped off his redshirt freshman season with a fifth place at the NCAA Championships that earned him All-American, one of five Mizzou All-Americans. Two weeks before that, Eierman won a Mid-American Conference title, his fifth place nationally and his MAC title both coming at 141 pounds.
“It was a great season for me,” he said. “I started off at 133 and it was really hard for me to make weight. That was such a big cut for me. I’m not a small kid. Once we made the plan to go up to 141 for the Scuffle (Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga) and I got the starting job there. After then, I just kept making jumps every day in practice because I wasn’t focused on my weight.
“That’s why I did so well in high school, because I didn’t weight cut. I just focused every day on getting better. To do that in college, it shows how much I got better from the beginning of the season to the end of the season.
Eierman joined elite company, becoming the fourth consecutive Mizzou freshman to earn All-American status — following Cox (2014), Willie Miklus (2015) and Daniel Lewis (2016).
At nationals, Eierman finished 5-2 with wins over the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in the draw, culminated with a 4-2 decision against No. 5 Anthony Ashnault from Rutgers for fifth.
Eierman put together a record of 29-7 with seven major decisions, five wins by pin, and four technical falls.
Overall, in the team sweepstakes, Mizzou placed fifth with 86.4 points, following national champion Penn State (146.5), Ohio State (110), Oklahoma State (110) and Iowa (87).
“It pushes us all to go harder each and every day,” Eierman said, “because we all want to be the best every day. To push ourselves to the breaking point, because we know we’re going to be in matches like that, our room is deep and it makes us all better, and I like that. We always battle with each other.
“We were a little bummed out that we didn’t finish in the top four to get a trophy. I’m very confident in our team coming up next year. We’re returning Willie Miklus. He had an injury at the beginning of the season and if we had him at nationals, I think we would have taken top four because he would have finished All-American for us again. Next year, he’s moving up to 197 and he’s a real title contender for us, which is good.”
By the way, Cox wrestled at 197 for his three national titles.
During his redshirt season, Eierman wrestled to a 22-2 record — although none of these stats count toward career totals — with three first place and two third place finishes, as well as six major decisions, eight wins by pin, and six tech falls.
Eierman’s outstanding career at Father Tolton included a 158-0 record and four Missouri state titles. He went 53-0 during his senior season and became the 25th four-time state champion in Missouri history. Even better, Eierman was only the second unbeaten four-time state champion.
“I didn’t really focus on the streak,” Eierman said. “I didn’t focus on it, because you lose track of what’s important. I actually just went out there every match just trying to get better. I knew college was coming up and my ultimate goal is to be a national champion in college and be in the Olympics one day. I just used each match in high school to get better every day.”
As a 113-pound freshman, Eierman completed a 33-0 season and won his first state title with a 21-6 tech fall against Butler’s Trey Heckadon.
As a 132-pound sophomore, Eierman wrapped up a 34-0 season and second state title by pinning Mid-Buchanan’s John Anderson in 2:17.
Moving up to 138 as a junior, Eierman went 38-0 and won his third state title with a pin of Albany’s Logan Coleman in 1:15.
At 145 his senior year, Eierman pinned Lawson’s Corbin Menke in 2:56 for his fourth state title.
FloWrestling ranked Eierman the 39th overall recruit in the nation and he earned Fargo All-American honors twice.