No. 2 Ranked Mizzou Wrestling Team to Grapple No. 14 Illinois December 21 at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – October 24, 2023 – A highly-anticipated wrestling season for the preseason No. 2 ranked Missouri Tigers will include a showdown with border rival and No. 14 ranked Illinois in a unique setting – on the stage at Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis on December 21 at 7 p.m.  The Mizzou to the Lou Dual will take place the night before the Mizzou and Illinois men’s basketball teams rekindle their Braggin’ Rights series, adding to the festive rivalry atmosphere.  Tickets for the wrestling match go on sale Thursday, October 26 at 10 a.m. at

Having the opportunity to bring Tiger Style to St. Louis for all our alumni and fans in the St. Louis area is really special,” said Mizzou wrestling coach Brian Smith.  “We’ve worked with the St. Louis Sports Commission to host nine NCAA Championships which has allowed our fan base and our sport to grow.  It’s exciting to work with the Sports Commission again on the Mizzou to the Lou Dual at Stifel Theatre.  The phenomenal atmosphere will create a memorable experience for both teams and fans.”

Stifel Theatre will have a capacity of 3,000 for the Mizzou to the Lou Dual, providing an intimate setting for the match.  Fans will have an opportunity to purchase the ultimate VIP spectator experience with all-inclusive tickets which include great seats, pre-event hospitality, and a private match preview from Coach Smith.  VIP tickets range from $100 or $125 for seating within the first nine rows of the orchestra level to $200 for matside seats located on the stage.  For additional details on all-inclusive ticket options, visit

Other tickets are available for $25-$35 in the orchestra level, and $10-$15 in the mezzanine level, with the first row of mezzanine sold at $25 per seat.  All tickets will be available for purchase starting Thursday at

“It’s going to be a can’t-miss event, with two fantastic programs and an incredible atmosphere at Stifel Theatre,” said Sports Commission Senior Vice President Chris Roseman.  “Coach Smith is always dreaming big and the Mizzou to the Lou Dual enhances Mizzou Wrestling’s brand and adds another chapter to the rich history of major college wrestling events we’ve hosted in St. Louis.”

A combined ten wrestlers from both teams are from the St. Louis area (six from Mizzou, four from Illinois).  Both squads have lofty expectations for the 2023-24 season.

Mizzou is coming off back-to-back Big 12 Tournament titles and finished 5th in the nation last season.   The Tigers boast five wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their weight classes including two-time NCAA national champion and current U23 World Champion Keegan O’Toole.  Mizzou opens its regular season November 11 hosting the Tiger Style Tournament.

Illinois has four of its wrestlers ranked in the top 10 entering the season and begins its season with a dual against SIU-Edwardsville on November 2.

The Mizzou to the Lou Dual is part of the Mizzou to the Lou series, a partnership between Mizzou Athletics and the St. Louis Sports Commission which brings multiple Mizzou athletic events to the St. Louis region during the 2023-24 academic year.

Additional details on the Mizzou To The Lou series, hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission, are available by visiting