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A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Elam amassed a career high school record of 156-17 and was a two time Missouri State champion and four time qualifier. Elam won the cadet folkstyle nationals in 2017 and won the cadet freestyle nationals in 2018. In 2019, Elam won the USA wrestling preseason nationals, and junior freestyle nationals. Elam finished third at the Super 32 championships in 2018 and was third at the cadet UWW world team trials in 2019. Rated as the 11th ranked recruit in the nation, Elam committed to the Missouri Tigers in 2019.

  1. Early Line-up Look: Missouri Tigers

    Early Line-up Look: Missouri Tigers

    May 10, 2023

    Head coach: Brian SmithAssistants: Tyrel Todd, Kendric Maple, Dom Bradley2023 NCAA tournament finish: 5th2023 NCAA tournament points: 64.52023 NCAA tournament record: 28-182023 Big 12 tournament finish: 1st2023 dual record: 8-3 (7-1)Returning national qualifiers: 8 (Noah Surtin, Josh Edmond, Brock Mauller, Keegan O’Toole, Peyton Mocco, Colton Hawks, Rocky Elam, Zach Elam)Returning All-Americans: 5 (Brock Mauller, Keegan O’Toole, Peyton Mocco, Rocky Elam, Zach Elam)Returning NCAA champion: Keegan O’Toole (2022, 2023)Last NCAA champion: Keegan O’Toole (2023)Highest NCAA team finish: 3rd (2007)Highest NCAA team finish under Smith: 3rd (2007)Most place winners under Smith: 5 (2009, 2013, 2015, 2023)
  2. NCAA Champions & All-Americans At The 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships

    NCAA Champions & All-Americans At The 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships

    Mar 14, 2023

    The 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championships will feature an insanely deep field with the best wrestlers in the country at every weight! Just how deep is this tournament? Of the 330 wrestlers in the field, there are 70 wrestlers competing who have earned All-American honors, 10 runner-ups, and 11 NCAA Champions. Check out a complete breakdown of all the accolades, by weight, in the below article.
  3. 2023 NCAA Wrestling Championship Preview & Predictions - 197 Pounds

    2023 NCAA Wrestling Championship Preview & Predictions - 197 Pounds

    Mar 12, 2023

    Similar to last year, the 197-pound bracket has no clear favorite and no wrestler’s seed will likely mean much. Returning champion Gabe Dean enters as the nine-seed following a 20-3 season where he lost, 6-3, in the Big Ten finals to Nebraska’s Silas Allred. This weight is a tangled plate of spaghetti that should be the most chaotic bracket of the tournament.
  4. Big 12 Wrestling Championships Preview, Team Race, & Qualifying Projections

    Big 12 Wrestling Championships Preview, Team Race, & Qualifying Projections

    Feb 27, 2023

    The Big 12 Wrestling Championships take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma March 4-5. Not only will team and individual conference champions be crowned, but 64 wrestlers will also automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships which will be held in Tulsa two weeks later.
  5. Yonger Bastida vs Rocky Elam Could Decide Iowa State-Missouri Dual

    Yonger Bastida vs Rocky Elam Could Decide Iowa State-Missouri Dual

    Feb 14, 2023

    The match between Iowa State’s Yonger Bastida and Missouri’s Rocky Elam could be another memorable moment in the wild and wacky 197-pound class. No wrestler appears to be safe from a weird twist or a surprising turn.
  6. Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 16 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 16 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Feb 14, 2023

    It's the last big week of the NCAA season, and it should be a great one! We'll start off with the most anticipated match of the year between NCAA champions David Carr and Keegan O'Toole during an incredible Iowa State vs Missouri dual, we'll see Cornell vs Ohio State on Saturday, and we'll wrap up with a legacy dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa on Sunday.
  7. Nearly 50 Upsets In A Scintillating Week 14 Of NCAA D1 Wrestling Duals

    Nearly 50 Upsets In A Scintillating Week 14 Of NCAA D1 Wrestling Duals

    Feb 6, 2023

    We've completed the antepenultimate week of duals (just two left!) and the upsets haven't slowed down.
  8. Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 14 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 14 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Jan 31, 2023

    The action doesn't slow down on week 14 of the NCAA wrestling season. Get ready for Ohio State vs Penn State, Iowa vs Minnesota, and a whole lot more. Below is a list of all the division 1 wrestling events on this week's calendar plus every time we could see all 330 ranked wrestlers in action. Times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.
  9. Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 11 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 11 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Jan 10, 2023

    A whole bunch more duals are on tap for week 11 of NCAA wrestling. Here's every event on the NCAA D1 calendar along with every place we could see all 330 ranked wrestlers compete.
  10. #6 Missouri vs #13 Northern Iowa - Preview & Predictions

    #6 Missouri vs #13 Northern Iowa - Preview & Predictions

    Jan 5, 2023

    The #13 Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to Columbia to take on the #6 Missouri Tigers on Sunday, January 8, 2023 in what should be an incredible dual. The meet begins at 5:30 pm (ET) and is filled with incredible matchups from top to bottom. Take a look at a full preview in the below article with a breakdown and predictions for each match.
  11. Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 10 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 10 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Jan 3, 2023

    The holiday tournaments are over, and the NCAA season is about to settle into its conference dual rhythm. We have some incredible matches slated for the D1 week 10 schedule. Here's every event on the calendar plus all the places every ranked wrestler could compete. As usual, this schedule was compiled by Britt Malinsky. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
  12. Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 9 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 9 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Dec 28, 2022

    While there are only three NCAA events on the calendar this week, all three will attract significant numbers of ranked wrestlers. Here's a list of all the top-33 ranked wrestlers we could see at the Soldier Salute, Midlands, and the Southern Scuffle.
  13. 2023 Southern Scuffle Upperweight Preview

    2023 Southern Scuffle Upperweight Preview

    Dec 27, 2022

    We're back in Chattanooga to ring in the new year with yet another star-studded Southern Scuffle.
  14. All The Ranked Wrestlers We Could See At The Scuffle

    All The Ranked Wrestlers We Could See At The Scuffle

    Dec 23, 2022

    It won't be long til many of the nation's toughest teams head to Chattanooga for the 2023 Southern Scuffle. While we don't have a complete registration list just yet, take a look at a list of every ranked wrestler who could compete at this year's Scuffle based on the teams who hare planning to attend.
  15. Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 6 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Where Every Ranked Wrestler Could Compete Week 6 Of NCAA Wrestling

    Dec 7, 2022

    This weekend, international wrestling takes center stage as Team USA's men's and women's freestyle teams will compete against the world's best on December 10 and 11. On top of that, we'll see one of the top high school tournaments of the year at Ironman. College fans shouldn't worry though, we'll still see several enticing duals including Bedlam and Missouri vs Virginia Tech. Here's a list of every college event on this week's calendar (compiled by Britt Malinsky) along with all the ranked wrestlers who could compete at each event. Times listed are Eastern Standard Time.