Aeoden Sinclair at the 2022 16U freestyle national finals (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Today, the #5 overall recruit in the Class of 2024, Aeoden Sinclair (Milton, WI) announced his collegiate intentions via social media. Sinclair has committed to Brian Smith's Missouri Tigers. Once Sinclair signs (in the fall of 2023), he'll be the highest-ranked recruit to ink with Mizzou since Keegan O'Toole (#5 in 2020).
Sinclair was a 2022 16U freestyle national champion in Fargo and was third in 2021. A few months earlier, Sinclair was third at the UWW U17 World Team Trials competing at 80 kgs. Sinclair's most recent national-level credential came at the Super 32 in October where he finished as a runner-up at 195 lbs. It was his second time placing at the event. A year ago, he was seventh at 170 lbs. During the high school season, Sinclair won his first Wisconsin state championship as a sophomore.
The runner-up finish at the Super 32 led to a #4 ranking nationally at 195 lbs.
Sinclair is now the first recruit from the Class of 2024 to give a verbal commitment to the Tigers. He should fit in perfectly with the Tigers, as two-time All-American Rocky Elam will enter his senior season during Sinclair's first year on campus in Columbia. While Mizzou has some good, young talent at 184 lbs, there are no long-term solutions after Elam on the roster or in the Class of 2023.
Like a handful of wrestlers on Missouri's roster, namely O'Toole, Sinclair is a product of the Askren Wrestling Academy, run by Mizzou alums and national champions Ben and Max Askren.
For more recruiting information, check out InterMat's College Commitment Page.