The state's No. 8-ranked Waynesville wrestling has already produced a college-level athlete – and the 2013-14 season has yet to begin.
Jacob Semple (Sr., HWT), signed a letter of intent Nov. 17 to participate in the University of Missouri wrestling program.
Semple is currently the top-ranked heavyweight in Missouri, No. 15 nationally via WrestlingUSA.com, and will join three additional Mizzou wrestling recruits: Sam Crane (Columbia, Mo.), John Erneste (Kansas City, Mo.), and Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.).
The student-athlete finished third in the 2013 MSHSAA Class 4 State Championship last season, and is favored to compete in the championship tournament again in 2014.
Semple will add his overall high school heavyweight record of 99-19 to Mizzou's highly-touted No. 2 recruiting class of 2013.
Mizzou wrestling coach Brian Smith pointed to Semple's three-sport high school career (football, wrestling, track and field), as well as his success at both state and national level competitions as influences on the signing.
"We are getting a quality heavyweight who has a great work ethic," Smith said via the school's athletic website. "He's been to our 10-day intensive summer camp, which tells me he likes to work and is committed to the 'Tiger Style' way."
Semple's success during his high school tenure and Mizzou's 2012-13 team record of 16-3 makes for a perfect fit for the Waynesville stand-out.
And it only makes sense for Semple to remain a Tiger.