Experimental in his style, Max’s knowledge and creativity on the mat is second to none
Although widely recruited, Askren was set on the University of Missouri where he was sure he would improve daily drilling with his brother, Ben Askren, once again. Max red-shirted his first year, and after, immediately became a four-year starter at 197lbs (’06-’08) and 184lbs (’09), and finished with an overall record of 104-16 (.867), the 2nd highest winning percentage in Missouri’s history. In 2006, Askren owned the best Missouri freshman record in over 10 years, and went on to become a two-time Big 12 Champion in both his freshman and sophomore season, making him only the fourth person in program history to ever win the conference title more than once. After, he went on to become a three-time NCAA All-American and a Division I NCAA Champion in his senior season. This made him and Ben only the 10th set of brothers in history to both win Division I NCAA titles.