Morningside College routed York 38-9 in the evening session Jan. 12 at the NWCA-Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill., to finish the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Both Mustangs’ Akron-Westfield alumni, Chad Morehead at 165 pounds and John Sievert at 197 pounds, had wins in the tournament.
The Mustang wrestlers, ranked seventh nationally in the NAIA, lost 24-12 against No. 12 Baker and 26-20 against No. 13 Missouri Baptist earlier in the day. Morningside’s dual record now stands at 6-4.
Morningside spotted York an early 6-0 lead when it forfeited the 125 pound match but the Mustangs later received four forfeits themselves.
Morehead, a senior from Akron, beat Kyle Wichman by a 15-0 technical fall in the 165 pound match.
Nathan Ryan, Nate Taylor and Tyler Kacmarcynski all won by decisions in the 133, 157 and heavyweight matches.
A loss against Baker in the opening round bounced the Mustangs into the consolation bracket.
Morningside took an early 3-0 lead after second-ranked Kory Kistner won a 3-2 decision against Alan Callahan in the opening 125 pound bout and the Mustangs held a 9-3 lead after Garrett Lambrecht pinned 10th-ranked Joel Olivas in 3:38 in the 141 pound match.
Baker erased the Mustangs’ early advantage by going on a five-match winning streak, capped by a major upset in the 184 pound match when the Wildcats’ Jared Price pinned No. 1-ranked Brian Block to give Baker a 21-9 lead.
Morningside’s Sievert, of Akron, stopped the Wildcats’ winning streak when he won a 6-1 decision against Robert Shadarach in the 197 pound match. Sievert had a 2-2 season record.
Baker capped its victory with a 5-1 win in the heavyweight division from No. 1-ranked Brandon Gebhardt against fourth-ranked Kacmarynski.
Morningside fell behind 20-4 five matches into the dual against Missouri Baptist, which avenged a 22-12 loss against the Mustangs earlier this season at the Benedictine Raven Duals. The Mustangs’ only winner in the first five bouts was Lambrecht, who won a 10-2 major decision against Esmond Ford in the 141 pound match.
The Mustangs won four of the last five matches, including a pin in 3:31 from Jake Parker in the 196 pound match. Kacmarynski won by a 13-4 major decision in the heavyweight finale, while Morehead and Rulin Pederson won by decision at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively.
Morehead, team rankings
Morehead had a 14-6 season record before the Cliff Keen National Duals. He was ranked 13th in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Jan. 9. The Mustangs as a team moved up two spots from ninth to seventh.
Wrestler of the Week
Kacmarynski, a junior from Spencer, Iowa, was named the NAIA Wrestler of the Week for Dec. 31 to Jan. 6.
Kacmarynski, who was also the Hauff Mid-America Sports/ Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wrestler of the Week, upset NAIA Heavyweight National Champion Eric Thompson 9-3 in the Mustangs’ dual against No. 1-ranked Grand View University in Des Moines. Kacmarynski, who went into the Grand View dual ranked fifth nationally in the NAIA heavyweight division, had a 17-2 record and an 11-match winning streak. Morningside lost 23-13 to Grand View in the dual meet.
Sievert fourth at tournament
Sievert finished fourth in the 197 pound division on Jan. 5 at the Midland University Warrior Open wrestling tournament in Fremont, Neb.
Sievert had a 2-2 record at the tournament and both victories came by fall. He pinned Joe Blankenship of Wayne State College Club team in 2:14 and pinned Mustang teammate Jake Parker in 2:54. Sievert lost a 5-4 decision against eventual champion Caleb Kolb of the University of Nebraska in the semifinals and dropped a 5-1 decision against sixth-ranked Mike Brown of Oklahoma City University in the consolation final.
Area wrestling fans can catch Morehead and Sievert in action Jan. 23 when Morningside will host Midland University in a GPAC match at 7:00 p.m Morningside faces Northwestern College and Buena Vista University at Northwestern at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29; will host Alumni Night against Concordia University, at 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 1. Morningside is at the Briar Cliff Open at 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 2; at Hastings at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 5. The NAIA North Regional is in Fremont, Neb., on Feb. 16 and the NAIA National Wrestling Championships will be in Des Moines on March 1-2.