Morehead, Sievert gain wins for Mustangs grapplers

Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:54 am

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.

Future meets

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.

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