Morningside College clinched at least a share of the 2012-2013 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) wrestling championship after it defeated Hastings College 31-15 Feb. 5 in a league dual in Hastings, Neb.
The Mustangs, GPAC champions for the third season in a row, raised their dual record to 11-4 and 5-09 in the GPAC. Morningside faced Briar Cliff to close the league season there Feb. 7. Morningside beat the Chargers 26-13 to win the league title again.
Morningside’s strength in the upper weights was pivotal in the win against Hastings last Tuesday. The Broncos took three of the first four weight classes, losing only ar 133 pounds, where the Mustangs’ Nathan Ryan pinned Alec Chanthapatheth in 3:58.
The Mustangs won every weight class from 157 on, starting with a 4-2 decision from Jordan Langley in the 157 pound bout against Connor Blanco.
Chad Morehead, a senior from Akron, won by a 3-1 overtime decision against Steadman Wang at 165 pounds.
Rulin Pederson beat Tim Rice, 4-2, at 174 pounds.
Morningside scored 16 points in the last three weight divisions, including a fall from John Sievert, this week’s Co-GPAC Wrestler of the Week, at heavyweight. Sievert, a senior from Akron, pinned Patt Mattfield in 4:13.
Brian Block of Morningside won by forfeit at 184 pounds.
Morningside’s Chris Bridgeford won by a 12-4 major decision against Calvin Erven at 197 pounds.
Sievert Co Wrestler of Week
John Sievert, a senior 197 pounder from Akron, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/ Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Co-Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.
Sievert shared the award with Kolton Kersten of Midland University. Sievert won a 2-0 decision against Kersten when the two went head-to-head earlier this season in the Mustangs’ 18-16 dual meet victory against the Warriors on Jan. 23 in Sioux City.
Sievert had a 6-0 record last week and was the 197 pound champion Feb. 2 at the Briar Cliff University Open to improve his season’s record to 11-2. He defeated David Reck of Air Force Prep by a 2-0 decision; in the Briar Cliff Open title match. His other two victories came by a 22-7 technical fall against Ross Hoksbergen of Dakota Wesleyan University and a 10-7 decision against Bradlee Carls of York College. Sievert helped the Mustangs to a 3-0 record in duals last week with a 12-2 major decision against Aaron Ruskell of Northwestern College and fall times of 1:50 against Jared Bronaugh of Buena Vista University and 2:05 against Frank Ayala of Concordia University, competing at heavyweight.