by Steve Peterson
Morningside College is ranked 12th in the nation in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Post-Season Poll released on March 11.
John Sievert, a senior from Akron, was ranked No. 1 at 197 pounds. He beat Carl Lawrence of Missouri Valley College by a 3-1 decision in the NAIA Wrestling National Championship finals on March 2 in Des Moines to become a National Champion.
The Mustangs, who were ranked 10th in the final regular season poll, finished the season with an 11-4 dual record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) to win the GPAC championship for the third year in a row.
Morningside was one of three teams from the GPAC ranked in the NAIA Top 20. Midland University is ranked ninth and Dakota Wesleyan University is ranked 20th.