Chet Utesch will be a Morningside Mustang this winter and compete in wrestling.
Utesch, a Class of 2012 Akron-Westfield alumni, was among the 2013 recruits announced by Morningside College Wrestling Coach Jake Stevenson. Utesch will be a freshman at Morningside for 2013-2014, as he is a transfer from NCAA Division I South Dakota State University, where he was a red-shirt this past season. He had a 7-6 record with one fall while competing unattached during the 2012-2013 season.
Utesch set a school record for the Westerners with 177 career victories. He had a 47-4 record and placed third in the Class 1A 126-pound division of the state tournament as a senior. He had a 43-4 record as a junior and placed fifth in the Class 1A 130-pound division of the state tournament. As a sophomore, Utesch had a 45-2 record and was ranked second in the state before he did not make weight at the Class 1A district tournament. Utesch had a 42-6 record as a freshman and placed seventh at the state tournament in the Class 1A 119-pound division.
Utesch, who will wrestle at 133 pounds for the Mustangs, will join a Morningside team that posted a 12-4 dual record during the 2012-2013 season and won a third consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Championship.
Also on the squad for the Mustangs from Akron will be Joe Sievert. A 174-pounder, who was a state champion for the Westerners, had an 8-0 record before he suffered a season ending injury in November. Sievert, who was granted a medical hardship, will go into the 2013-2014 season with an 84-14 career record for the ninth highest victory total in Morningside history.
This past season Morningside senior John Sievert became the second NAIA National Champion in Morningside College history as the A-W alumni won the 197-pound title match with a 3-1 win against Carl Lawrence of Missouri Valley College at the NAIA Wrestling National Championship to join Stevenson as the only national champions in Morningside history.
Aside from winning a national title, Sievert, of Akron, also added to his school-record pin total. He had a 21-2 record with eight falls to raise his school-record total to 44 career falls. One of his falls came in just 13 seconds against Eric Johnson of Calumet College at the NAIA National Championships for the fastest pin in Morningside history, topping the previous record of 15 seconds set by Weston Frahm during the 2005-2006 season. Sievert compiled an 86-32 record during his Morningside career for the eighth highest victory total in Morningside history.
Chad Morehead, a senior 165-pounder from Akron and an A-W alumni, led the Mustangs with 17 two-point near falls to tie a Morningside single season record first set by Andrew Anthofer in 2010-2011 season. Morehead also led the Mustangs with 60 escapes. He had a 25-12 record this season and finished his career with a record of 57-40 to rank 20th on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list.