Mustangs enjoy 4th straight wrestling title

Posted February 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Morningside College secured an outright Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) wrestling championship, its fourth in a row, with a 27-13 win against Midland in its final dual of the season Feb. 14 in Fremont, Neb.

The Mustangs finished with a perfect 7-0 record against their GPAC opponents and won theirninth straight dual overall to finish the season with a 12-6 record.

Morningside has won 30 consecutive duals against GPAC opponentrs since a 23-15 loss against former college Dana during the 2008-2009 season.

The Mustangs’ GPAC winning streak was in jeopardy when they trailed 13-11 wiht four matches to go in the win at Midland.

Trew Bushhousen won a 9-1 major decision against Travis Kephart at 174 pounds to put thje Mustangs ahead to say at 15-13 before Rulin Pederson, Jared McCoy, and Tyler Kacmarynski won the final three bous to seal the Morningside win.

Pederson won a 9-6 decision against Connor Hovey at 184 pounds; McCoy pinned Kenji Kekela in 2:47 and Kacmarynski won a 5-3 decision against Lonnie Brown in the heavyweight finale.

The Mustangs had a three-weight sweep from 133 to 149 pounds, where Nathan Ryan won a 4-3 decision at 133 pounds; Kevin Olson won an 11-3 major decision at 141 pounds; and Tyler Lashbrook won a 9-1 decision at 149 pounds.

The Mustangs are led by Head Coach Jake Stevenson.The Mustangs were ranked 10th nationally in the latest NAIA Wrestling Coaches Poll on Feb. 12.

A-W connections

Joe Sievert, a senior from Akron, is on the Mustangs’ squad. Sievert is ranked fourth nationally at 174 pounds.

John Sievert is an assistant coach for the Mustangs. He won the NAIA Division II National Championship at 197 pounds in 2013.

Both are Akron-Westfield Community School alumni.


Morningside will compete in the NAIA North Region tournament on Feb. 22 in Mitchell, S.D.

Honor for Mustang

Kacmarynski, a senior heavyweight from Spencer, won the Hauff Mid-America Sports/ GPAC Wrestler of the Week for Feb. 3-9.

Kacmarynski won both of his matches to extend his winning streak to 11 and raise his season’s record to 19-3 wit h six falls. He won a 3-1 decision against ERic Guls in the Mustangs’ 31-3 win against Dakota Wesleyan University and pinned 10th-ranked Abram Reynolds in 6:53 in the Mustangs’ 43-0 shutout of city rival Briar Cliff University. Kacmarynski, ranked sixth nationally in the NAIA, has a 14-1 record in duals.

Other Mustangs with national rankings are as follows: Nathan Ryan, ranked 12th at 133 pounds; Olson, ranked 13th at 141 poiunds; Garret Lambrecht, ranked 16th at 141 pounds; Lashbrook, ranked fifth at 149 pounds; and Pederson, ranked 13th at 184 pounds.

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