Morningside College won the team championship at the NAIA North Qualifying wrestling tournament in Mitchell, S.D., Feb. 22.
The Mustangs scored 128.5 points to reign over the 12-team field by a comfortable margin over runner-up Concordia University, which was second with 97 points.
At 184 pounds, Joe Sievert, a senior from Akron, won one of two individual championships for the Mustangs. Sievert out battled Randall Null of Northwestern College in a 13-11 decision in the championship. Sievert advanced to the finals with a 17-6 major decision against Connor Hovey of Midland and a 5-3 decision against Morningside teammate Rulin Pederson in the semifinals.
Sievert is an alumni and former state wrestling champion at Akron-Westfield Community School. With the title he qualified for the NAIA Wrestling National Championships.
Tyler Lashbrook, a junior from Wellsburg, Iowa, also won a championship for Morningside, at 149 pounds.
Aside from winning the team title, the Mustangs qualified nine wrestlers, including Sievert, for the 2014 NAIA Wrestling National Championships to be held March 7 and 8 in Topeka, Kan.
Morningside had eight wrestlers qualify by placing in the top four of their respective weight divisions and Garret Lambrecht, a junior from Wood River, Neb., was awarded one of the tournament’s wild card qualifying spots after a fifth place finish in the 141 pound division.
A week earlier, Coach Jake Stevenson’s team secured an outright Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestling championship with a 27-13 win over Midland in Fremont, Neb., Feb. 14. Morningside had a perfect 7-0 dual meet record this season and has won 30 consecutive duals against GPAC foes since a 23-15 loss against former college Dana in the 2008-2009 season.