Mustangs Ranked 19th In NAIA Pre-Season Poll
Morningside College had second place finishes from Kevin Olson and Tyler Lashbrook at Saturday’s Buena Vista University Open wrestling tournament in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Olson, a senior from Dallas, Ga., was the runner-up in the 141 lb. division, while Lashbrook, a junior from Wellsburg, Iowa, was the runner-up at 149 lbs.
Olson advanced to the 141 lb. final with a 10-1 major decision against Tyler Forcella of Grand View University, a 16-3 major decision against Trent Butcher of NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State University in the quarterfinals, and a 7-6 decision against Briar Cliff University’s Sonny Gulesian in the semifinals. Olson lost 18-4 against Alphonso Vruno of NCAA Division II Minnesota State University Mankato in the championship match.
Lashbrook opened the tournament with an 8-0 major decision against Clayton Hintz of Concordia University. Lashbrook edged Minnesota State Mankato’s Joe Franta by a 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals and won a 9-4 decision against Miguel Calixto of Iowa Lakes Community College in the semifinals. Lashbrook lost a 2-0 decision against Dakota Wesleyan University’s Kyle Gerlach in the 149 lb. title bout.
The Mustangs also had a third place finish from Jordan Langley at 157 lbs., a fourth place finish from Harrison Johnson at 165 lbs.; a fifth place finish from Keegan Williams at 125 lbs., a sixth place finish from Tyler Kacmarynski at heavyweight, and an eighth place finish from Carter Tegeler at 133 lbs.
Langley won by fall in his first match when he pinned Minnesota State Mankato’s Colton Stoddard in 2:33. Langley won by injury default against Alexsie Vickers of Iowa Western Community College in the quarterfinals before he suffered a 10-7 loss against Iowa Western’s Kris Guthrie in the semifinals. Langley rebounded with a win by medical default against Dillon Coe of NCAA Division I University of Northern Iowa and an 11-1 major decision against Dakota Wesleyan’s Dusty Paulsen in the consolation final.
Johnson pinned his first opponent with a fall time of 2:14 against Shane Copeland of Iowa Western before he was pinned in 1:37 by Jarrick Jensen of Dakota Wesleyan in the quarterfinals. Johnson pinned each of his next two opponents with fall times of 58 seconds against Morningside teammate Trey Rossman and 54 seconds against Buena Vista’s Seth Shatto. Tim Hessler of Iowa Western. Johnson won an 11-7 decision against Tim Hester of Iowa Western before he was pinned by Trevor Devestern of Dakota Wesleyan in the consolation final.
Williams won four straight matches after he opened the tourney with a 6-0 loss against Adrian Lozano of Iowa Western. Williams won an 8u-2 decision against Kyle Robinson of Briar Cliff, won a 3-1 decision against Ernesto Garcia of Buena Vista, won by injury default against Branden Schultz of Buena Vista, and won a 7-6 decision against Minnesota State Mankato’s Trevor Schultz. Williams winning streak ended with a 13-0 loss against Nate Smith of Iowa Central Community College in the consolation semifinals before he rebounded with a 10-3 decision against Grand View’s Jordan Ihle in the fifth place match.
Kacmarynski pinned each of his first two opponents with fall times of 4:14 against Terryon Bradley of Ellsworth Community College and 5:32 against Nathan Myrice of Iowa Lakes Community College before he lost a 9-7 decision against Grand View’s Dean Broghammer in the semifinals. Kacmarynski lost a 7-2 decision against Minnesota State Mankato’s Corby Running in the consolation semifinals and lost by injury default against Dakota Wesleyan’s Eric Gruis in the fifth place match.
Tegeler pinned Iowa Western’s Wilfred Charbono in 4:42 in his first match before he lost by fall in 3:05 against Concordia’s Kodie Cole in the quarterfinals. Tegeler rebounded with a 12-0 major decision against Iowa Central’s Nate Lentsch in the consolation bracket before he was pinned in 2:57 by Jacob Igartua of Ellsworth and lost an 8-5 decision against Robert Rivera of Concordia in the seventh place match.
Morningside College is ranked 19th in the nation in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Pre-Season Poll released on October 23.
The Mustangs are coming off a 2012-13 season where they posted an 11-4 dual record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) to win their third consecutive GPAC championship.
Morningside is one of three teams from the GPAC ranked in the NAIA Top 20. Midland University is ranked ninth and Dakota Wesleyan University is 10th.
The Mustangs have four wrestlers in the individual rankings, led by Tyler Kacmarynski, a senior from Spencer, Iowa, who is fifth in the heavyweight division. Kacmarynski posted a 23-6 record with six falls last season and is a three-time NAIA National qualifier.
Morningside’s other nationally ranked wrestlers are Garret Lambrecht, a junior from Wood River, Neb., who is 10th at 141 lbs.; Nathan Ryan, a sophomore from Moville, Iowa, who is 11th at 133 lbs.; and Rulin Pederson, a junior from Sioux City, who is 13th at 184 lbs.
Ryan led the Mustangs in victories last season when he went 26-14 with six falls. Pederson was also a 20-match winner with a 22-7 record with three falls, while Lambrecht went 18-9 with a team-high nine falls.
Morningside will open the 2013-14 season with duals against NCAA Division I Air Force and NCAA Division II Augustana on Nov. 15 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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