Garcia top winner for Morningside wrestling team in 2017-18 campaign
Steven Garcia, a senior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was the top winner for the Morningside wrestling team during the 2017-18 season.
Garcia posted a 24-6 record with five falls to lead the Mustangs in victories and in winning percentage with a .800 victory rate. Aside from leading the Mustangs in victories, Garcia was the team’s co-leader with four wins by technical fall. Garcia won 149 lb. individual tournament titles at the Central College Invitational on Jan. 6 and the Dickinson State University Invitational on Jan. 13.
Garcia, the only four-time first-team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) wrestler in Morningside history, was a four-time NAIA National Tournament qualifier and a two-time NAIA All-American. He finished his career with a 93-34 record with 17 falls for eighth place on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list.
The Mustangs had three other 20-match winners in Devin Phaly, Phil Rasmussen and Dakota Drenth.
Phaly, a junior from Sergeant Bluff, had a 23-17 record with seven falls to rank second on the team in victories. Phaly, a NAIA 125 lb. national qualifier and second-team All-GPAC selection, was one of the Mustangs’ most improved competitors after he entered the season with a career record of 21-31 over his previous two campaigns.
He moved into 39th place on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list with a career record of 44-48 with 13 falls.
Rasmussen, a freshman from Luxemburg, Wis., led the Mustangs’ newcomers in victories with a 22-12 record with two falls. Rasmussen was the heavyweight individual champion at the Central Invitational.
Drenth, a junior from Hartley, Iowa, led the Mustangs with 11 reversals. He posted a 20-15 record and ranked second on the Mustangs with 10 falls. Drenth was the 157 lb. champion at the Dickinson State Invitational.
Drenth, the Mustangs’ pin leader as a freshman and sophomore, has a 62-45 record with 32 falls during his Morningside career for the 21st highest victory total in Morningside history.
Dusten Reed, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ pin leader with a team-high 11 falls. Reed finished the season with a record of 14-11.
Keegan Hessler, a junior from Scottsbluff, Neb., had the Mustangs’ fastest fall of the season when he pinned Dakota Wesleyan University’s Seth Caro in 24 seconds in the Mustangs’ 42-3 victory against the Tigers on Jan. 27 in the GPAC Duals. Hessler, a second-team All-GPAC selection and a NAIA national qualifier, had a 14-7 record with seven falls.
Hessler, a three-time NAIA national qualifier and a NAIA All-American in 2017, has a 50-21 record with 23 falls during his Morningside career for 31st place on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list.
Nick Madsen, a junior from Le Mars, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ co-leader with four technical falls on his way to a 15-18 record with four falls.
Logan Moore, a senior from Onawa, Iowa, posted an 8-4 record and was the 184 lb. champion at the Central Invitational.
Moore finished his career with a 52-35 record and 10 falls for 28th place on the Mustangs’ all-time victory list.
Morningside posted a 6-5 dual record and finished second in the GPAC standings with a 6-2 league mark.