Mustangs 5th at GPAC Wrestling Championships

February 17, 2018, in Athletics, Wrestling

Steven Garcia

Keegan Hessler

Keegan Hessler and Steven Garcia finished second in their respective weight divisions to lead Morningside College to a fifth place finish at the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wrestling Championships in Hastings, Neb.

Hessler, a junior from Scottsbluff, Neb., was the runner-up at 125 lbs. and Garcia, a senior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was the 149 lb. runner-up.

Hessler pinned Kobe Paczosa-Hall of Hastings College in 4:20 in the quarterfinals and won a 17-5 major decision against Jerry Stepps III of Concordia University in the semifinals before he lost a 10-8 decision against Julian Gaytan of Midland University in the 125 lb. final.

Garcia opened the tournament with a 13-7 victory against Taygen Smith of Hastings in the quarterfinals. Garcia won a 7-5 decision against Dante Preciado of Northwestern College in the semifinals before he lost a 2-1 decision against Richard Pocock of Hastings in the 149 lb. title bout.

The Mustangs had third place finishes from Devin Phlay, a junior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, at 125 lbs. and Caleb Deemer, a junior from Palmer, Alaska, at 197 lbs.

Dusten Reed, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, placed fourth at 133 lbs. and Phillip Rasmussen, a freshman from Luxemburg, Wis., placed fifth at heavyweight.

Morningside had sixth place finishes from Alex Schmitz, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, at 133 lbs., Keagan Putnam, a junior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, at 165 lbs., and Jacob Wiley, a sophomore from Sioux City, at 174 lbs.