Three Mustangs qualify for NAIA Wrestling National Championships

February 20, 2018, in Athletics, Wrestling

Steven Garcia

Keegan Hessler

Devin Phaly

Morningside wrestlers Steven Garcia, Keegan Hessler and Devin Phaly qualified for the 2018 NAIA Wrestling National Championships slated for March 2 and 3 in Des Moines, Iowa.

 Garcia, a senior from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, qualified in the 149 lb. division based on a second place finish at last Saturday’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wrestling Championships in Hastings, Neb. Hessler, a junior from Scottsbluff, Neb., and Phaly, a junior from Sergeant Bluff, are 125 lb. qualifiers after they finished second and third, respectively, at the GPAC Championships.

Garcia, a two-time NAIA All-American, has a 23-4 record with five falls. He had a 16-match winning streak snapped when he lost a 2-1 decision against Richard Pocock of Hastings College in the 149 lb. title bout at the GPAC Championships.

Hessler, who earned NAIA All-America honors with a sixth place finish in the 125 lb. division at last year’s NAIA National Championships, has an 11-5 record with six falls, while Phaly has a 23-15 record with seven falls.