Jake Stevenson, one of the most decorated wrestlers in Morningside history, is in his second season as the Mustangs' head coach. He guided the Mustangs to a 12-4 dual meet record and a GPAC championship in his first season at the helm to earn the 2013 GPAC Wrestling Coach of the Year award.
Stevenson was the Mustangs’ assistant coach for three season from 2008-11 and the head coach of the Wayne State College Wrestling Club in Wayne, Neb., for the 2011-12 academic year.
Stevenson was a four-time NAIA All-American and the college’s first NAIA National Champion. He posted a 130-25 record during his career for the most wins in school history. Stevenson captured the 2007 NAIA 184 lb. National Championship when he won a 3-1 decision against No. 1-ranked Joffre Lander of Embry-Riddle University in the title bout to cap a junior season where he had a record of 23-1. Stevenson won his final 11 matches of the season after he returned from a broken jaw he suffered against Austin Hayes of Buena Vista University on Nov. 29, 2006. Stevenson defaulted in that match for his only loss of the season.
He earned All-America honors with fourth place finishes in the 174 lb. division at the NAIA National Championships as both a freshman and sophomore and earned All-America honors for the fourth time with a third place finish at 184 lbs. as a senior. Stevenson had a 45-8 record as a sophomore in 2005-06 to set a Morningside single-season record for victories.
Stevenson was named the Mustangs’ Most Valuable Wrestler after each of his four seasons with the team. He was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) NAIA All-Academic Team three times and was a NAIA “Champions of Character” award recipient.
Stevenson, a native of Albion, Neb., is a 2004 graduate of Boone Central High School, where he posted a 96-43 career record and was a three-time state tournament qualifier. He had a 32-4 record as a senior en route to a third place finish in the Class B 171 lb. division at the state tournament. Stevenson’s victories that season included two triumphs against Nebraska Class C state champion Caleb Mitchell of Norfolk Catholic and a win against Class D state champion Steven Dent of Mullen. Stevenson had a 31-8 record and placed fourth in the Class B 152 lb. division of the state tourney as a junior.
Stevenson graduated from Morningside in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State in 2010.
John Sievert is in his first season as a Morningside assistant coach following a standout competitive career for the Mustangs.
Sievert, a 2013 Morningside graduate from Westfield, Iowa, became the second NAIA National Champion in school history when he captured the 197 lb. NAIA crown when he won a 3-1 decision against Carl Lawrence of Missouri Valley College in the title match.
Sievert had a 21-2 record with eight pins during the 2012-13 season and was named the GPAC Wrestler of the Year.
He finished his career with an 86-32 record with a school-record 44 falls. Sievert set a Morningside single-season record with 24 falls during the 2011-12 campaign and had the fastest fall in school history when he pinned Eric Johnson of Calumet College in 13 seconds at the 2013 NAIA National Championships.
Sievert graduated from Morningside with a degree in business administration and is a 2008 graduate of Akron-Westfield High School.
Scott Kruger is in his first season as a Mustang assistant coach.
Kruger was a member of the Mustangs wrestling team during the 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09 seasons.
Kruger graduated from Morningside in 2011 with majors in business administration and history.
He is a 2006 graduate of Sheldon High School, where he had a 118-17 career record and was a two-time Lakes Conference champion. He won 41 consecutive matches during one stretch of his career and was named the Orabs’ Most Valuable Wrestler three times.