Mustangs Ranked 19th In NAIA Pre-Season Poll
Tyler Kacmarynski, a senior from Spencer, Iowa, reigned in the Elite Heavyweight division at Saturday’s University of Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open wrestling tournament.
Kacmarynski won a 6-1 decision against Lonnie Brown of Midland University in the championship match. He won a 5-3 decision against the University of Nebraska’s Nyle Bartling in the quarterfinals and pinned Newman University’s Lorenzo Sema in 2:15 in the semifinals.
The Mustangs had three other place winners at the tournament. Garret Lambrecht, a junior from Wood River, Neb., finished fourth in the Elite 141 lb. division; Harrison Johnson, a senior from Sterling, Colo., finished fourth in the Elite 165 lb. division; and Kevin Olson, a senior from Dallas, Ga., finished sixth in the Elite 141 lb. division.
Lambrecht won his opening round match when he pinned Kaleb Cradduck of Central Oklahoma University in 6:03 before a 7-3 loss against Chad Vandiver of Colorado State-Pueblo dropped him into the consolation bracket. Lambrecht won three straight decisions by scores of 11-6 over Brock Coutu of Nebraska-Kearney, 11-8 over Cody Hancock of the United States Air Force Academy, and 1-0 over Morningside’s Kevin Olson. The three wins put Lambrecht into the consolation final, where he lost by fall in 5:58 in a rematch with Vandiver.
Johnson pinned his first two opponents with fall times of 5:17 against Parker Swanson of Augustana College and 4:17 against Nebraska-Kearney’s Matt Oliver before he lost by fall in 1:40 against Jesse Stafford of Air Force in the semifinals. Johnson rebounded with a 4-2 overtime win against Jorge Benitez of Western State before he lost by fall in 4:51 against Ray Hall, who was unattached, in the consolation final.
Olson won a 3-2 decision against Nebraska’s Tyrell Galloway and an 8-5 decision against Devin Bruce of New Mexico Highlands to reach the semifinals, where he dropped a 14-5 verdict against Jason Arreola of York College. Olson lost a 1-0 decision against Mustang teammate Garret Lambrecht in the consolation semifinals and then lost a 7-0 decision against Kaleb Cradduck of Central Oklahoma in the fifth place consolation match.
The Mustangs will compete in the Buena Vista University Open on Dec. 7 in Storm Lake, Iowa.
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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