February 18, 2012
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Kansas City, Mo. – Grand View (Iowa), Campbellsville (Ky.), Midland (Neb.) and Southern Oregon claimed team championships in the NAIA Qualifying Group Tournaments on Saturday. The event serves as a last chance qualifier for individuals looking to punch their ticket to the 55th Annual Wrestling National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, March 1-3.
Five of Grand View’s nine top-four finishers claimed individual championships, as the Vikings tallied 208.5 points to garner a team championship in the Central Qualifying Group. The group featured two first and second place sweeps, as Gustavo Martinez of Grand View edged teammate Nick Coffman, 2-1, in the 141 pound class, while Jarid Price of Baker (Kan.) defeated fellow Wildcat Robert Shadrach, 3-2, at 184 pounds. Oklahoma City finished second in the group with 149.5 points, while Missouri Valley (147.5), Baker (127.0) and Waldorf (Iowa) (87.5) rounded out the top five.
Campbellsville racked up 183.5 team points – 66 more than second-place Missouri Baptist – to claim the team title in the East Qualifying Group. The Tigers posted 11 top-four wrestlers, including individual titles by Tim Thurston (133 pounds), Chris Teague (141 pounds), Conor Young (157 pounds), Josh Ashbrook (174 pounds), Allen Scruggs (184 pounds) and Jamelle Jones (197 pounds). Shorter (Ga.) finished third place in the group with 109 points, while Lindsey Wilson edged Indiana Tech for fourth place with 98 points.
In the north tournament, Midland edged Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Morningside (Iowa), 156.5 – 147.0, to earn the group’s team championship. Dickinson State (N.D.) finished third with 105.5 points, while Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (100.5) and Concordia (Neb.) (96.0) took fourth and fifth place, respectively. Jahsua Marsh and Levi Roberson claimed championships at the 197 pound and 285 pound classes for the Warriors, who had 10 competitors qualify for the national championships with top-four finishes. The Mustangs posted the most individual winners in the group with four (Kory Kistner, 125 pound; Garet Lambrecht, 141 pound; Joe Sievert, 174 pound; Brian Brock, 184 pound).
Southern Oregon, led by a Qualifying Group Tournament-high 12 top-four finishers, earned the west group team championship with 164 points to beat Great Falls (Mont.) (137.5) and Montana State-Northern (106.5). Four Raiders claimed group titles, as SOU had at least one wrestler finish in the top-four in every weight class except at 197 pounds. Rounding out the west’s team top-five were Menlo (Calif.) with 84 points and Wayland Baptist (Texas) with 66.5 points.
The official list of National Championship qualifiers will be announced on Feb. 23. For additional information on the championships, click here.
Central Qualifying Group Brackets
East Qualifying Group Brackets
North Qualifying Group Brackets
West Qualifying Group Brackets