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2014 NAIA Wrestling All-Americans Announced

March 10, 2014
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014 NAIA Wrestling All-Americans. Honors were bestowed to the top-eight finishers in each weight class at the 57th annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships that were held March 7 – 8 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan.

Headlining the 80 wrestlers that earned the honor are Brock Gutches of Southern Oregon and Eric Thompson of Grand View (Iowa), as both individuals received their third All-America honor after winning a third-straight national championship. Gutches became the first three-time national champion in NAIA history at 174 pounds with a 3-2 win over Jared Miller of Montana State-Northern. He also received the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award.

Thompson, a senior 285 pounder, controlled the entire match against Courtney Freeman of Cumberlands (Ky.) en route to a 17-2 technical fall. With the win, Thompson became the first three-time national champion in the heavyweight division since Jeff Thue of Simon Fraser (B.C.) accomplished the feat in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Gustavo Martinez (141) of Grand View, Cameron Neiss (141) of Montana State-Northern, Jake Williams (149) of Cumberland (Tenn.), Ethan Hinebauch (165) of Montana State-Northern, Chad Lowman (165) of Grand View and Jimmie Schuessler (174) of Grand View also earned their third All-America honor.

National champion Grand View had 11 of its 12 national qualifiers receive All-America honors, followed by Southern Oregon with six. Runner-up Great Falls (Mont.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) placed five grapplers, while Montana State-Northern and Morningside (Iowa) tallied four place-winners.

Overall, 25 individuals earned the honor for the second time.

2014 NAIA Wrestling All-Americans
125 pounds
1st Place - Ryak Finch, Grand View (Iowa)
2nd Place - Josh Heinzer, Midland (Neb.)
3rd Place - Sean Silva, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
4th Place - Chris Padilla, Missouri Baptist
5th Place - Austin Mogg, Concordia (Neb.)
6th Place - Jake Stigall, Southern Oregon
7th Place - Andrew Clark, Grand View (Iowa)
8th Place - Oscar Marin, York (Neb.)

133 pounds
1st Place - Bryce Shoemaker, Baker (Kan.)
2nd Place - Justin Brooks, Indiana Tech
3rd Place - Scottie Bonds, William Penn (Iowa)
4th Place - Richard Rios, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
5th Place - Michael Ruiz, Great Falls (Mont.)
6th Place - Brandon Benvenuti, Grand View (Iowa)
7th Place - Mitch Pawlak, Indiana Tech
8th Place - AJ Valles, Simpson (Calif.)

141 pounds
1st Place - Brandon Wright, Grand View (Iowa)
2nd Place - Gustavo Martinez, Grand View (Iowa)
3rd Place - Cameron Neiss, Montana State Northern
4th Place - Kyle Wilson, Great Falls (Mont.)
5th Place - Blake Fruchtl, Hastings (Neb.)
6th Place - Brandon Westerman, Campbellsville (Ky.)
7th Place - Wismit Moinius, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
8th Place - Jason Arreola, York (Neb.)

149 pounds
1st Place - Jake Williams, Cumberland (Tenn.)
2nd Place - Colby Crank, Bethany (Kan.)
3rd Place - Jake Ekster, Missouri Valley
4th Place - Ryan Martin, Great Falls (Mont.)
5th Place - Tyler Cowger, Southern Oregon
6th Place - Tyler Lashbrook, Morningside (Iowa)
7th Place - Colin Merkley, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
8th Place - Nick Haugen, Baker (Kan.)

157 pounds
1st Place - Joe Cozart, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
2nd Place - Dallas Houchins, Grand View (Iowa)
3rd Place - Quinten Haynes, Grand View (Iowa)
4th Place - Chad Cebulski, Great Falls (Mont.)
5th Place - Shawn McGhee, Campbellsville (Ky.)
6th Place - Zach Skates, Oklahoma City
7th Place - Jordan Langley, Morningside (Iowa)
8th Place - Tyler McMichael, Midland (Neb.)

165 pounds
1st Place - Chad Lowman, Grand View (Iowa)
2nd Place - Ethan Hinebauch, Montana State Northern
3rd Place - Kafuba Donzon, Indiana Tech
4th Place - Trever Devestern, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
5th Place - Shawn Lau, Great Falls (Mont.)
6th Place - Bryce Alexandar, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)
7th Place - Trey Rhodes, Campbellsville (Ky.)
8th Place - Eric Lopez, Menlo (Calif.)

174 pounds
1st Place - Brock Gutches, Southern Oregon
2nd Place - Jared Miller, Montana State Northern
3rd Place - Jimmie Schuessler, Grand View (Iowa)
4th Place - Jose Cruz, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
5th Place - Brady Beamon, Simpson (Calif.)
6th Place - Eziekiel Hunt, Cumberland (Tenn.)
7th Place - Erick Gomez, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
8th Place - Anthony Pike,  Briar Cliff (Iowa)

184 pounds
1st Place - Jameel Bryant, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
2nd Place - Cody Linton, Cumberland (Tenn.)
3rd Place - Joseph Sievert, Morningside (Iowa)
4th Place - Trey Hicks, Life (Ga.)
5th Place - Christian Mays, Grand View (Iowa)
6th Place - Rulin Pederson, Morningside (Iowa)
7th Place - Jacob Abrams, Southern Oregon
8th Place - Dan Capp, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)

197 pounds
1st Place - Jesse Hellinger, Dickinson State (N.D.)
2nd Place - Stephen Loosbrock, Benedictine (Kan.)
3rd Place - Charles Johnson, Southern Oregon
4th Place - Josh Manu, Missouri Valley
5th Place - Garrett DeMers, Montana State Northern
6th Place - Samuel Johnson, Cumberlands (Ky.)
7th Place - Eric Johnson, Calumet (Ind.)
8th Place - Jahwon Akui, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

285 Pounds
1st Place - Eric Thompson, Grand View (Iowa)
2nd Place - Courtney Freeman, Cumberlands (Ky.)
3rd Place - Gabi Musallam, Missouri Valley
4th Place - Scott Brasil, Menlo (Calif.)
5th Place - Saia Lotulelei, York (Neb.)
6th Place - Austin Lobsinger, Simpson (Calif.)
7th Place - Jacob Roza, Life (Ga.)
8th Place - Clayton Burtis, Southern Oregon