DES MOINES, Iowa – Four of Campbellsville University's five All-Americans finished in the top four of their respective weight classes Saturday, as the Tigers finished sixth among 37 teams to conclude the 56th annual NAIA Wrestling Tournament at the Jacobson Exhibition Center.
CU collected 69 points to edge the University of Great Falls, who had 67 points and no national champions. Lindsey Wilson finished fifth with a national champion at 184 pounds, Jameel Bryant.
Grand View (Iowa) won the team championship with 159. Southern Oregon finished second with 153 points and Montana State-Northern took third with 104. Cumberland University had 31.5 points and University of the Cumberlands had 11.5.
The Mid-South Conference has now had an individual national champion each of the last four seasons since adding wrestling as a conference sport. In all, the Mid-South Conference had 13 NAIA All-Americans with Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville each collecting five top-eight individual finishes.
At 133 pounds, redshirt junior Tyler Alsip advanced past the All-America round Friday night, but lost to two East Region opponents Saturday morning in a 5-1 decision to Lindsey Wilson's Jacob McCombs and a 9-2 decision to Indiana Tech's Travis Barroquillo
At 141 pounds, Brandon Westerman lost his semifinal match against Great Falls' Myles Mazurkiewicz, 4-2, but responded to pin Cumberland University's Jake Williams in 1:33. He finished out the morning session with a third-place win over Lindsey Wilson's Wismit Moinius, 2-0.
In the 149-pound bracket, Shawn McGhee placed fourth after winning a close bought with Great Falls senior Mike Vassar, 2-1. He dropped his third-place match to Missouri Valley freshman Jake Ekster by an 8-0 major decision. McGhee is the first CU true freshman to place as an All-American since the 2008 season.
Conor Young closed out his career at 157 pounds with a third-place finish after losing his championship semifinal to national rival Chad Lowman of Grand View, 5-4, due to a riding time point. Lowman went on to beat Lindsey Wilson's Joe Cozart in the championship. Young beat Bethany's Colby Crank in the consolation semifinals, 5-1, and then beat Grand View's Quinten Haynes, 4-2, to finish third.
At 197 pounds, Allen Scruggs used a sudden victory to defeat Missouri Valley's Josh Manu, 4-2, and advance to the third-place match. Grand View's Derek Nighter, 2-0, scored an escape and added a riding time point to finish third.