Morningside senior Kory Kistner won his first round match at the NAIA tournament, 11-5, on Friday.
Fourteen GPAC wrestlers from the Siouxland area qualified for the NAIA national tournament in Des Moines.
Rough go in the first round for Northwestern and Briar Cliff. They qualified two wrestlers each. At 125 BC's Kyle Robison is pinned. Both Chargers grapplers lost in the first round.
At 157 pounds, the Red Raiders John Lynch is also pinned in the 1st. Both of NWC's wrestlers lost in the first round
Morningside qualified 10 for nationals, including Rulin Pederson at 174. Pederson gets two points and the 5-3 decision to move on.
At 197 John Sievert, the GPAC wrestler of the year, wasted little time, needing only 14 seconds to pin Eric Johnson to advance to the quarterfinals.
At 125, a runner up last year at nationals, Morningside senior Kory Kistner gets the 11-5 decision to move on. Surprisingly, he says its easier to wrestle with a few LOSSES heading into the tournament.
"Everybody wants to be undefeated and nobody wants to lose," said Kistner. "But coming in undefeated is really tough. It was unfortunate and fortunate the same time that I lost a couple of matches coming in, you don't' have the pressure to be perfect."
The championship matches start at 7:00 PM Saturday. For more go to
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