Grand View remains atop NAIA with fourth straight title

Last night Grand View made NAIA history when they captured their fourth consecutive national title with 147.5 team points, joining Central State of Oklahoma as the only other program to accomplish the same feat back in the late 80s. Southern Oregon finished a distant second with 109. Head coach Nick Mitchell was also named the NAIA coach of the year.

Final Team Scores:
1. Grand View 147.5
2. Southern Oregon 109.0
3. Lindsey Wilson 104.5
4. Great Falls 87.5
5. Oklahoma City 71.0
19. William Penn 23.5
21. Morningside 20.0
36. Waldorf 1.0

The Vikings crowned nine All-Americans at the tournament which was held in Topeka, Kansas with returning NAIA champions Ryak Finch (125) and Brandon Wright (141) each defending their crowns as well. Finch was the leading point scorer for Grand View and his 27 points would have placed him in 18th in the team race alone. Finch tore through the tournament by winning matches by technical fall, fall, technical fall, and a pair of major decisions to close things out.

Teammates Jacob Colon (133),  Dallas Houchins (157), Thomas Moman (174), and Christian Mays (184) all lost their semifinal bouts, and Colon, Houchins, and Moman all rebounded with wins to reach the consolations finals. Joining the trio in the consolation finals was Gustavo Martinez (149), Jimmie Schuessler (165), and Dean Broghammer (285) after all three lost in the quarterfinal round. Schuessler capped off his four time All-American career by winning his third place bout. The rest of his teammates took fourth. Mays lost three straight matches to end his tournament with 6th place.

Morningside fell out of the top 20 and finished with 20 points and 21st place. All-Americans Garret Lambrecht (141) and Rulin Pederson (184) each wound up in the 7th place bracket, with Lambrecht winning his match to take 7th. Scottie Bonds (141) third place finish propelled William Penn’s top 20 team finish with 23.5 points. Bonds ended his tournament with a fall in 6:57.