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No. 17 Tigers fall to Mustangs in GPAC dual

Dakota Wesleyan’s Kyle Gerlach, front, wrestles Morningside’s Tyler Lashbrook in a 149-pound match during a Great Plains Athletic Conference dual Thursday at the Christen Family Wellness Center on DWU’s campus in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Matt Sedivy was disappointed after his team’s effort Thursday.

The No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team won just one match in a Great Plains Athletic Conference dual against No. 12 Morningside College. The Mustangs won 31-3 on DWU’s senior night at the Christen Family Wellness Center.

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“We didn’t do enough to make things happen,” Sedivy said. “They outwrestled us and wrestled with a tougher mindset, and that’s not easy to stomach. That’s stuff we can control and we didn’t do it.

“We got down tonight and couldn’t get back up.”

The Tigers (8-7, 4-2 GPAC) got their only win of the night from Richard Rios (15-5) at 133 pounds. Rios, who’s the sixth-ranked wrestler in the nation at his weight class, won by decision over No. 12 Nathan Ryan 5-4.

“It was bittersweet,” said Rios, who was honored for senior night with six others during the match. “It hasn’t set in yet that this was my last match here.”

Other Tiger seniors honored were Eric Gruis, Kyler Hoisington, Nick Hutcheson, Shea Klooster, Ryan Roach and Tyler Sarringar.

After Rios’ victory tied the dual at 3, the Mustangs (10-6, 5-0 GPAC) won eight straight matches to remain undefeated in the conference.

DWU had three ranked wrestlers who suffered upsets Thursday as No. 6 Kyle Gerlach (15-9), No. 6 Trever DeVestern (24-2) and Tyler Sarringar (20-6) each fell to Mustang opponents.

Sedivy said his team must make the decision to turn things around heading into its next dual, which is Thursday against Doane College on the road.

“Every day is a daily grind,” Rios said. “Whether we win or lose at the end of a dual, it’s back to the drawing board come the next practice. We’re focusing on moving forward and getting better.”

Morningside 31, Dakota Wesleyan 3

125: Brent Curtis, M, dec. Will Seydel, 3-2, 3-0; 133: Richard Rios, DWU, dec. Nathan Ryan 5-4, 3-3; 141: Kevin Olson, M, maj. dec. Mito Mendivil, 12-1, 7-3; 149: Tyler Lashbrook, M, maj. dec. Kyle Gerlach, 10-2, 11-3; 157: Jordan Langley, M, maj. dec. Brook Woehl, 14-1, 15-3; 165: Harrison Johnson, M, maj. dec Trever DeVestern, 12-2, 19-3; 174: Tru Rushausen, M, dec. Kyle Hoisington, 4-2, 22-3; 184: Rulin Pederson, M, dec. Tyler Sarringar 7-4, 25-3; 197: Jared McCoy, M, dec. Shea Klooster, 3-2, 28-3; HWT: Tyler Kacmarynski, M, dec. Eric Gruis, 3-1, 31-3.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.