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Rios, DeVestern All-Americans for DWU

TOPEKA, Kan. — Trever DeVestern made history for the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team by becoming the second Tiger to earn back-to-back All-American honors over the weekend.

DeVestern, a junior, took fourth in the 165-pound weight class at the NAIA National Wrestling Championships Saturday in Topeka, Kan. DWU senior Richard Rios also finished fourth at 133 pounds, finishing with his first-ever All-American honor.

DeVestern fell to Indiana Tech’s Kafuba Donzon in a 5-2 decision in the third-place match, finishing the year with a 33-4 record. He set the Tigers’ individual record for winning percentage this season and moved up to second on the school’s all-time wins list with a career record of 95-47.

“It’s so hard to be an All-American and to do it twice just validates how good he is and how hard he works,” DWU head coach Matt Sedivy said of DeVestern.

Along with DeVestern, the only other DWU wrestler to have consecutive All-American years was Justin Portenier in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Rios was the only Tiger to make the semifinals on the first day of competition. He fell in the semifinal in a 9-2 decision. Rios won his consolation semifinal match 7-4 to get into the third-place match, where he lost 2-0 in overtime to Great Falls’ Michael Ruis.

“I think he’s one of the best guys to come through Dakota Wesleyan,” Sedivy said of the Chino Hills, Calif., native. “He’s caught bad draws in the past at the national tournament and had some injuries, so it’s great to see him be able to have a good tournament.”

Rios finishes his senior season with a 22-6 record and ended his career sixth on the school’s all-time wins list with an 86-39 record.

DWU finished 12th as a team with 35 points, which ties the best finish for a Tiger program. DWU also finished 12th in 2001.

Mount Vernon native Kyle Gerlach (149), Dusty Paulsen (149), Ryan Roach (157) and Tyler Sarringar (184) all competed at the tournament but were knocked out of the draw Friday.

This was Sedivy’s final tournament with the Tigers as he put in his resignation with the program earlier this season.

“There’s missed opportunities I wish we could’ve had back but that happens at every tournament,” Sedivy said, adding being done with the program hasn’t set in yet. “I’m happy with it. I’ll miss this part of the job for sure.”

Grand View won the team race with 193 points, followed by Great Falls (84.5) and Montana State Northern (83.5). There were 38 teams represented at the championships.