Grand View Wrestling 2012 National Champs!
In just the program's fourth year, Viking Head Coach Nick Mitchell was able to make good on his promise to his first graduating class - a national title. Tonight on its home turf in Des Moines and in front of several hundred fans, the Grand View University wrestling team brought home the school's first-ever national team title.
The Vikings finished with 172 points, 31 points ahead of runner-up Southern Oregon (141 pts.). Campbellsville (Ky.) was third with 121.5, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) fourth with 86.5, and Oklahoma City rounded out the top five with 94 points.
Of the four Vikings wrestling in the finals tonight, Grand View crowned two champions to bring the number of the program's individual titles to four.
Senior Omi Acosta (Homestead, Florida) capped off his career with a 7-3 decision over Keith Klink of Lindsey Wilson. Click here for video of Acosta winning the national title.
Sophomore Eric Thompson (Shell Rock, Iowa) finished the season undefeated with a fall in 1:57 over Baker's Brandon Gebhardt.
Brad Lower was runner-up at 165, dropping a 4-0 decision to Kevin hardy of Oklahoma City. Derek Nightser was also runner-up at 197, edged out 3-2 by Midland's Jahsua Marsh.
In Saturday's morning session on the consolation side, the Vikings produced five All-Americans. Gustavo Martinezz placed fifth at 141, TJ Moen was third at 149, Chad Lowman third at 157, Ty Knowler fourth at 174, and Jimmie Schuessler was seventh at 174.
At the end of the awards ceremony, Thompson was recognized as the NAIA National Wrestler of the Year. Head Coach Nick Mitchell was voted as the NAIA Coach of the Year. In addition to the national title, this season under Mitchell's leadership, the Vikings went undefeated in the dual season, won the Cliff Keen National Duals and the Central National Qualifier.
Check out this video of the team celebrating its title.
Join us Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Wellness Center Sisam Arena to celebrate the Viking victory with a rally for our first-ever national team title!