Vikings Defend Keen National Duals Title
It went down to the wire for the top-rated Grand View wrestling team, looking to defend its Cliff Keen National Duals title, Sunday in Springfield, Ill.
After handily defeating No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) 32-4 by winning nine of ten match-ups in the semifinals, the Vikings matched up against No. 2 Southern Oregon in the championship dual. GV also met Southern Oregon in last year's finals with the Vikings edging the Raiders 19-18.
Grand View was down 18-11 in the championship round before senior Derek Nightser (Council Bluffs, Iowa) picked up three team points with a 4-3 decision over Charles Johnson at 197. Junior heavyweight Eric Thompson (Shell Rock, Iowa) was left to score either a technical fall or a pin to give the Vikings the win. Thompson came through in a match that was highly contested, with a fall over Bubba Owens in 3:12 to secure the win by a score of 20-18.
Highlight video of Thompson's win (courtesy of GV's Todd Bailey).
The Vikings, undefeated in dual action this season, go back to business as usual on Monday as they continue to prepare to defend their NAIA Championship title. Grand View again hosts the NAIA National Championships March 1-2 at the Jacobson Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.