Claremore Daily Progress

February 25, 2014

7 OCU wrestlers headed to nationals


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University qualified seven competitors for the NAIA wrestling championships with their performances Saturday in the NAIA Central Qualifying Group Tournament at the Burns Gymnasium.

The Stars' Zach Skates at 157 pounds and Derek Sivertsen at 174 took runner-up finishes. OCU's Ricky McCarty at 149, Cody Sivertsen at 184 and Teagan Franco at 197 each finished third, and Jared Bass was fourth at 174.

Adrian Gaines of OCU picked up a sixth-place finish at 125 and an at-large national tournament berth. The complete list of participants for the NAIA Championships on March 7-8 in Topeka, Kan., will be unveiled Feb. 27.

The 16th-ranked Stars scored 109 points to finish third in the team standings. Two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Grand View (Iowa) captured first, while third-ranked Missouri Valley was second.

Skates fell 3-1 in overtime in the 157-pound final to second-ranked Quinten Haynes of Grand View. Skates, the third-ranked 157-pounder, will return to the NAIA Championships after finishing fifth to be an all-American last year. Skates knocked off seventh-ranked Dallas Houchins of Grand View 6-4 to reach the championship. Skates went 3-1 on the day.

Derek Sivertsen dropped the 174-pound championship match 12-3 to second-ranked Jimmie Schuessler of Grand View. Sivertsen, a freshman from Moore, Okla., pinned Ishmael Rempson of William Penn (Iowa) in 6:20 to advance to the final. Sivertsen entered the tournament ranked seventh among NAIA 174-pounders.

McCarty won 5-0 over Victor Thomas of Wayland Baptist (Texas) in the 149-pound third-place match. McCarty, ranked 12th at 149, had two falls in the tournament. McCarty, a freshman from Lawton, Okla., edged Nick Haugen of Baker (Kan.) 3-2 to make the third-place bout.

Cody Sivertsen pinned Parker Owen of Baker to take third at 184. Sivertsen, a junior from Moore, Okla., reached the third-place match by beating Dan Capp of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 6-2. Sivertsen, ranked eighth at 184 in the NAIA, racked up three falls on the day en route to repeating as a national qualifier.

Franco upended 14th-rated A.J. Mott of Grand View with a fall in 5:54 in the third-place match at 197 pounds. Franco, a senior from Spanaway, Wash., advanced to the third-place match by pinning Carl Lawrence of Missouri Valley in 6:45. Franco is a returning all-American after finishing seventh in last year's national tournament.

Bass, a junior from Cushing, Okla., worked his way through the consolation bracket to fall 4-3 to Rempson in the 174-pound third-place match.

Gaines, a freshman from Lawton, Okla., lost to Alan Callahan of Baker 3-1 in the fifth-place match at 125 pounds.