TOPEKA, Kan. – Midland University placed three All-Americans at the 2017 NAIA Wrestling Championships, including a National Championship finish by Scottie Bonds. Bonds becomes just the second National Champion in program history.
Bonds entered the tournament as the #1 seed at 149 lbs., which marked a program first, and pinned Grand View’s Walker Marshall to claim the national title.
Grand View won its record sixth team National Championship. Midland placed seventh out of 46 teams in the championship field.
“I was really proud of our entire group of wrestlers,” said head coach Beau Vest. “Our guys competed all weekend.”
Bonds opened and closed his championship run with pinfalls. Following a first period fall in the opening round, Bonds picked up narrow decisions in each of his next two matches by scores of 2-0 and 1-0, respectively. A 7-4 decision then sent him to the championship bout. Bonds was leading for the duration of the title match and sealed his victory with a third period fall.
“Scottie provided some of the most exciting matches of the tournament,” Vest said. “His hard work and dedication paid off big this weekend and we are very proud of his efforts.”
Midland’s other All-American finishers each wrestled in the 133 lbs. bracket. David Berg finished in third place, one year removed from missing All-American status by one match as a freshman, and Isaiha Johnson placed seventh.
Hugo Perez, the 133 lbs. national runner-up last season, had his senior campaign come to an end in the fourth round of the consolation bracket. Fellow senior James Jones had his championship run end in the third round of the consolation bracket.
Paul Longshore picked up a decision victory to open the 157 lbs. bracket before falling in a pair of close matches to end his run. Cooper Self went 0-2 in the 165 lbs. bracket but was able to conclude his Warrior career wrestling in front of a hometown crowd in Topeka.
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