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Wrestling: Bradford and Reed win individual national titles

By Christopher Coombs

Des Moines, IA - Brett Bradford and Brandon Reed both won individual national titles as Bradford won at the 165-pound class and Reed took home the Heavyweight crown after they both finished a perfect 5-0 for the tournament. As a team, Lindsey Wilson wrestling posted a second-place finish at the 2019 NAIA Wrestling National Championships held at the Jacobson Exhibition Center on Saturday.


Bradford (No. 2 at 165) earned the first individual NAIA National Championship of the night after topping Ryan Niven (No. 5 at 165) of Grandview (Iowa) on a 6-5, come from behind victory in the finals.

Brett would fall behind Niven in the first period when he was taken down with a minute left but a quick reversal would level the score. Niven scored an escape point to lead after the first three minutes.

Bradford would start the second frame on top and managed to ride out nearly 1:30 of time off the clock before Niven was able to break free, doubling his lead to 4-2.

The senior from Byron, Minnesota would open the third period on bottom and managed to quickly escape from Niven's hold. Niven would increase his lead to 5-3 with just over a minute to wrestle but Bradford would battle back scoring a takedown with five seconds left in the match. He was then awarded an additional point for racking up over one minute of ride time to claim the 165-pound 2019 NAIA National Championship.

Bradford opened his day in the championship bracket semifinals where he defeated Andrew Bartel (No. 6 at 165) of MSU-Northern on a 5-2 decision.

Reed (No. 1 at HW) picked up the Blue Raiders second Individual National Championship of the day when he was able to defeat Korey Walker (No. 3 at HW) of Oklahoma City.

Reed scored two points halfway through the first frame but was unable to secure Walker as he quickly escaped, to cut Reed's advantage to one. Reed would hold on to this advantage after three minutes.

Reed opened the second period on bottom and managed to break free early. Leading 3-1 Reed and Walker would challenge each other in a neutral position but neither could score any points.

Walker earned an early escape to cut Reed's lead to 3-2 but Reed would manage to ward off Walker's effort for the rest of the match. The sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky would score a two-point takedown in the waning seconds of the match to claim the heavyweight class 2019 NAIA National Championship on a 5-2 decision.

Reed defeated Jesse Gomez (No. 5 at HW) of Missouri Valley in the semifinals in dominating fashion with a 15-0 technical fall. For the tournament, Reed defeated his five opponents by a 63-12 margin that included two technical falls, two decisions and one major decision.

Bradford and Reed both earned All-American honors for their efforts. The honor is Reed second of his career after also earning the status last season. Both of their accomplishments mark the eight time in program history a Lindsey Wilson wrestler has won an individual national championship.

Grand View (Iowa) won the team title after finishing the event with 219 total points. The win marks the eighth straight year the Vikings have won the championship. Mid-South Conference member Life (Ga.) took third at the tournament after scoring 82.5 team points.

Reeds win in the final match of the championship secured second place in the team standings for the Blue Raiders as they were able to jump past Life.

LWC sent five competitors in total to the podium on Saturday. Latrell Davis (No. 6 at 149) and Mark Taijeron placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes to earn their first NAIA All-American distinctions, while Brady Moser (No. 8 at 133) also place in the top eight and earns his second career All-American honors after receiving the honor last season.

Moser opened Saturday's action with a 5-1 decision victory over Mid-South Conference foe Jacob Seto of Cumberlands (Ky.) but would then fall to the fifth place title bout when he lost to No. 3 Gresh Jones of Dickinson State on an 8-1 decision. He would then fall to No. 10 Dearion Stokes of Briar Cliff to take sixth-place overall for the championship in the 133-pound weight class on a 13-5 major decision.

Davis opened his day with an 8-5 decision victory over No. 9 Shonn Roberts of Providence but would fall to the seventh-place match when he lost to No. 4 Terrill Sidner of Menlo on a tight 6-5 decision. He then closed out the competition in style with a 15-4 major decision over No. 8 Robert Humphry of Indiana Tech. The win gave him a seventh-place podium finish for the championship.

Taijeron managed a pinfall over No. 10 Tanner stone of Dickinson State, accomplishing the feat in just 3:24. He would then fall in back-to-back matches to take eighth place for the championship in the 157-pound weight class. He first fell to No. 11 Justin George of Reinhardt on a close 6-5 decision before falling to No. 9 Casey Dobson on a 5-1 decision.

The five Blue Raider All-Americans brings Lindsey Wilson's total to 41 in ten seasons as a program. The runner-up team finish matches a program best as the Blue Raider also finished the 2017 season in second place at the championship.


This story was posted on 2019-03-03 06:40:31
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