SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff edged Midland University on Wednesday night in a battle of two wrestling programs ranked in the NAIA top 20.

The 19th-ranked Chargers edged the 20th-ranked Warriors 25-9 at the Newman Flanagan Center. The loss drops Midland to 2-1 in Great Plains Athletic Conference duals while Briar Cliff is 1-1.

The dual began at 165 pounds. Zach Davis of the Chargers edged Stphon Gray of the Warriors 11-10 in overtime.

Briar Cliff also won the next two matches in overtime.

At 174, Chris Paulsen earned a 9-7 decision over Cooper Self. At 184, Nathaniel Garcia of Briar Cliff edged Gage Hartline, a senior from Fort Calhoun, 5-3.

The Warriors won three matches on the night.

Adam Ball, a senior from Manistee, Michigan, provided the Warriors their first points of the dual when he earned a 7-3 decision over Jeremiah Glise.

Brandon Johnson, a freshman from Lake Stevens, Washington, followed Ball with an 8-2 decision over Scott Dollison at 285.

Midland’s final victory of the night came at 157. Paul Longshore, a senior from Alexandria, Kentucky, defeated Brandon Meyer 8-3.

Briar Cliff earned a pair of major decisions at 125 and 133. At 125, Isiah Lysius defeated Devontae Williams 13-2 while at 133 Michael Andreano beat Rafael Vargas 11-2.

The Chargers also got a technical fall by Nathan Ryan over Michael Robles (16-1 at 141) and a 7-6 decision by Zach Funderburk over Dominque Evans at 149.

The Warriors will be in Crete Saturday for the Doane Open before taking a short holiday break. Midland’s first event after the end of the term will be the Viking-Warrior Open on Dec. 30.

Briar Cliff will also compete in the Doane Open. Competition begins at 9 a.m.

Grand View (Iowa) tops the NAIA poll that was released on Wednesday. The Vikings are followed by Missouri Valley and Indiana Tech. Menlo (California) and Life (Georgia) complete the top five.

Concordia is third team from the GPAC to crack the top 20. The Bulldogs, who were 20th in the first poll this season, have moved up to No. 17. League schools Northwestern, Hastings, Morningside and Doane also received votes.


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