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Jahsua Marsh Wins NAIA Wrestling National Championship; Warriors Finish Ninth

Jahsua Marsh Wins NAIA Wrestling National Championship; Warriors Finish Ninth

Mar 3rd , 2012

Des Moines, Iowa - Midland University's Jahsua Marsh was crowned NAIA National Champion of the 197-pound division on Saturday. Marsh defeated Grand View's Derek Nightser, 3-2, to earn the first individual wrestling national championship in Midland's history.

Marsh opened the tournament by winning by injury default over Bradlee Carls (York).Marsh continued to perform in day two, with a 17-2 technical fall in the quarterfinals over Cumberland's Courtney Freeman. In the semifinal match, Marsh defeated Campbellsville's Spencer Adams, 2-1. In the championship match for the 197-pound division, Marsh scored three points with a take-down and held on for a 3-2 victory.

"I have coached seven finalist and some great wrestlers, but Marsh separated himself with his accomplishments tonight," said Beau Vest, Midland University wrestling head coach. "He listened to us and did everything he needed to do to win. He competed in what I believe was the toughest bracket at this tournament and won. We will enjoy this tonight but need to get right back to work for next season."

Midland University finished ninth as a team at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships. Marsh was one of three Warriors to achieved All-American finishes in the tournament.

Midland's Levi Roberson and Matt Katusin also earned All-American finishes. Roberson earned seventh place in the heavyweight division, while Katusin placed eighth in the 133-pound class.

Roberson split in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships, beating Raymond Johnson (York), 5-1, and losing to Andrew Ewers (Shorter), 3-1. He climbed the back side of the bracket on day two, beating three opponents and picking up a fall in his third match. He lost in the final bout of day two, but his performance was good enough to put him in the medals round. In the seventh place All-American match, Roberson defeated Jacob Combs of Waldorf, 6-1.

Katusin went undefeated on the first day of competition, climbing all the way to the quarterfinal match. In the quarterfinal, Katusin was defeated by Campbellsville's Tim Thurston. He continued in the wrestleback bracket, beating Grandview's Travis Evans, 10-5. Katusin finished day two with a loss to Travis Barroquillo of Indiana Tech, but earned a place in the medals round. In the All-American bout, Katusin was defeated by Angel Garcia (Menlo), 4-1. The tournament performance landed Katusin an eighth-place medal.

Clayden McKim, Aspen Kmiec and Kody Kersten all finished one match-win short of the All-American round. After dropping the first match of the tournament, 7-5, McKim climbed in the wrestleback bracket, scoring three consecutive victories. However, McKim finished the tournament with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Sean Silvia of Embry-Riddle.

 After going 1-1 in day one, Kmiec pinned his next two opponents to put him within a win of the medal round. However, Kmiec was defeated in his next match, falling to Larone Madison of Cumberlands.

After splitting on day one, Kersten beat Teagan Franko of Oklahoma City by major decision. He picked up a fall in his second match of the day two, pinning Indiana Tech's Dustin Boyd in 1:32. Kersten also came up just short of the All-American round, losing to Morningside's Brian Block, 7-6.

The ninth place national finish caps the 2011-12 season for Midland University