DES MOINES, IOWA — Smithville grad Dalton Tipton ended his college wrestling career in style on March 2.
Tipton ended his wrestling career at Missouri Valley College with an eighth-place finish at 174 pounds at the 2019 NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.
No. 12 Tipton opened the tournament with a bye.
He then lost to No. 5 Lawton Benna, Grand View (Iowa) University, in a 4-2 decision in the second round.
He dominated the next three rounds.
In the consolation second round, he defeated Jack Servies, Marian (Indiana) University, in a first-period (1:26) pin.
His match in the consolation third round ended with a 16-0 technical fall over Sterling Griffin, Midway (Kentucky) University.
Tipton then capped his three-match run with a second-period (4:08) pin of No. 7 Mahlic Sallah of Campbellsville (Kentucky) University in the consolation fourth round.
This would be Tipton’s final collegiate victory as he dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 3 Michael Carew of Reinhardt (Georgia) University in the consolation fifth round before dropping an 8-3 decision to No. 4 Nathan Walton of Cumberland (Tennessee) University in the seventh-place match.
Tipton finished with a record of 20-7 on the season. Tipton finished as an All-American and eighth in the 174-pound weight class.
He reached All-American status for the first time in his career.
The Vikings finished No. 13 in the team standings, with a total of 35 points. Missouri Valley finished tied in the standings with Midland (Nebraska) University. Missouri Valley has finished in the top 15 at the National championships in each of the past 26 years.
The team finished its 2018-19 season with two All-Americans at the NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships.
The Vikings came in at No. 13 in the final edition of this season’s NAIA Men’s Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll.
Missouri Valley fell six spots to the No. 13 ranking, and are tied in the final poll with Midland (Nebraska) University.
Senior Jesse Gomez, Fullerton, California, was the other All-American for Missouri Valley as he placed third at 285 pounds.
Gomez finished his career as a two-time All-American for the Viking mens wrestling team.
Two other teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference finished the season nationally ranked.
Grand View (Iowa) University won the National championship and finish the season ranked No. 1, while Baker (Kansas) University is ranked No. 9.