Keith Klink, Charlie Pingleton, James Haywood and Ian Stephens all still in the championship hunt
DES MOINES, Iowa -- With 23 team points after the first full day of wrestling on Thursday, Lindsey Wilson College is in 10th place at the NAIA National Championships at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Four wrestlers, including Keith Klink (133), Charlie Pingleton (157), James Haywood (174) and Ian Stephens (174) are all still alive in the championship bracket, while seven Blue Raiders will continue to battle in wrestle backs.
Grand View (Iowa) is in front of the pack after day one with 45 points, Southern Oregon is second with 38.5 points and Great Falls (Mont.) is third with 36.5.
Among Mid-South Conference schools, Campbellsville (Ky.) leads the way with 29.5 points, Lindsey Wilson is second and Cumberlands (Ky.) is 14th overall with 18 points. Cumberland (Tenn.) is tied for 25th place with eight points.
Klink started his day with a 14-4 major decision over Midland's Jared Wilmert before posting a 9-3 decision against Grand View's Travis Evans to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.
Pingleton opened nationals in style with a pin in four minutes and 53 seconds of Willam Penn's Ishmael Rempson. In the next round, Pingleton worked a 5-1 decision out of Bethany's Colby Crank.
Haywood started his nationals run against Grand View's Cody Swim who he beat 6-3, before posting a 9-4 win against Jose Alvarez of Wayland Baptist.
Lindsey Wilson's final championship contender, Ian Stephens, opened nationals pinning York's Jacob McCoy in 4:29, followed by an 11-6 decision against Max Payne from Montana State-Northern.
Wrestling starts back up at 10 a.m. CT in Des Moines, Iowa with the championship quarterfinals and fourth and fifth rounds of consolation. The championship semifinals and consolation sixth round and quarterfinals resume at 6 p.m.