The Pratt Community College wrestling team finished their season with a trip to Nationals in Des Moines IA that resulted in a final ranking of #21 for the Beavers. This marked the second consecutive season in which PCC finished in the top 25 in the NJCAA, both of which have come under the tutelage of 2nd year head coach Ken Kepley.
Landon “Tug” Keiswetter, Norton KS sophomore, led the Beavers at Nationals by winning the national championship at #184, and being named All-American in the process.
The national title culminated an outstanding career amassed by Keiswetter in his 2-year stint at PCC. His freshman year, Keiswetter went 32-15 with only 4 of those losses coming in the NJCAA. He was named to the second team all-region, and was an all-American by virtue of his 5th place finish at the 2012 NJCAA Nationals.
As team captain his sophomore year, Keiswetter only improved upon those improved those numbers. He went 38-10 with no losses to NJCAA opponents. He was named 1st team all-region, winning the regional hosted at Pratt this year. And, of course, he went undefeated at nationals, claiming the #184 championship belt.
For his career, Keiswetter went 75-25 at PCC, and holds the school record for most career wins. He is Pratt’s second two-time All-American, following in the footsteps of Bob Larson, 1970-71. He is also the first Beaver to win a national championship. (Local Daniel Prater was also a recent NJCAA champ, but was wrestling for Colby Community College at the time.)
Keiswetter also got it done in the classroom, making the Dean’s List his first 3 semesters at PCC. In the current spring semester, he is on track for another 4.0. He was named an Academic All-American in 2011-2012.
Five other Beaver grapplers qualified for Nationals:
#141 – Luke Dutch – Record 20-14 – Went 1-2 at Nationals
#149 – Korey Pfannensteil – Record 11-17 – Went 1-2 at Nationals
#165 – Sheldon Graves – Record 16-17 – Went 1-2 at Nationals
#197 – Taylor Baird – Record 24-11 – Went 1-2 at Nationals
#285 – Kasey Crump – 9-9 – Went 0-2 at Nationals
The entire PCC wrestling squad sported a cumulative 3.03 GPA, attesting to their prowess with the books as well as on the mat.