Joe Cozart defended his title at 157 pounds at the 2015 NAIA Wrestling National Championships to become just the second Blue Raider in program history to win back-to-back national titles. Cozart, who ranks No. 2 at 157 pounds, did so with an 8-2 decision win in the finals over third-ranked Dalton Urrutia of Southern Oregon. In the championship match, the first period came and went without any scoring as both wrestlers began feeling out their opponent. In the second period, Urrutia started in the down position and quickly escaped for the 1-0 lead. Cozart was able to get Urrutia in a headlock and then power his way to a takedown, nearly ending the match with a pin, but Urrutia was able to avoid it to keep the match going. But the damage had already been done as Cozart added two points for the takedown and a three-point near fall for the 5-1 lead. An escape made it 5-2, but Cozart was quickly all over Urrutia again after a textbook up and under pull through for another takedown to make it 7-2. In the third and final period, Cozart escaped and then kept Urrutia at bay the remainder of the match to cruise into his second national championship with the 8-2 victory. Earlier in the day, Cozart met top-ranked Dallas Houchins of Grand View (Iowa) in the national semifinals. The duo met in last season’s national championship match with Cozart winning with a decision. After each grappler managed an escape during their respective down periods, the match went into overtime tied 1-1. In the first sudden victory overtime period, Cozart was able to grab Houchins for a match-winning takedown and punch his ticket into the national championship match for the third-consecutive season. With the All-American status this season, Cozart becomes the first three-time All-American in program history. Michael Pixley also competed for a national title on Saturday night. He met Embry-Riddle’s (Ariz.) Jose Cruz III (No. 2 at 184) in the 184 final. Cruz and Pixley traded takedowns and escapes in the opening period as the match went to the second period tied 3-3. Pixley was able to grab Cruz’s leg and use a sweep kick to bring him to the mat for his takedown. Pixley did have to use a roll through to avoid a defensive fall by Cruz in the first period. Pixley started in the down position in the second period and quickly escaped to take a 4-3 lead. In the third period, Cruz elected to go neutral in an effort to prevent Pixley from accumulating more than a minute of ride time as he currently had around 40 seconds. The strategy worked as the shorter Cruz was able to use Pixley’s length to his own advantage, grabbing hold of Pixley’s long legs and pulling him in for a takedown and the 5-4 lead. Pixley escaped again to make it 5-5, but Cruz once again shot and secured Pixley’s legs and took him down with 40 seconds to go in the match. Cruz then just rode Pixley for the remainder of the match to hold on for the 7-5 win and hand the true freshman just his first collegiate loss. Pixley previously defeated Derek Siversten (No. 3 at 184) of Oklahoma City in the semifinals. He was able to secure a first period takedown, and after riding his opponent during the entire second period, added another takedown n the third period to help secure the 6-3 decision and advance to the championship final. Along with Cozart and Pixley, six other Blue Raiders earned NAIA All-American status by finishing in the top eight of their weight class. Jake Maupin (No. 6 at 197) took on Garrett DeMers (No. 2 at 197) of Montana State-Northern in the national semifinals and after falling behind early, Maupin was pinned in two minutes and six seconds to slip into the consolation bracket. He met up with Stephen Loosbrock (No. 10 at 197) of Benedictine (Kan.) in the consolation bracket. Maupin had defeated Loosbrock earlier in the tournament with a 5-3 decision, but this time Loosbrock had the upper hand with a 2-1 victory, sending Maupin to a fifth-place finish at 197 pounds. Keaton Thomas (No. 4 at 133) cruised into the consolation finals at 133 pounds with a pair of pins. He first took down Kodie Cole (No. 7 at 133) of Concordia (Neb.) in two minutes and 51 seconds, followed by Mitch Pawlak (No. 8 at 133) of Indiana Tech in just one minute and 37 seconds. In the consolation finals, he put forth a strong performance with a 9-2 decision win over Grand View’s Jacob Colon (No. 5 at 133) to wrap up third place. At 141 pounds, Daniel Leonard (No. 5 at 141) began his day with a 14-3 major decision over Garret Lambrecht (No. 13 at 141) of Morningside (Iowa), and followed with a tight 5-4 decision win over Concordia’s Andrew Schulte (No. 3 at 141) to move into the consolation finals. He met up with Scottie Bonds (No. 6 at 141) of William Penn (Iowa), who originally sent Leonard into the consolation bracket. Leonard battled hard, but Bonds eventually secured a last second pin at the 6:57 mark as Leonard finished in fourth place. James Flint (No. 11 at 125) won his opening match of the day in the 125 consolations by a 3-2 margin over Michael Andreano of Baker (Kan.), but due to an injury, Flint had to take a medical forfeit in his next two matches as he finished sixth. Isaac Thomas (No. 6 at 149) fell in his opening match on the day at 149 pounds in overtime to Dallas Brown (No. 11 at 149) of Life by a SV-2 4-2 margin. He bounced back with an 8-5 decision win over Victor Hughes of Bethany (Kan.) to take seventh place. It marks the second time in Thomas’ career he has earned All-American honors, previously garnering the honor as a freshman during the 2011-12 season. Chico Adams also fell in his opening match, losing to Toby Cheff of Montana State-Northern in a 5-0 decision. In the seventh-place match, Adams lost to James Jones of Midland (Neb.) 4-1 to finish eighth. As a team, Lindsey Wilson accumulated 104.5 total points to finish third in the team standings, the highest finish in program history. The eight NAIA All-Americans are also the most in program history. The Blue Raiders now have five individual national championships, two by Cozart, two by Jameel Bryant and one by former grappler Charlie Pingleton. In just six years as a program, Lindsey Wilson has accumulated 25 NAIA All-Americans. Grand View (Iowa) won its third-straight team national championship with 147.5 points, followed by Southern Oregon in second with 109.0 points.