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Nebraska mat alum McCrystal joins Morningside as assistant coach

Colton McCrystal gets in on a shot against Justin Oliver at the CKLV Invitational (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

Morningside College just landed an impressive candidate to join its wrestling coaching staff.

Head coach Jake Stevenson announced Monday that Colton McCrystal -- a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln who was a two-time NCAA Division I national qualifier and 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist -- will be joining the Mustangs coaching staff.

"This is tremendous news (for our program)," Stevenson said. "To have an individual like Colton (on staff) who is passionate for the sport and has had so much success in competition at the highest levels will help us attract even more of the young men we are wanting to become Mustangs."

"I'd like to thank (Coach) Stevenson and the Morningside community for allowing this opportunity," McCrystal said. "Being a native of Sergeant Bluff, it'll be awesome to be close to family and friends and also to help guide a program which is among the best in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics."

"This is tremendous news (for our program)," Stevenson said. "To have an individual like Colton (on staff) who is passionate for the sport and has had so much success in competition at the highest levels will help us attract even more of the young men we are wanting to become Mustangs."

McCrystal is among the legends of Iowa High School Athletic Association wrestling. As a student-athlete member of the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors, he tallied a remarkable 193-8 all-time record during which he was a two-time Iowa state champion and four-time top two place-winner.

McCrystal also forged impressive credentials off the mat, as he was a two-time Nebraska-Lincoln Scholar-Athlete honor roll recipient and was named to the athletic department's Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Morningside College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Sioux City, Iowa. Founded in 1894 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Morningside has approximately 2,000 students. The men's wrestling program -- the Mustangs -- is affiliated with the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

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