Hartnett to wrestle collegiately at Morningside

Webster City senior 138-pound wrestler Carson Hartnett gets set in the down position during the semifinal round of Saturday’s DCG Mustang Invite in Grimes. Hartnett signed to wrestle collegiately at Morningside College in Sioux City last week. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Carson Hartnett is a wrestler, it’s his passion and it’s what he wants to continue to do at the next level. And now he’ll get that chance.

The Wester City senior signed his letter of intent with Morningside College in Sioux City last week, the first step in what he hopes will be a memorable journey.

“I’m just pretty excited about it,” Hartnett said. “It’s nice going in the complete opposite direction than maybe other people would be going and I’m going to get to do what I want to do.”

Joining Hartnett for the signing were his parents, Todd and Lori Hartnett, his younger sister, Kali, as well as his current head wrestling coach at Webster City, Chad Hisler, and his future head coach at Morningside, Jake Stevenson.

Hartnett has been a staple in the Lynx lineup since his freshman season and has compiled a career record of 88-45. He’s one of five WCHS grapplers that has the chance to reach 100 career victories this season.

Webster City senior Carson Hartnett (front, center) signs his letter of intent to wrestle at Morningside College last week. Joining him for the signing were his parents Lori and Todd Hartnett and younger sister Kali (front row), as well as (back row) Morningside head wrestling coach Jake Stevenson and Webster City head wrestling coach Chad Hisler. DFJ photo/Anne Blankenship

Hartnett had a breakout season a winter ago when he captured the North Central Conference 132-pound title and later Class 2A sectional and district crowns that pushed him into the state tournament field for the first time.

Ranked fifth at 138 pounds by iawrestle.com this season, Hartnett is currently 4-1 leading into Thursday night’s quadrangular in Grimes against Ballard, Indianola and Dallas Center-Grimes.

An NAIA program, Morningside competes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Mustangs have won a pair of conference championships and finished in the runner-up slot three times in Stevenson’s first five years at the helm.

Stevenson is one of the most decorated wrestlers in Morningside College history. He was a four-time NAIA All-American and captured the school’s first individual national title at 184 pounds in 2007.

Hartnett says he’s looking forward to joining Stevenson’s program in 2018.

“I’ll hopefully reach higher standards there and reach a bigger goal,” he said. “I’m not going to be complacent.”