Simpson University wrestling season preview

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - The new Simpson University wrestling team has launched onto the collegiate scene in the last two weeks and will host their first home match Thursday, November 15, against NAIA rival Great Falls University from Montana. The match will be held at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Student Life Center on Simpson's campus.

After the recruiting dust settled this summer, the first-year Simpson wrestling team had reached their goal and established an initial roster of 20. Since then, two athletes are no longer active. The following is a look at the new Red Hawk grappler:

  • 125 - Mason Sauseda, freshman, Chico, Calif, four-time North Section medalist, NSCIF Champion, and three-time CIF State qualifier. (Due to injury will red shirt this season)
  • 125 - Hayden Zimmerman, freshman, Lancaster, Calif., second at CIF Divisional and a Southern Section qualifier.
  • 133 - Efren Rodriguez, sophomore, Sac City College, Chico High School, two-time North Section Champion, two-time CIF State qualifier.
  • 133 - Blaine Shaw Lindahl, freshman, Oroville, Calif., Paradise high school, four-time North Section medalist, two-time CIF State qualifier. (Will red shirt this season)
  • 133 - Chan Chao, red shirt freshman, Visalia, Calif., CIF Central Section qualifier.
  • 141 - Anthony Vega, junior, Olivehurst, Calif., Sac City College, two-time CIF State qualifier (top 10 2010), fifth California Community College State Championships.
  • 141 - Marco Fratantoni, red shirt junior, Huntington Beach, Calif., Cerritos College, CIF Southern Section qualifier, Fargo National qualifier.
  • 149 - Jorge Munoz, red shirt freshman, Los Banos, Calif., York College, Nebraska, CIF Central Section medalist, state qualifier.
  • 149 - Spencer Larsen, freshman, Cottonwood, Calif., Anderson high school, two-time CIF Division champion, three-time North Section medalist. (Will red shirt this season)
  • 157 - Richard Ortiz, freshman, Pacoima, Calif., CIF Southern Section medalist, CIF State qualifier.
  • 165 - Brady Beamon, freshman, Spring Valley, Calif., two-time San Diego Section Champion, eighth at CIF State Championships 2012.
  • 174 - Matthew Tsarnas, freshman, Healdsburg, Calif., three-time North Coast Section medalist, two-time state qualifier, sixth at CIF State 2012.
  • 184 - Christian White, red shirt junior, Sparks, Nev., Lassen College, Nevada State Regional Champion, California Community College eighth place.
  • 197 - Daniel Moor, freshman, Corona, Calif., CIF Southern Section qualifier.
  • Hwt. Austin Lobsinger, freshman, Anderson, Calif., West Valley High School, two-time North Section Champion, two-time CIF State runner-up.
  • 141 - Chris Peterson, sophomore, Magalia, Calif., walk-on
  • 149 - Kevan Corella, sophomore, Santa Margarita, Calif., walk-on
  • 165 - Jesse Tyler, junior, Anderson, Calif., walk-on

Due to some NAIA eligibility delays, Simpson was forced to open the season with three open weights as they traveled to the Bay Area. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Red Hawks traveled to Atherton, Calif., to compete against Stanford University, Cal Baptist University, and Menlo College. They opened their first season with a 50-6 loss to Division I giant Stanford University. Of the seven weights wrestled, Simpson managed only one victory, though three other matches were very close. Matthew Tsarnas (184) cradled Cardinal’s Tony Kimbal and took him to his back for a first round pin.

Simpson picked up two wins over Cal Baptist in a 48-6 loss. Cal Baptist later defeated Stanford. Brady Beamon decisioned Ken Tribble 8-3, while Tsarnas added another win to his record with an 8-5 decision over Paul Hend.

In a third and final match on the day, Simpson lost to host Menlo College 34-12. This was much closer than the score indicates. The Red Hawks won three of the seven matches wrestled. Beamon earned a second round pin over Brandon Hoffman. Tsarnas picked up his third win on the day with an 8-4 decision over Erik Parsons. Heavyweight Austin Lobsinger picked up his first college win with a 5-3 decision over Justin Harrison.

“It was difficult to see us give up three forfeits every match, but this young team showed a lot of heart,” said head coach Don Williams. “I look forward to meeting Menlo again at Simpson in January. I believe it will be a very close match.”

On Sunday, Nov. 4, Simpson competed in the San Francisco State University 21 and Under Tournament. Matthew Tsarnas, wrestling 174 lbs., finished fourth. Also placing fourth was freshman Daniel Moor (197). Brady Beamon (174) injured his shoulder and was forced to default to sixth. Austin Lobsinger also finished in the top six.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Red Hawk grapplers traveled to Fresno for the Roadrunner Open hosted by Bakersfield State University. Loaded with NCAA Division I teams, this tournament was an eye-opener for the young Simpson team. However, heavyweight Austin Lobsinger battled several older opponents and finished the day with a 4-2 record and a top six finish. Five of his six matches were against Division I schools. Lobsinger defeated Alex Enarnacion of Cal State Bakersfield (10-0), Steve Aramble of Sac City (pin), Danny Miller of Navy (10-6), and John Wright of Drexel (6-4). His only losses came to runner-up Dan Scheer of Stanford (3-2) and third place finisher Atticus Disney of Cal Poly (11-4).

Other Red Hawks picking up wins on the day included Blaine Lindahl (141), Richard Ortiz (157), Marco Fratantoni (149), and Matthew Tsarnas (174).

Catch the new Simpson Red Hawks wrestlers in action this Thursday, November 15th, 7 p.m.., in the Heritage Student Life Center on Simpson's campus.


Written by Don Williams

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