Red Hawk wrestlers shine at nationals

Simpson University Sports News


DES MOINES, Iowa. - For three Red Hawk wrestlers the trip to Des Moines, Iowa, for the NAIA National Wrestling Championships was a tremendous success. Freshman Brady Beamon from Spring Valley, Calif., finished 4-3 and placed eighth in the 165 pound weight class. Freshman Austin Lobsinger from Happy Valley, Calif., went 5-2 and placed fourth at heavyweight. And junior captain Anthony Vega of Olivehurst, Calif., finished 4-2 and placed fifth at 141 pounds. The Red Hawk trio are the first wrestlers to earn All-American honors at the NAIA National level.

Following is a breakdown of their road to All American status - schools and scores of matches at nationals:

Anthony Vega 141 lbs. - 5th PLACE

  • Lost 3-5 Campbellsville University, Ky (returning finalist)
  • Won 2-1 Midland University, Neb
  • Won 7-1 Morningside College, Iowa
  • Won 7-6 Wayland Baptist University, Texas
  • Lost 2-6 Lindsey Wilson U., Ky
  • Won 5-3 Cumberland U., Tenn.

Brady Beamon 165 lbs. - 8th PLACE

  • Won 3-1 Hastings College, Neb.
  • Lost 6-17 Grandview University, Iowa (eventual champion)
  • Won 6-3 Life University, Ga.
  • Won 9-0 Dakota Wesleyan University, S.D.
  • Won by pin Grandview University, Iowa
  • Lost 5-8 Oklahoma City University, Okla.
  • Lost 1-3 Southern Oregon University, Ore.

Austin Lobsinger HWT - 4th PLACE

  • Lost 5-20 Grandview University, Iowa (2-time National Champion)
  • Won by pin Wayland Baptist University, Texas
  • Won by pin Morningside College, Iowa
  • Won by pin Missouri Baptist University, Mo.
  • Won 4-3 Great Falls University, Mont.
  • Won 2-1 Menlo College, Calif.
  • Lost by pin Dickinson State University, N.D.

As a team, the first year Red Hawk wrestlers finished in 11th place in the national tournament. There were 37 teams who qualified wrestlers to the tournament.


Written by Don Williams

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