Beamon, Vega, Lobsinger finish strong at NAIA Nationals
Simpson University Sports News
DES MOINES, Iowa. - Three Red Hawks were in action on Saturday, March 2, with all three having a chance to finish as high as third in the nation in each of their respective weight classes in the 56th annual NAIA Wrestling Championships.
Up first was Anthony Vega in the 141 weight class. His first match-up of the day was against Chris Hart, a sophomore from Wayland Baptist University. The match-up was very closely contested, with Vega able to secure the narrow 7-6 victory.
Vega then took on Wismit Moinius, a junior from Lindsey Wilson College. Moinius was in control from the beginning of this one and defeated Vega 6-2 on decision.
The loss would send Vega into his final match of the tournament against Jake Willams, a sophomore from Cumberland University. Vega was back to his winning ways defeating, Williams 5-3 on decision and securing fifth place in the 141 weight class.
Next in the 165 weight class was Brady Beamon, whose first match was against Zach Skates, a freshman from Oklahoma City University. Skates defeated Beamon 8-5 on decision, sending Beamon to a match-up against Derek Mestrovich, a junior from Southern Oregon University. Again it was Beamon on the losing end of a 3-1 scoreline. He finished the tournament in eighth place in the 165 weight class.
Last up for the Red Hawks was Austin Lobsinger in the 285 weight class. His first match-up was against Sears Tiernan, a senior from Great Falls University. Lobsinger avenged a loss that he suffered to Tiernan earlier this season by narrowly defeating him 4-3 on decision.
Next up for Lobsinger was a match-up against Cal Pac Conference foe Scott Brasil, a sophomore from Menlo College. Again it was a tightly contested match and again it was Lobsinger winning 2-1 on decision.
The win set up the third-place match between Lobsinger and Jose Lopez, a junior from Dickinson State University. Lopez was in control most of the match and was able to pin Lobsinger at 2:46. Lobsinger finished the tournament in fourth place in the 285 weight-class.
Grand View University won the team portion of the competition with a score of 159. Southern Oregon University closely followed in second place with a score of 153, and MSU-Northern finished in third place with a score of 104. The Red Hawks finished in 11th place with a score of 35.
Written by Dan Anderson
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