Simpson competes in the Oregon Open
Simpson University Sports News
CLACKAMAS, Ore. - The Simpson University men’s wrestling team had a very strong performance on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Oregon Open. Six Red Hawk grapplers placed in their weight classes, which averaged 20 wrestlers in each bracket.
The top performance for Simpson came from junior Anthony Vega from Olivehurst, Calif. Competing in the 141 pound weight class, Vega won four straight matches, including two by pin, to make it to the championship finals. In the championship, he dropped an 8-4 decision to Joe Delgado from NCAA Division I Oregon State to finish in second place.
Matthew Tsarnas, a freshman from Healdsburg, Calif., began the tournament with an overtime victory over Victor Periera of Menlo, who was a two-time California State finalist in high school. After losing a close second round match, Tsarnas went on to win four straight matches and was able to avenge his only loss with a 7-5 win over Cole Schwartz of Highline College in Washington. He finished the tournament in third place.
Also placing third was Red Hawk heavyweight Austin Lobsinger of Happy Valley, Calif. Lobsinger finished 5-1 on the day and ended with an impressive throw to a pin over Mick Dougherty of Oregon State in his final match. Lobsinger had three pins on the day.
In the 149 pound weight class, junior Marco Fratantoni, Jr., of Huntington Beach, Calif., won his first two matches to make it to the semi-finals. After losing a hard fought 10-6 match with eventual champion Jeremy Golding of Northern Idaho, Marco was forced to pull out of the tournament with an aggravated shoulder injury and settle for sixth place.
Also placing for Simpson were Hayden Zimmerman,125, of Lancaster, Calif., and Chan Chao, 133, of Visalia, Calif. Zimmerman won two straight matches before losing in the semi-finals and finishing sixth. Chao lost his first match but came back with three wins, including a 13-10 win over Jake Crawford of Western Washington University, to win the fifth place match. Lobsinger, Chao, and Zimmerman are also only freshmen.
The Simpson wrestlers will travel to San Francisco State on Sunday, Jan. 27 for matches against two NCAA Division II opponents: S.F. State and Grand Canyon University. Catch the Red Hawks at home on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. against the No. 2 Southern Oregon University Raiders.
Written by Don Williams
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