Red Hawks Defeat Embry-Riddle on Senior Day
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s men’s wrestling team finished their final home match of the season with a 24-17 victory over No. 9 Embry-Riddle University of Arizona on Jan. 24.
The Saturday afternoon match started with flowers for moms and a special recognition of the two Red Hawk senior wrestlers who would be competing in their last home match at Simpson University: nationally ranked A.J. Valles from Selma, Calif., and Ty Young from Oxnard, Calif.
The wrestling action began with the 133 pound match. Freshman Fabian Aguilera got things off to a great start with an 18-3 technical fall over Chandler Strand of Embry-Riddle. That match was followed by senior team captain Valles at 141 pounds. Valles, who had his parents, four grandparents, and a brother in the stands watching, dominated nationally ranked (9th) Andrew Burr 13-0.
The next win for Simpson came at 157 pounds. Junior Richie Ortiz walked off the mat with a solid 12-6 win over Anton King. At 174 pounds, sophomore Matt Tsarnas battled to a 5-0 decision over Kolby Mays. After a forfeit win by Henry Campos at 197, red-shirt freshman Augie Alcantar defeated David Rupp 8-5.
Complete match results follow:
- 125 Sage Ornelas, 5 (ER) dec. Ty Young (SU) 9-0
- 133 Fabian Aguilera 15 (SU) TF over Chandler Strand (ER) 18-3
- 141 A.J. Valles 4 (SU) mjr. dec. Andrew Burr 9 (ER) 13-0
- 149 Robert Workman (ER) pinned Blaine Lindahl (SU) 1:26
- 157 Richie Ortiz 13 (SU) dec. Anton King 16 (ER) 12-6
- 165 Colin Merkley 8 (ER) dec. Dominic Merlo (SU) 9-1
- 174 Matt Tsarnas (SU) dec. Kolby Mays (ER) 5-0
- 184 Jose Cruz 5 (ER) dec. Marcus Zachary (SU) 11-4
- 197 Henry Campos (SU) won by forfeit
- 285 Augie Alcantar (SU) dec. David Rupp (ER) 8-5
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.