All-American Reinsma closes NCAA Championship with seventh place finish

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southwest Minnesota State’s Justin Reinsma went 1-1 on Saturday to earn seventh place at 133 pounds at the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Reinsma, who secured All-American honors following Friday’s opening round, lost 6-5 to Alphonso Vruno in the consolation third round on Saturday morning. The loss dropped Reinsma to the seventh place match on Saturday afternoon where he earned a 6-4 win over Perry McAree from Chadron State. It’s the second straight season Reinsma has took home seventh place.

SMSU MustangsReinsma finishes the season with 28-9 record.

Reinsma was one of four SMSU individuals competing at the championship with three of the four earning at least one victory during the two-day event.

Reinsma becomes just the second two-time NCAA All-American in program history, joining Link Steffen, who earned All-American honors in both 1997 and 1998.

Sixteen individuals qualified for each of the 10 weight classes, with the top eight in each class earning All-American honors.

On Friday, Reinsma dropped his first match at 133 lbs., falling 14-6 to Cameron Throckmorton from Shippensburg (Pa.), before rebounding with a 9-2 win over Lino Estrada from Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in the consolation first round. Reinsma then secured All-American honors in style by earning a victory by fall at 38 seconds over Zachary Hale from Anderson (S.C.) in the consolation second round.

Jacob Begin at 165 lbs., started the day with an 8-4 loss to Chris Watson from Central Oklahoma, before rebounding with a 6-2 victory over Keith Ryan from Pitt.-Johnston (Pa.) in the consolation first round. Begin’s season came to end in the consolation second round with a 6-4 loss to Justin Samora from Adam State. Begin closes the season with a record of 17-5.

Kyle Begin, at 174 lbs., was the only SMSU wrestler to win his opening match, earning a victory by fall at 4:46 over Ray Hall from CSU-Pueblo. Begin then lost a heartbreaker in the championship quarterfinal to Mike Williams from UNC-Pembroke 4-3 in triple overtime. Begin had his season come to an end in the consolation second round with an 11-3 loss to Kelly Henderson from Central Oklahoma and finishing the season with a record of 19-4.

Travis Peralta dropped his opening match at 184 to Travis McKillop from Pitt.-Johnston, 11-7, before losing by fall at 4:24 to Charles Mason from Notred Dame (Ohio) in the consolation first round. Peralta finishes the season with an overall record of 18-13.

Below is a recap of the results for each of the SMSU wrestlers during the championship

133 pounds
Justin Reinsma • lost 14-6 to Cameron Throckmorton (Shippensburg, Pa.)
Justin Reinsma • won 9-2 over Lino Estrada (Grand Canyon, Ariz.) in consolation first round
Justin Reinsma • won by fall at :38 over Zachary Hale (Anderson, S.C.) in consolation second round
Justin Reinsma • lost 6-5 to Alphonso Vruno (Minnesota State) in consolation third round
Justin Reinsma • won 6-4 over Perry McAfee (Chadron State) in seventh place match
Reinsma finishes 3-2

165 pounds
Jacob Begin • lost 8-4 to Chris Watson (Central Oklahoma)
Jacob Begin (16-4) • won 4-2 overa Keith Ryan (Pitt.-Johnstown, Pa.) in consolation first round
Jacob Begin (17-4) • lost 6-4 to Justin Samora (Adams State, Colo.) in consolation second round
Jacob Begin finishes 1-2

174 pounds
Kyle Begin • won by fall at 4:46 over Ray Hall (CSU-Pueblo)
Kyle Begin (19-2) • lost 4-3 3OT to Mike Williams (UNC-Pembroke) in championship quarterfinals
Kyle Begin (19-3) • lost 11-3 to Kelly Henderson (Central Oklahoma) in consolation second round.
Kyle Begin finishes 1-2.

184 pounds
Travis Peralta • lost 11-7 to Travis McKillop (Pitt.-Johnstown, Pa.)
Travis Peralta (18-13) • lost by fall at 4:24 to Charles Mason (Notre Dame, Ohio) in consolation first round
Peralta finishes 0-2

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