SMSU sends four wrestlers to NCAA DII National Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Southwest Minnesota State qualified four wrestlers for the 2013 NCAA DII National Championship Tournament following top four places from Justin Reinsma (133), Jacob Begin (165), Kyle Begin (174) and Travis Peralta (184) at the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament. Travis Peralta placed fifth at the regional tournament but was named a medical replacement at 184 pound following an injury suffered by Sean Derry (Augustana).

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NCAA SUPER REGION 3 RECAP
Kyle Begin, the No. 4 seed and true freshman, captured the 174 crown at the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 27, by posting a 4-0 record, recording 19 points off two wins by fall and two decisions. Begin, who came into the regional with a 14-2 record, started off his championship run with two pins, first over Anthony Navarro (Northern State) at the 2:57 mark in the opening round, followed by his second over the No. 5 seeded Nick Burghardt (Maryville) at the 3:46 mark in the quarterfinal round. Begin then punched his ticket to the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament in the semifinal round with a 7-3 decision over UW-Parkside’s Josh Anthony. With the win over Anthony, Begin moved into the finals where he would wrestle No. 2 seed Blake Sorensen of Upper Iowa to determine the champion at 174 pounds. Begin would avenge his loss that he suffered to Sorensen earlier this season (dec. 9-4) with an 8-2 decision to claim the Super Regional 3 title. Begin, who began the season at 157 pounds, will take his regional title and 18-2 overall record and put it all on the line at the NCAA National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., March 8-9.

Collectively, the Mustangs finished eighth in the team standings with 55 points. SMSU had a first, second, fourth and fifth place finisher at the super regional tournament, while qualifying three wrestlers for the NCAA National Tournament. Justin Reinsma (133) and Jacob Begin (165) were the other Mustangs two qualify for nationals, Travis Peralta (184) finished in fifth place, just shy of the automatic qualifier but was later named a medical replacement following an injury suffered by fourth place finisher, Sean Derry (Augustana).

LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore wrestler Justin Reinsma, a native of Slayton, Minn., became the eighth Mustang to earn All-American honors at the NCAA Division II level and the first since 2006. Reinsma finished with a 3-2 record at 133 pounds to earn seventh place at the NCAA II Championships on March 9-10 in Pueblo, Colo.

A 2009 graduate of Murray County Central High School, Reinsma opened the championships with a 6-0 loss to Ryan Fillingham of Adams State (Colo.). Reinsma then bounced back and picked up a win by fall at 2:28 over Stephen Pastor of Tiffin (Ohio) and then defeated Dustin Reed of Central Oklahoma 6-3 to earn All-American status.

Reinsma then lost a close 4-3 match to Michael Magaha of Limestone College (N.C.), before closing the championship with a 6-2 victory over Adli Edwards of Ashland (Ohio) to earn seventh place. Reinsma finished the season with a 23-15 record and has a total of 51 victories the past two seasons.

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