Four SOU grapplers earn All-American status

Four Southern Oregon University wrestlers have earned All-American status at the NAIA National Championships entering the final action today in Sioux City, Iowa.

In the consolation bracket, Trevor Lofstedt Jr. at 133 pounds, Barry Johnson at 141 and Marcus Moore at 285 wrestle this morning for berths in their respective third-place matches. If they lose their opening bouts today, they drop into the fifth-sixth-place matches.

The fourth Raider still in action, Jimmy Ulrey of North Medford, advanced to the seventh-eighth-place match at 165.

The top six in each weight are All-Americans. The next two are honorable mention All-Americans.

The Raiders are 11th place with 58 points. Each of this morning's matches are worth 3.5 points to the winners. Defending champion Lindenwood leads with 116 points.

"We'll see how things go tomorrow," said coach Mike Ritchey. "Maybe we can bring it into the top 10. There are still points to be had."

Ritchey's goal was to place in the top five. Last year, the Raiders were 11th. The year before, they were sixth.

"We fell a little short and just have to regroup," said the SOU coach. "We get quite a few guys coming back next year. I was a little disappointed coming into this round (third session), but it went well."

We had six guys going for All-American and won four of them."

Lofstedt opened the day by pinning Micah Sheffield of Briar Cliff in 5:27, then won a 7-5 decision over Justin Blumer of Oklahoma City. Lofstedt continued his winning ways in his next two matches with a 9-1 defeat of Chris Utesch of Morningside and finished the evening with a 5-4 victory over Mikeal Brooks of Cumberlands. He won the latter with a takedown, worth two points, with only two seconds left.

Johnson pinned Colt Heger of Montana State Northern in just :39, then downed Shad Rissler of King, 4-0. He then beat Jared Picket of Morningside, 11-9, and completed the day with a 15-2 win over Edgar Haynes of William Penn.

Moore was 2-1 on the day, losing 6-3 to Wade Jordan of Dana, then downing Stacey Mello of Jamestown, 3-2, and Brad Fraser of Great Falls, 6-2.

Ulrey will end up being a two-time All-American for the Raiders. He lost to Stanton Schlecht of Dickinson State, 6-3, but came back with a thrilling, 6-4 overtime victory over Micheal French of Great Falls. Ulrey was defeated in his final match of the evening, 13-7, by Javonte Ashford of King.

Two other Raiders &

Seth Roy at 149 and Chase Locke at 197 &

came within one win of becoming All-Americans.

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