Reinsma wrestles his way to 7th at NCAA Championships

Southwest Minnesota State sent four individuals to the 2013 NCAA Division II wrestling championships in Birmingham, Ala., but only Justin Reinsma advanced into competition on Saturday.

Having already secured All-American honors after Friday’s opening round, Reinsma was looking to improve upon his seventh-place finish from a year ago.

First up was Minnesota State-Mankato 133-pounder Alphonso Vruno.

Vruno edged out Reinsma with a 6-5 decision in Saturday morning’s consolation third round, sending the Slayton native back to the seventh-place match.

Reinsma rebounded with a 6-4 decision over Chadron State’s (Neb.) Perry McAfee to claim his second consecutive seventh-place finish in the nation.

His top-eight finish and All-American honor were also his second-consecutive, making Reinsma just the second Mustang grappler to be a two-time All-American. Link Steffen was an All-American for SMSU in both 1997 and 1998.

Reinsma finished the season with a 28-9 record.

Jacob and Kyle Begin each finished 1-2 at nationals for the Mustangs, while 184-pounder Travis Peralta went 0-2 in Birmingham.

NCAA Division II Championships

SMSU Individual Results

133 pounds

Cameron Throckmorton (Shippensburg, Pa.) major dec. Justin Reinsma (SMSU), 14-6

Reinsma dec. Lino Estrada (Grand Canyon, Ariz.), 9-2 in consolation first round

Reinsma pinned Zachary Hale (Anderson, S.C.), 0:38 in consolation second round

Alphonso Vruno (Minnesota State-Mankato) dec. Reinsma, 6-5 in consolation third round

Reinsma dec. Perry McAfee (Chadron State, Neb.), 6-4 in seventh place match

Justin Reinsma finishes 3-2

165 pounds

Chris Watson (Central Oklahoma) dec. Jacob Begin (SMSU), 8-4

Begin dec. Keith Ryan (Pitt-Johnstown, Pa.), 4-2 in consolation first round

Justin Samora (Adams State, Colo.) dec. Begin, 6-4 in consolation second round

Jacob Begin finishes 1-2

174 pounds

Kyle Begin (SMSU) pinned Ray Hall (CSU-Pueblo), 4:46

Mike Williams (UNC-Pembroke) 3OT dec. Begin, 4-3 in championship quarterfinals

Kelly Henderson (Central Oklahoma) major dec. Begin, 11-3 in consolation second round

Kyle Begin finishes 102

184 pounds

Travis McKillop (Pitt.-Johnstown, Pa.) dec. Travis Peralta (SMSU), 11-7

Charles Mason (Notre Dame, Ohio) pinned Peralta, 4:24 in consolation first round

Travis Peralta finishes 0-2