Wrestlers at Nationals
By Daisy Brenegan
On February 22, three members of the Simpson Men’s wrestling team qualified for NAIA Nationals -- Bryce De Camargo, Armand Molina and Jake Gonsalves.
According to Simpson Athletics News, Armand Molina won Simpson's first-ever Cascade Conference title on Saturday, capturing the 141-pound championship with a 3-1 victory and earning a berth into the NAIA National Championships.
“It felt great to be the first ever. It was such a great honor to win it especially since it’s my last year competing for the school. I was happy that the coaches finally had a first champion since they’ve been working so hard to have a champion at the tournament,” said Molina.
Bryce De Camargo also made a run at the championship match at 184 pounds before running into defending national champion, Menlo's Anthony Orozco, losing 7-4. His second place finish also earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships.
Jake Gonsalves fell in the semifinals at 197, but worked his way back to a fourth place finish and an entry into the national championships.
Besides three wrestlers earning the chance to compete in nationals, two of Simpson’s wrestlers also received awards.
Chris Lacayo was awarded character of the year and Silas Lagroue was awarded academic all American.
Chris Lacayo stated, “I am so grateful to receive this award and I am grateful I get to be part of such an awesome team and represent my school.”
Overall Simpson took 8th in regionals. For more details on this tournament go to simpsonredhawks.com.