Forfeits hurt SOU in defeat

The 11th-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team had to forfeit three matches and fell to Simon Fraser 28-16 on Thursday in Burnaby, B.C.

The Raiders fell to 8-5 on the season and will compete in the Boxer Open this weekend.

Back-to-back wins by Jared Dalgleish (133 pounds) and Kyle Wirkuty (141) gave the Raiders an early 9-4 advantage.

After having to forfeit at 149, the Raiders came back to score a decision by Justin Mills (157) and a major decision by freshman Tucker Van Matre (165) for a 16-10 lead with four matches remaining.

125 — Skylor Davis (SFU) major dec. Tyler Lander 9-0

133 — Jared Dalgleish (SOU) dec. JJ Lum 10-5

141 — Kyle Wirkuty (SOU) forfeit

149 — Michael Cappus (SFU) forfeit

157 — Justin Mills (SOU) dec. Alex Stemer 7-6

165 — Tucker Van Matre (SOU) major dec. Max Arcand 19-10

174 — Arminder Virk (SFU) dec. Tyler Thomas 4-3

184 — Clete Hanson (SFU) dec. Ron Lee 7-3

197 — Pardeep Rekhi (SFU) forfeit

285 — Gurjot Kooner (SFU) forfeit

Dedication Ceremony

The Bob Riehm Arena dedication ceremony will be Feb. 5, when the Southern Oregon wrestling team hosts Montana State-Northern.

The ceremony will rename the main gym inside McNeal Pavilion — Bob Riehm Arena — after the longtime SOU wrestling coach and educator.

The event will kick off with a reception in the recently remodeled SOU wrestling room at 6 p.m.

The Raiders and Lights will wrestle at 7 p.m., and the dedication ceremony will take place following the dual.

The ceremony is part of an ongoing fund drive in Riehm's honor that has produced over $100,000. The money will go to scholarships, new scoreboards that are already in place, a new sound system and a new wrestling mat.

Riehm spent 25 years at SOU and with the wrestling program. He served as the head wrestling coach from 1969-94 and turned the program into one of the best in the nation.

He was inducted into the school Sports Hall of Fame in October.

The Raiders claimed the school's first three team NAIA national championships in 1978, '83 and '94. Riehm's teams were 270-71-2 in dual meets, 12 of his teams won regional crowns and 18 finished in the top eight at nationals.

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