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NU grad earns spot in NCAA championships

Wade Sauer is used to stepping onto the mat at some of the biggest stages in wrestling.

But it doesn’t get much bigger than the event at which he’ll hit the mats this week.

Sauer, a 2004 Nevada Union graduate and wrestling as just a sophomore this season for Cal State, Fullerton, has earned a spot in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships that start Thursday morning in Auburn Hills, Mich.



Sauer, who finished third in the Pac-10 championships in February, earned the last seeded heavyweight spot in the tournament, earning No. 12.

Everyone in the 128-wrestler bracket earned a bye in the first round except two. Sauer will face unseeded Kyle Massey from Wisconsin in the second round.




“The cool part about that is if I win, I’ll face off with Ty Watterson from Oregon State,” Sauer said. “I lost to him earlier this year by one point, so that would be a great match.”

Watterson must get past unseeded Jermail Porter from Kent State to meet up with Sauer.

Earning a spot in the national championships wasn’t a surprise for Sauer, who won the California state title as a senior at Nevada Union.

“I pretty much knew this was going to happen,” Sauer said. “This is what I’ve been training for.”

Sauer isn’t necessarily setting his sights on a national championship this season, coming in as the 12th seed and as a sophomore.

“I’m looking at this mostly as a learning experience,” Sauer said.

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have goals.

“I’m definitely in the running for a medal,” Sauer said, referring to placing in the top eight. “I think I’m right there with some of the top wrestlers.”

A top-eight finish would earn Sauer All-American status.

Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level:

GYMNASTICS

Julia Richards (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – Richards finished fourth on the balance beam with a 9.700 score during Sunday’s 192.625-191.975 loss to Sacramento State. Richards finished 11th in the vault (9.400) and 12th in the floor exercise (8.750) as well.

TRACK & FIELD

Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – Lorson competed in the 400-meter hurdles, taking third in a time of one minute, 4.30 seconds during Saturday’s Aggie Classic in Davis. There were no team results available from the event.

Chad McCammon (Nevada Union, ’05); Sacramento City College – McCammon took 11th in Saturday’s pole vault with a leap of 14 feet, four inches during Saturday’s Aggie Classic in Davis. No team results were available.

Greg Morgan (Nevada Union, ’05); California State, Chico – Morgan took sixth in the high jump Saturday during the Wildcat Open in Chico. Morgan jumped 6-2 and the Chico men’s team won the event with 185 points.

SOFTBALL

Christina Guerland (Bear River, ’03); Yale – Guerland, playing second base, was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored during Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. Also on Sunday, Guerland was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored during a 9-1 victory over Rider. Both games were played in a tournament in Kissimmee, Florida.

Michelle Mathis (Bear River, ’03); St. Mary’s (Calif.) – Mathis was used four times as a pinch runner this past week, during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Stony Brook, Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Utah Valley State, Sunday’s 9-8 win over Stony Brook and Wednesday’s 6-4 win over UC Davis. She had no stats except a run scored during the 9-8 win over Stony Brook.

BASEBALL

Chris Brown (Nevada Union, ’03); Tabor College – Brown was 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs during Wednesday’s victory over William Jewel College. Saturday, Brown was 1-for-4 with an RBI during a win over Manhattan Christian.

Tyler French (Bear River, ’06); Sierra Community College – French threw four innings during Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over Cosumnes River College. He gave up no earned runs and is 1-0 this season. Sierra College is currently 18-3 and ranked No. 1 in the state.

Bryan Hart (Bear River, ’03); California State, San Bernardino – Hart played in four games at first base this week again Cal Poly Pomona. He was 3-for-4 Thursday during a 5-1 victory, he was 2-for-4 Friday during a 4-3 win and he was 1-for-4 with a run scored during an 11-3 win Saturday. In the nightcap Saturday, Hart was 0-for-2 in a 2-1 loss.

Jason Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’04); Cuesta Community College – Roenicke upped his record to 3-1 on the season Saturday with a 9-7 victory over Oxnard. No other information was available.

Mike Weiss (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); The Master’s College – Weiss pitched seven innings giving up five runs, all earned, during Saturday’s 13-5 loss to Westmont. Weiss struck out three, walked three and scattered five hits over his seven innings.

Anthony Welz (Bear River, ’05); Butte Community College – Welz pitched the final inning giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out one during Sunday’s 10-4 loss to Feather River.

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Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Ross Maak via e-mail at rossm@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4244.


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