Author: Matt Beaudin

Still undefeated: Former UVU wrestler still undefeated after “Showdown”

Accompanied to the cage by the power chords of Metallica, Ramsey Nijem prepares to do battle with his opponent Erik Uresk from New York. Nijem, a student at UVU, is an artist whose objective is to be as precise as possible in spattering his foes’ blood onto his canvas. Whether it’s his wrestling background or his newly-acquired Muay Thai skills, Nijem is going to paint a masterpiece inside the cage. The 22-year-old from the Seattle area has proven his toughness with a 3-0 record in MMA fights. In the April 9 “Showdown Fights” event held in the UVU Events Center, Nijem dismantled Uresk with the ref stopping the fight midway through the second round after too many unanswered blows rendered Uresk useless. “I love to compete,” said Nijem before the fight. “I’m a competitor; I’m a modern day gladiator pretty much, and that’s how I’ve been. I’ve wrestled my whole life.” Nijem wrestled for UVU for three years and has since taken his combat style to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. And as an undefeated competitor, he looks to continue his progression as a fighter. “There are so many different aspects of fighting,” Nijem said. “Every position has different styles and I’m just trying to get better.” In the first round of Nijem’s latest fight he relied on his wrestling background to give him the advantage over the...

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Former UVU wrestler still undefeated after “Showdown”

Accompanied to the cage by the power chords of Metallica, Ramsey Nijem prepares to do battle with his opponent Erik Uresk from New York. Nijem, a student at UVU, is an artist whose objective is to be as precise as possible in spattering his foes’ blood onto his canvas. Whether it’s his wrestling background or his newly-acquired Muay Thai skills, Nijem is going to paint a masterpiece inside the cage. The 22-year-old from the Seattle area has proven his toughness with a 3-0 record in MMA fights. In the April 9 “Showdown Fights” event held in the UVU Events Center, Nijem dismantled Uresk with the ref stopping the fight midway through the second round after too many unanswered blows rendered Uresk useless. “I love to compete,” said Nijem before the fight. “I’m a competitor; I’m a modern day gladiator pretty much, and that’s how I’ve been. I’ve wrestled my whole life.” Nijem wrestled for UVU for three years and has since taken his combat style to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. And as an undefeated competitor, he looks to continue his progression as a fighter. “There are so many different aspects of fighting,” Nijem said. “Every position has different styles and I’m just trying to get better.” In the first round of Nijem’s latest fight he relied on his wrestling background to give him the advantage over the...

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RSL set to defend title

Robbie Russell’s renowned penalty kick that sent his teammates gallivanting around Qwest Field in celebration of winning the MLS Cup has been replayed in the minds of RSL fans for months now. And, with the 2010 season now underway, the Claret-and-Cobalt is looking to defend its title as MLS Cup champions. However, defense of that title won’t be easy, as RSL lost two main contributors from last season’s roster, Yura Movsisyan and Clint Mathis. Both players were loaded with experience and will be missed this season. Real Salt Lake will also have to figure out how to win games on the road. A 3-0 win over San Jose to open the 2010 season in California is a nice start, but consistency on the road is what coach Jason Kries expects — and what it’ll take to return to the promised land of soccer in the United States. Sure things for the team from Salt Lake include winning in the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium and making a run in the playoffs despite its seed. In last year’s playoff push, RSL was the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, yet rode the momentum of its first-round win all the way to the title. RSL’s core is intact from the championship team, including Javiar Morales, Robbie Findley and Kyle Beckerman. With Beckerman in the midfield distributing the ball, Morales and...

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Summer with the Orem Owlz

Rookie league racks up the fun The sun slopes behind Brent Brown Ballpark, casting a shadow over the freshly-manicured baseball diamond nearly every night during the dog days of summer in Utah Valley. The product on the field consists of tomorrow’s Major League Baseball stars today and provides a unique opportunity to spend time with family and friends. The Orem Owlz are the rookie league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play their home games on campus at UVU. Fans fill the stadium 38 times during the regular season to bask in America’s pastime, enjoying the beautiful stadium and foot-long hot dogs. Not only is the ambiance awe-inspiring for baseball fans but also the family-friendly environment is suitable for everyone. The quality of baseball on the field has Owlz fans reeling as Orem comes off its fourth Pioneer League Championship in the last six years. The Owlz will begin defense of their title on June 21 when they begin play against the Idaho Falls Chukars. Last season, Orem cruised to the Pioneer League Title after a mediocre first half of the season. After team leader Jean Segura went down with an injured hand, Orem reeled off 15 wins in a row, setting the stage for the championship finish. The Owlz were paced by Pioneer League batting champion Dillon Baird throughout the season and as they made their historical...

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UVU wrestlers perform at nationals

UVU made history by participating in the madness of March for the first time in school history as three wrestlers qualified for the National Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. Ben Kjar, Flint Ray and Brad Darrington each made the trip to Nebraska to grapple with the best-of-the-best with hopes of a national championship on the horizon. “Our goal was to not just be happy with going to the conference tournament but to get some guys to nationals,” said UVU wrestling coach Greg Williams. “ We are very pleased to have three guys here.” Like a team in the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time the Wolverine wrestlers didn’t want to rely on the silver lining of making it to the tournament, they wanted to make some noise too. On the first day of competition Ben Kjar (125) won his first match over Harvard’s Steven Kieth 4-0. He went on to face the No. 5 seed from Iowa State Andrew Long and suffered a 4-0 defeat, dropping him to the Wrestleback bracket. Down to single elimination Kjar was matched up against an old foe that he had beaten earlier in the season in Ohio State’s Nikko Triggas. Scoreless through two periods, Nikko jumped on top and rolled to the win 4-0 eliminating Kjar from the tournament. Flint Ray (133) and Brad Darrington (174) also recorded wins at the tournament...

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