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SOU mourns the loss of 23-year-old Raider wrestler Hunter Roberson

Southern Oregon University announced that Roberson passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning.

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 3:53 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2021 5:31 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Southern Oregon University athletics community is in mourning on Monday following the loss of 23-year-old Hunter Roberson, a member of the Raider men's wrestling team.

According to SOU Men's Wrestling, Roberson passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, and the cause of his death is still under investigation.

"We are heartbroken by the news that student-athlete Hunter Roberson passed away early Sunday morning," SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre said. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends, teammates and coaches. Hunter was a senior member of our wrestling team and a positive, energetic presence for our program. SOU and Raider Athletics will miss him dearly and are thankful for the time he spent with us. We urge the Raider community to keep Hunter and his family in your thoughts."

Roberson came to SOU from Vista, California, after graduating from Rancho Buena Vista High in 2017. The Men's Wrestling program said that Roberson wrestled primarily at 149 pounds for the Raiders, and was looking forward to returning for a fifth season during the coming school year while working on a degree in Health and Physical Education.

SOU said that details about a memorial for Roberson will be shared when they are finalized.

Students in need of counseling support are encouraged to contact an SOU Care Coordinator and can seek support from the Student Health and Wellness Center. For more information about Counseling Services contact SOU's Executive Director, Anna D'Amato, MS (damatoa@sou.edu, T: 541-552-8464). Staff and faculty can contact the Employee Assistance Program. For after-hours concerns, contact the Jackson County Mental Health Crisis Team at 541-774-8201.

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