Vikings set for Super Regional Three

SUPER REGIONAL THREE CHAMPIONSHIP

This week: No. 2 Augustana begins postseason competition on Sunday, hosting the NCAA Super Regional Three Championship in the Elmen Center.  Action will begin at 10 a.m.

Last time out: No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Omaha won seven of 10 matches en route to a 22-9 victory over the Vikings last Wednesday night in front of a record crowd of 2,003 in the Elmen Center.  Augustana got wins from Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) andTy Copsey (197 pounds).

Super Regional Three:  Sunday’s regional tournament is one of four that will play out across the country before the NCAA Championship.  A top-four finish advances a wrestler to the national tournament, which is hosted by Nebraska-Kearney on March 11 and 12.

Last year’s regional:  The Vikings are the defending Super Regional Three champions; they won last year’s tournament by racking up 120.5 points.  Augustana crowned four individual champions and advanced seven to the NCAA Championship.  Six of those seven national qualifiers are back: Al Meger (125 pounds), Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds).  To read about last year’s regional, click here.

More regional history:  Augustana has one regional title in the program’s history.  That crown came last season when the Vikings won the Super Regional Three Championship in Aberdeen, S.D.

Expanded field:  Super Regional Three has expanded for the 2011 Super Regional Three Championship.  The region used to be comprised of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s eight teams; however, reallignment added Wisconsin-Parkside, Indianapolis and Newman (Kan.) to this year’s field.

Dual record matched:  Augustana finished the 2010-11 campaign with an overall dual record of 14-2, matching the season record for victories in a season.  Augustana also reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Streak snapped: 
 Augustana’s loss to No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha last Wednesday was its first defeat in the Elmen Center since the 2008-09 season.  Heading into the contest with UNO, the last time Augustana had lost at home was on Feb. 6, 2009, when St. Cloud State topped the Vikings 17-16.

Conference title:  The conference crown picked up by the Vikings on Feb. 11 was their first in the NSIC and their third overall. Augustana finished 7-0 in NSIC competition. The Vikings won the North Central Conference in 1981 and 2005–the latter also under head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Northern Sun honors:  Augustana has had four athletes named NSIC Wrestler of the Week this season.

Date Wrestler
Nov. 29 Cody Lensing
Jan. 10 Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31 Ty Copsey
Feb. 14 Jason Jeremiason

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 14-2 record for the 2010-11 season included its fair share of one-sided wins this season.  The Vikings pitched shutouts three times and held opponents to just six points six times.  Augustana has outscored its opponents 466-115 this season.

Viking lineup: 

Wt. Wrestler
125 Al Meger
133 Jason Jeremiason
141 Jay Sherer
149 Nate Herda
157 Marcus Edgington
165 Gavin Nelson
174 Carl Serck
184 Tom Davies
197 Ty Copsey
285 Lance Peters

National news: Augustana retained its No. 2 position in the final regular-season NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released last Wednesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings collected 152 points and all eight second-place votes.  Nebraska-Omaha was the unanimous No. 1 selection, earning 160 points and all eight first-place votes. The Mavericks have held the top spot all season.  To view the national poll, click here.

Date
Ranking
Oct. 21 3rd
Dec. 8 3rd
Jan. 4 3rd
Jan. 2 2nd
Feb. 3 2nd
Feb. 16 2nd

Who’s ranked: The Vikings had seven individuals ranked in the final-regular NCAA Division II rankings of the season released last Wednesday. Ty Copsey garnered the highest individual ranking with his No. 2 position at 197 pounds.  Jason Jeremiason, who made his debut in the national rankings, checked in at No. 3 at 133 pounds, while Marcus Edgington earned the same spot at 157 pounds.  Jay Sherer (141 pounds) and Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) were both No. 4.  Nate Herda was No. 5 at 149 pounds, while Carl Serck was seventh at 174 pounds.  To view the latest rankings, click here.