Augustana signs two more for 2011-12

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana head wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier announced Wednesday that Tim Weber from Hartford, S.D., and Jake Lillie from St. Michael, Minn., have committed to the Vikings for the 2011-12 season.

Weber is a 2011 graduate of West Central High School, where he was a six-year letterwinner. He racked up 173 career wins and was a five-time state qualifier, notching two runner-up finishes. Weber earned two region titles and was named all-conference three times. Other career totals included 353 takedowns and 86 pins. He is expected to wrestle at 165 or 174 pounds for Augustana.

“Tim is very athletic and a multi-sport star,” Reitmeier said. “He has a controlled style with great position and is good from all positions on the mat. He also has a big frame, and we are looking forward to getting him bigger to compete in the middle or upper weights.”

A 2011 graduate of St. Michael-Albertville, Lillie was a six-time letterwinner during his prep career. He collected all-conference honors four times and was a two-time state qualifier. Lillie also accumulated more than 100 career wins. He will wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds.

Said Reitmeier: “Jake comes from a winning program with great tradition. He is used to being pushed hard and will fit in to what we are trying to accomplish as a team. Jake is technically strong on his feet and will develop in other positions in our room.”

The two join Jon Gorter from Pipestone, Minn., Mark Vetter from Yankton, S.D., Brandon Chesnut from Onawa, Iowa, Riley McManus from Wayne, Neb., Zachary Friederich from Lonsdale, Minn., Lance Shaull from Tea, S.D., Alex Burghardt from Watertown, S.D., Shawn Hatlestad from New London, Minn., Garret Heiberger from Hartford, S.D., JD Herst from St. Louis, Mo., Taylor Harris from Harrisburg, S.D., and Bret Johnson from Story City, Iowa, in Augustana’s 2011-12 recruiting class.

Augustana finished third and had seven All-America honorees at the 2011 NCAA Championship. The Vikings, who took second at the Super Regional Three Championship, finished the dual season with a record of 14-2 and were the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions with a flawless 7-0 conference campaign.

Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.