Augustana at Daktronics Open Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The No. 6-ranked Augustana wrestling team ushers in the 2011-12 season Sunday at the Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D.

The Vikings were picked third in the 2011-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll and sixth in the country by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

Four Viking wrestlers — Nate Herda (141), Jason Jeremiason (133), Marcus Edgington (157) and Carl Serck (174) — are nationally ranked.

Augustana held its annual intrasquad dual this past Sunday as a final tune-up before upcoming competition at a handful of open tournaments.

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 NSIC champions with a flawless 7-0 conference campaign.

The Vikings’ first duals of the season are Dec. 9 at home against Northwestern (Iowa) and Dakota Wesleyan in a triangular.