Augustana Wrestlers venture to MSU Moorhead Open Saturday

Augustana will compete in its final open tournament of the season Saturday when the Vikings travel to the MSU Moorhead Open. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.

Last time out
The Vikings last competed on Nov. 12 at the Dakota Wesleyan Open where they crowned four champions and logged 19 top-six finishes. Jason Jeremiason (133), Chism Fink (149), Marcus Edgington (165) and Jayd Docken (184) each earned titles.

Open season
Augustana’s early season schedule has consisted of only open tournaments. Between the Daktronics Open and Dakota Wesleyan Open, the Vikings have collected five individual titles.

National news
The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association placed Augustana in the No. 6 spot in its preseason national rankings released in October. The Vikings received 124 points. NSIC-neighbor St. Cloud State is the preseason favorite. The Huskies earned four of the eight first-place votes and 153 points. To view the complete poll, click here.

Date Rk
Oct. 26 (Preseason) 6th

Individual rankings
Four Augustana wrestlers are individually ranked in the top eight in the nation in their respective weight classes.
Ranking Wrestler Wt.
No. 1 Nate Herda 149
No. 2 Jason Jeremiason 133
No. 6 Marcus Edgington 157
No. 7 Carl Serck 174

Regionally speaking
The Super Region Three ranking has Augustana third with 52 points. The Vikings fall in behind St. Cloud State (60 points) and Upper Iowa (59 points). For the complete region rankings, click here. The individual rankings breakdown as follows:
Rk. Wrestler Wt.
No. 4 TJ North 125
No. 2 Jason Jeremiason 133
No. 1 Chism Fink 141
No. 1 Nate Herda 149
No. 2 Marcus Edgington 157
No. 3 Carl Serck 174
No. 6 Jayd Docken 184
No. 4 Brian Schultz 197
No. 6 Mike Roberts 285

According to the coaches
Augustana was picked third in the 2011-12 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Vikings, who are the defending conference champions, collected 44 points in the poll. St. Cloud State, the national preseason favorite, was the top choice in the NSIC with 55 points. The Huskies narrowly edged out Upper Iowa, which collected 54 points.
1. St. Cloud State 55
2. Upper Iowa 54
3. Augustana 44
4. Minnesota State 32
5. U-Mary 20
6. MSU Moorhead 17
7. Northern State 11
8. Southwest Minnesota State 7

NSIC rankings
Augustana has three wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the conference in their respective weight classes. Jason Jeremiason (133), Nate Herda (149) and Marcus Edgington (157) hold that distinction. Several other Vikings also rank high.
Rk. Wrestler Wt.
No. 4 TJ North 125
No. 1 Jason Jeremiason 133
No. 8 Ryan Hartnett 141
No. 1 Nate Herda 149
No. 1 Marcus Edgington 157
No. 6 Tom Davies 165
No. 2 Carl Serck 174
No. 4 Jayd Docken 184
No. 4 Brian Schultz 197
No. 5 Mike Roberts 285

Coaches’ corner
2011-12 marks Jason Reitmeier’s ninth season as the head coach of the Augustana wrestling program. A former Viking wrestler, Reitmeier has mentored 39 All-Americans and guided his teams to sixth top-10 national finishes. He is assisted by Tom Meester, Mike Long, Brett Lutmer, Nate Buys, Al Meger and Jeremie Degen.

Of Augustana’s seven All-America honorees last season, three return. Jason Jeremiason (133), Nate Herda (149) and Marcus Edgington (157) are all back for the 2011-12 season.

A look back
Last season, Augustana finished third and had seven All-America honorees at the 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.

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