No. 6 Augustana opens dual schedule with home triangular

This week
No. 6-ranked Augustana (0-0) opens the dual season at home on Friday in a triangular with Dakota Wesleyan (1-3) and Northwestern (Iowa) (3-1). Augustana and DWU will wrestle at 5 p.m., DWU and NC at 6:30 p.m. and Augustana and NC at 8 p.m.

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Last time out
Augustana crowned six champions (two co-champions) Saturday at the MSU Moorhead Open in Moorhead, Minn. Cody Lensing(unattached) and Jeremiah Peterson shared top honors at 133 pounds, Marcus Edgington (unattached) won the 157-pound championship, Carl Serck (unattached) was the 174-pound winner and Jayd Docken won at 184 pounds. Those titles came in the Red Division. Tim Weber (165) was a White Division champion.

NSIC honors
The NSIC announced Monday Jayd Docken has been named its wrestler of the week after winning the 184-pound title in the Red Division at this past Saturday’s MSU Moorhead Open. Docken, a redshirt freshman from Winner, S.D., went 4-0 en route to this title. He pinned Regina’s Regan Pratt in his opening match and followed it by beating Augsburg’s Josh Vaughan in a 14-1 major decision. After beating Cody Sorenson of North Dakota State 5-3, Docken capped his performance with a 7-3 win over teammate Sean Derry in the championship match.

Date Wrestler
Dec. 5 Jayd Docken

Vikings in season openers
Augustana is 7-4 in season-opening duals since the 2000-01 season. During that span, the Vikings are 6-0 when facing NAIA teams to open the season. Head coach Jason Reitmeier is 5-3 in season openers.

Date Opponent W/L Score
Dec. 5, 2000 at Northwestern (Iowa) W 42-9
Nov. 24, 2001 vs. Nebraska L 36-9
Dec. 11, 2002 Northwestern (Iowa) W 27-18
Nov. 21, 2003 at Dana W 36-9
Nov. 19, 2004 at Dana W 21-15
Dec. 8, 2005 Northwestern (Iowa) W 33-10
Nov. 29, 2006 at Northwestern (Iowa) W 36-15
Nov. 21, 2007 at Augsburg L 34-10
Nov. 28, 2008 at Nebraska L 50-0
Nov. 25, 2009 at Augsburg L 21-12
Nov. 24, 2010 Augsburg W 26-6

Holiday hiatus
Following Friday’s contests with Dakota Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa), Augustana will be off until the new year. On Jan. 7 and 8, the Vikings will compete at the NWCA National Duals in Springfield, Ill. That means Augustana will have a month’s rest heading into the ever-competitive National Duals.

Scouting Dakota Wesleyan
Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA school based in Mitchell, S.D., sports a 1-3 record in 2011-12. The Tigers’ lone dual win of the season came against the University of Regina on Nov. 11. Blemishes on the DWU schedule include losses to St. Olaf, Northern State and Morningside. Friday’s contest with Augustana is one of three duals against Division II programs for the Tigers this season. Besides Augustana and NSU, DWU will also wrestle Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 11. DWU competes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Scouting Northwestern (Iowa)
Northwestern (Iowa) brings a 3-1 record into Friday’s triangular. NC, an NAIA school in Orange City Iowa, has wins over York (Neb.), Wayne State (Neb.) and Briar Cliff. NC’s lone loss of the season was to Grand View. The Red Raiders’ only scheduled competition with a Division II school this season is against Augustana. NC competes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Viking lineup
Head coach Jason Reitmeier plans to wrestle the following athletes Friday.

Wt. Wrestler
125 TJ North
133 Cody Lensing/Jeremiah Peterson
141 Jason Jeremiason
149 Nate Herda
157 Marcus Edgington
165 Tom Davies/Matt Morris/Bradyn Neises
174 Carl Serck
184 Jayd Docken
197 Jeff Nielsen
285 Mike Roberts

Up next
Augustana is off until Jan. 7 when the Vikings travel to Springfield, Ill., for the NWCA National Duals.

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