No. 5 Vikings close dual season at MSU Moorhead, host Augustana Open

No. 5 Augustana (12-3, 4-2 NSIC) takes to the road Wednesday to complete its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season schedule at MSU Moorhead (2-8, 0-5 NSIC). The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. On Sunday, the Vikings host the Augustana Open in the Elmen Center beginning at 9 a.m.

Augustana Open
The inaugural Augustana Open will feature a healthy contingent of regional teams and individuals. Doors to the Elmen Cetner open at 8:15 a.m. Admission to the all-day event is $7 for adults and $4 for K-12. No season passes will be honored. Matches will be contested on six mats with no breaks in the competition. Team points will not be kept but individual champions will be crowned in 10 weight classes.

Last time out
The Vikings lost an NSIC dual at No. 3 Upper Iowa last Friday by a 24-12 margin. Posting wins by decision for the Vikings were Chism Fink (141), Nate Herda (149), Carl Serck (174) and Jayd Docken (184). An injury to Marcus Edgington forced the Vikings to forfeit at (157).

A knock off
Jayd Docken knocked off the No. 4-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds last Friday when he beat Upper Iowa’s Mitch Schultz 8-3. Docken is unranked and sports a 17-6 record this season.

What’s in a win
A win by Augustana on Wednesday would give the Vikings a 5-2 finish to the conference season. Jason Reitmeier has yet to experience a losing conference season since Augustana joined the NSIC in 2008-09. His teams went 4-3 in 2008-09 and 7-0 last season. A victory would also give Reitmeier his 95th career dual victory and move his career record to 95-46.

Scouting MSU Moorhead
MSU Moorhead owns a 2-8 record and is 0-5 in NSIC duals. The Dragons’ two wins this season came over Jamestown (N.D.) and future conference-member Minot State. Corey Ulmer is the top-ranked wrestler in the country at 125 pounds. Head coach Kris Nelson is in his third year and has a 17-28 career dual record as the leader of the Dragons.

Last year against the Dragons
Augustana handled MSU Moorhead 29-6 last year in Sioux Falls. The Vikings broke away from a 6-6 tie and won the dual’s final seven matches. The win was Augustana’s seventh dual triumph of 2010-11 and opened its NSIC season in style.

In the NSIC
With a 4-2 conference record, the Vikings are in third in the NSIC. St. Cloud State leads the NSIC at 6-0, and Upper Iowa is second at 6-1. Wednesday’s opponent, MSU Moorhead, is the lone team winless in conference action at 0-5, which puts the Dragons in eighth.

Double-figure wins
Jason Reitmeier has guided his team to 10 dual wins for the third-consecutive season and fourth time in his career. Reitmeier went 14-2 last season and 11-6 in 2009-10. Other years in double-figure wins for the ninth-year head coach include 2004-05 (14-2) and 2005-06 (12-5).

Friendly confines
Augustana hasn’t lost a home NSIC dual since the 2008-09 season. The Vikings have won their last 10 conference duals in the Elmen Center and have went undefeated at home in NSIC action for three-straight seasons. The last time Augustana fell at home in a conference dual was on Feb. 6, 2009, when St. Cloud State topped the Vikings 17-16.

Viking lineup
Jason Reitmeier plans to field the following lineup this weekend:
125 Cody Lensing
133 Jason Jeremiason OR Jeremiah Peterson
141 Chism Fink
149 Nate Herda
157 Parker Swanson
165 Matt Morris OR Bradyn Neises
174 Carl Serck
184 Jayd Docken
197 Sean Derry OR Brian Schultz
285 Taylor Harris

Up next
Augustana begins postseason action at the Super Regional Three Championship in St. Cloud, Minn., on Feb. 26.