SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana head wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier announced Tuesday the commitment of nine student-athletes for the 2012-13 season.
Jacob Anderson (Springfield, Minn.), Deven Donais (Big Lake, Minn.), Drake Fanslau (Underwood, Iowa), Mike Hartnett (Gretna, Neb.), Logan Henning (Springfield, Neb.), Nate Lynn (Lismore, Minn.), Mitch Rechtzigel (Apple Valley, Minn.), Tanner Taylor (Milford, Iowa) and Javier Vieyra (Salina, Kan.) will all join the Vikings next season.
“We’ve added an incredibly talented group of student-athletes with this batch,” Reitmeier said. “I expect an immediate impact from each of the signees, and it will be a pleasure for Viking wrestling fans to watch these guys develop.”
This latest crop of signees brings Reitmeier’s 2012-13 class to 11. Morgan Engbrecht from Sturgis, S.D., and Brandon Charbonneau from Emporia, Kan., signed with Augustana in November.
Augustana went 13-3 overall and 5-2 in the NSIC (third place) in 2011-12. The Vikings finished tied for 10th at the NCAA Championships and returned with three All-Americans.
Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Springfield, Minn./Springfield HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Springfield High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … career record of 162-44 with 63 falls … two-time all-state performer … finished 37-2 and was state, section and conference champion as senior … also named wrestler of the Year by KNUJ and New Ulm Journal … went 38-7 and logged sixth-place state finish as junior … posted 30-8 record as sophomore while qualifying for state … went 30-10 as freshman and was state qualifier … landed on All-New Ulm Journal team four times … four-time all-conference.
Personal: Son of Lynn and Nancy Anderson … born Feb. 23, 1994 … plans to major in mathematics and education.
Big Lake, Minn./Big Lake HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Big Lake High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … three-time all-conference … went 28-11 as senior … posted record of 25-17 as junior … finished 28-13 as sophomore and 12-9 as freshman … recorded three top-six section finishes.
Personal: Son of Keith and Becky Donais … born March 15, 1994 … plans to be pre-med major.
Underwood, Iowa/Underwood HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Underwood High School … four-year-year letterwinner and starter … four-time state qualifier … finished career with record of 187-32 and 109 pins … went 59-4 as senior en route to third-place state finish … was also section and district champion and set school’s season record for wins (59) and wins by fall (39) … as junior, finished 50-6 and was section and district champion while placing fourth at state … went 39-12 as sophomore and won district and section … finished 39-10 as freshman and won district and section.
Personal: Son of Chris and Steve Fanslau … born Feb. 1, 1994.
Gretna, Neb./Gretna HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Gretna High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … four-time state qualifier … went 40-6 as senior while placing third at state and winning conference and district titles … grabbed fifth-place state finish as sophomore.
Personal: Son of Joseph and Pamela Hartnett … born Aug. 17, 1993 … plans to major in biology.
Springfield, Neb./Gretna HS
High School: 2011 graduate of Gretna High School … spent 2011-12 academic year at Nebraska Omaha … four-year letterwinner and starter … two-time state placer.
Personal: Son of Larry and Cindy Henning … born July 9, 1992.
Lismore, Minn./Adrian HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Adrian High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … posted 170-48 career record … three-time all-state and four-time all-conference selection … went 35-3 as senior and placed fifth at state and first at sections … finished 40-7 as junior while grabbing fourth-place state finish and second-place section finish … charted 36-12 record as sophomore and was section champion … went 39-9 as freshman and was state runner-up and section champion.
Personal: Son of Brad and Brenda Lynn … born Jan. 1, 1994 … plans to major in business.
Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Eastview High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … recorded 158 career wins … three-time all-conference selection … finished 39-4 and was state runner-up as senior.
Personal: Son of Jon and Carol Rechtzigel … born Dec. 3, 1993.
Milford, Iowa/Okoboji HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Okoboji High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … four-time all-conference performer … four-time state qualifier … compiled career record of 147-31 … was state runner-up as senior after finishing 43-1 … eighth-place state finisher as junior with 31-8 record … went 37-11 as sophomore and 36-11 as freshman.
Personal: Son of Chris Taylor and Mary Weaver … born Sept. 20, 1993.
Salina, Kan./South HS
High School: 2012 graduate of Salina South High School … four-year letterwinner and starter … won more than 100 career matches … state-runner up as sophomore, junior and senior … state qualifier as freshman … named conference wrestler of the year as senior.
Personal: Son of David and Iren Vieyra … born April 4, 1994 … plans to major in exercise science.