Augsburg Announces Recruiting Class

MINNEAPOLIS — The Augsburg College wrestling team will welcome an incoming first-year and transfer class that has five state championships, 23 state tournament placings and 45 state tournament qualifications to its credit among the 25 recruits, head coach Mark Matzek has announced.

Augsburg AuggiesThe incoming class will aim to keep the Augsburg program in its familiar role among the elite teams in small-college wrestling. Augsburg has finished among the top 10 teams at the NCAA Division III National Championships every year since 1988 — a streak of 26 straight years. Augsburg is coming off a 10th-place finish in the 2013 tournament.

“The coaching staff and I are very excited about our incoming recruiting class. It is one of our largest and most accomplished ever with five state championships, 23 state placements, and 45 state qualifications during their high school careers. Along with being great wrestlers, these young men have also done exceptionally well in the classroom, highlighted by two National High School Coaches Association Scholar All-Americans,” said Matzek, entering his sixth season as Augsburg’s head coach in 2013-14.

“These individuals will be a great addition to our current wrestlers in the room which includes a two-time national champion, four returning All-Americans, and eight returning national qualifiers,” Matzek added. “We look forward to continuing the strong tradition of Augsburg wrestling, as we work toward adding to our record 11 NCAA Division III wrestling national championships.”

Augsburg opens its 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 23 with the annual Auggie-Brute Open at Si Melby Hall.


Here is a look at the 2013-14 Augsburg wrestling incoming class

– Kirk Anderson (Barnesville, Minn., 133 pounds) — Competed at Division I North Dakota State in 2007-08 season (9-7 with two pins) … Three-time Minnesota state champion at Barnesville HS (125-A in 2007, 119-A in 2005, 112-A in 2004), also placed 3rd at 125-A in 2006 and 2nd at 103-A in 2003, competed at state tournament at 103-A in 2002 … At the time, set Minnesota state all-time wins record with 246-16 HS career record (now tied for fourth-most wins in state history) … Served in U.S. Marines for four years before returning to college.
– Austin Boniface (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS, 165 pounds) — Finished fifth in 160-AAA at 2013 Minnesota state tournament … 89-46 career record, including 34-6 record in 2012-13 … Guillotine magazine 2013 Academic All-State second team honoree.
– Austin Edison (Hammond, Wis./St. Croix Central HS, heavyweight) — Finished second at 2013 Division 2, Region 3 tournament at 285 … Finished 35-8 in 2012-13 … Placed 2nd at 220 in 2013 Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Challenge tournament.
– Todd Fairbanks (St. Paul, Minn./Harding HS, 184 pounds) — Competed in 195-AA at 2013 state tournament … Finished 2012-13 season with 26-10 record.
– Justin Flores (Owatonna, Minn., 184 pounds) — Competed in 195-AAA at 2013 state tournament … Finished 2012-13 season with 31-9 record … Finished high school career with 64-33 record.
– James Goman (Lakeville, Minn./Trinity-River Ridge HS, 125 pounds) — Three-time state tournament qualifier, finishing fifth at 120-A in 2013, second at 113-A in 2012 and competing at 103-A in 2011 … Finished 39-6 in 2012-13, 33-7 in 2011-12 and 29-11 in 2010-11 … 107-32 high school career record.
– Marcus Hamer (Kimball, Minn., 141 pounds) — Four-time state tournament qualifier, finishing fourth at 138-A in 2013, 6th at 132-A in 2012 and 4th at 103-A in 2010, while also competing at 125-A in 2011 … Finished 38-8 in 2012-13, 42-8 in 2011-12, 41-5 in 2010-11 and 42-3 in 2009-10 … 184-30 high school career record (school record for career victories).
– Miles Hammerlund (Delano, Minn., 184 pounds) — Two-time state tournament qualifier, finishing second at 170-AA in 2012, while also competing at 170-AA in 2013 … 32-3 record in 2012-13, 28-6 record in 2011-12 … 119-36 high school career record … 2013 Minnesota/USA junior state champion in Greco-Roman (182 pounds), second in freestyle.
– Cameron Henning (Jackson, Minn./Jackson County Central HS, 133 pounds) — State tournament qualifier in 2013 (126-A) … Finished with 35-12 record in 2012-13 … 71-31 high school career record.
– Logan Hortop (Faribault, Minn., heavyweight) — Placed third at 220 pounds at section tournament in 2013 … Placed second in Minnesota/USA junior state tournament in freestyle at 220 pounds.
– Tyrell Martin (West St. Paul, Minn./Henry Sibley HS, 174 pounds) — Transfer from Ridgewater CC … Two-time NJCAA national tournament qualifier (165 pounds in 2013 and 2012) … Finished third in 160-AAA at 2011 state tournament … 35-9 record in 2010-11.
– Cole McAdam (Faribault, Minn., 184 pounds) — State tournament qualifier in 2013 (182-AAA) … Finished with 31-6 record in 2012-13.
– Blake Miller (Browerville, Minn./Staples-Motley HS, 133 pounds) — Two-time state tournament qualifier, finishing sixth at 126-AA in 2013 and competing at 120-AA in 2012 … 34-12 record in 2012-13, 39-7 record in 2011-12.
– Grant Parker (Onalaska, Wis., 149 pounds) — Second place at Division I sectional in 2013 … 27-11 record in 2012-13 … Second-team all-conference in 2011-12, honorable mention all-conference in 2012-13.
– Brandon Peters (Faribault, Minn., 141 pounds) — Two-time state tournament qualifier (126-AAA in 2012, 112-AAA in 2010) … 32-11 record in 2011-12, 35-7 record in 2009-10 … Third place at 2013 sectional tournament at 126 … 170-64 career record.
– Colton Pollock (Big Lake, Minn., heavyweight) — Placed fifth at 285-AA at 2013 state tournament … 31-15 record in 2012-13.
– Drew Randall (Lewiston, Idaho, 157 pounds) — Three-time Idaho state tournament placewinner, finishing fourth at 160-5A in 2013, third at 152-5A in 2012, sixth at 125-5A in 2011 … 42-11 record in 2012-13 … 149-44 career record … National High School Coaches Association Scholar All-American in 2013.
– Sidney Rodriguez (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic HS, 125 pounds) — Three-time Louisiana state tournament placewinner, winning state championship at 145-Division I in 2013 … Placed third at 120-Division I in 2012 and third at 103-Division I in 2011 … LHSAA All-Academic Team in 2012-13 …. National High School Coaches Association Scholar All-American in 2013.
– Tucker Sarbacker (Mineral Point, Wis./Iowa-Grant HS, 141 pounds) — Three-time Wisconsin state tournament qualifier … Won 138-Division 3 state championship in 2013 … Also competed at 132-Dvision 3 in 2012 and 103-Division 3 in 2010 … 40-6 record in 2012-13, 32-14 record in 2011-12, 35-11 record in 2010-11, 29-14 record in 2009-10 … 136-28 high school career record.
– Greg Skon (Sparta, Wis., 174 pounds) — Second-team all-conference in 2012-13, 28-17 record in 2012-13.
– Brandon Strong (Minneapolis, Minn./South HS, 149 pounds) — Two-time state tournament qualifier (145-AAA in 2013, 132-AAA in 2012) … 38-5 record in 2012-13, 22-7 record in 2011-12 … 108-35 career record.
– Avery Sweeney (Milton, Wis., 184 pounds) — Competed at Wisconsin state tournament in 2013 (182-Division 1) … WisconsinPrepZone.com (Wisconsin State Journal) All-Area honorable mention in 2013 … Placed fourth in Division 1 sectional in 2012, third in sectional in 2011 … 28-10 record in 2012-13, 29-16 record in 2011-12 … 93-64 career record.
– Brandon Wilcox (Gordon, Wis./Northwood HS, 184 pounds) — Competed at Wisconsin state tournament in 2013 (195-Division 3) … Placed fourth in Division 3 sectionals in 2012 and 2011 … 32-4 record in 2012-13, 38-4 record in 2011-12, 22-9 record in 2010-11 … 107-29 career record  (Northwood school record for wins) … Competed at 2013 USA Wrestling/Cliff Keen Junior Folkstyle Nationals.
– Adam Whirley (Maple Grove, Minn., 157 pounds) — Transfer from Winona State … Competed at 2010 state tournament (152-AA) … 29-13 record in 2009-10 … Son of former Augsburg assistant coach Scott Whirley ’82, who was an NAIA national champion at Augsburg (1979).
– Quade Zupko (Wyoming, Minn./Chisago Lakes HS, 157 pounds) — Four-time state tournament qualifier, finishing sixth at 138-AA in 2012 … Also competed at state tournament at 138-AA in 2013, 119-AA in 2011 and 112-AA in 2010 … 44-3 record in 2012-13, 36-10 record in 2011-12, 35-11 record in 2010-11, 35-6 record in 2009-10 … North Suburban Conference Most Valuable Wrestler in 2013, five-time all-conference … 189-47 career record (Chisago Lakes school record), 88 career pins and 405 career takedowns (also school records).


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