Vikings close regular season at No. 6 Upper Iowa

Augustana (12-5, 5-2 NSIC) finishes their regular season at No. 6 Upper Iowa (14-1-1, 6-0 NSIC) on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The Vikings are coming off a 26-15 win at MSU Moorhead on Wednesday night.

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Upper Iowa enters the weekend with a 14-1-1 and the No. 6 ranking in the NCAA Division II Wrestling rankings. In NSIC duals, the Peacocks are 6-0 and tied for the lead with St. Cloud State. On Saturday, Feb. 15, Upper Iowa and No. 3 SCSU will face off for the NSIC championship.

Five Peacocks are individually ranked in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling rankings. A pair of UIU wrestlers own the No. 2 ranking in their weight class with just one Division-II loss between the two. 149-pounder Edwin Cooper owns a 34-2 mark and Carl Broghammer sports a 33-2 mark. Blake Sorensen is ranked No. 5 at 184 pounds with a 13-5 record, but with just five bouts against Division II wrestlers. Heaveyweight Logan Hopp is ranked sixth with a 26-11 record. The fifth wrestler ranked for Upper Iowa is 165-pound Dalton Westerlund at No. 8 with a 18-13 overall record.

Series: Augustana trails 1-6 in the all-time series with Upper Iowa, with the first meeting in 2008. Augustana’s lone win came in 2011 by way of a 29-8 victory in Sioux Falls. On the road, the Vikings are 0-3 against the Peacocks losing a pair of bouts by one point. In conference duals, the Vikings are 1-4 since the Vikings joined the NSIC for the 2008-09 season. Upper Iowa has won the last two meetings, including last years 21-15 win in the Elmen Center.

Vikings defeat MSU Moorhead for 10th straight time on Wednesday
Augustana improved to 12-5 on the season with a 25-16 win at MSU Moorhead on Wednesday night. The Viking victory secured their 10th consecutive win over the Dragons and a 14-1 all-time mark. TJ North and Morgan Engbrecht secured decision wins to start the Vikings off on the right foot.

Responding quickly after MSUM tied the match on a pin, Shawn Hatlestad recorded his fastest pin of the season, taking down his opponent in 56 seconds. Hatlestad’s pin sparked two more big wins for the Viking, beginning with Bradyn Neises’ decision win at 157 pounds Parker Swanson then notched his third major decision win of the season, shutting out his opponent 10-0. Sean Derry and Jayd Docken then closed the door on MSUM with convincing decision wins.

Up next
The Vikings will travel to the NCAA Super Region 3 championships in Edmond, Okla., hosted by Central Oklahoma, on Feb. 28 and March 1. The top five in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on March 14-15.

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