SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana head wrestling Coach Jason Reitmeier announced the signing of seven more athletes to join the Vikings for the 2014-15 campaign. The seven future Vikings will join Clay Broze to complete the eight-man recruiting class that hails from four states.
“We are excited about this recruiting class,” Reitmeier said. “We focused on student-athletes that we feel can come in and compete to help this program immediately. We bring in five high school seniors that are motivated to compete right away for starting spots. We also brought in three junior college athletes that are battle-tested and have competed against all college divisions and at collegiate national championships.”
Adrian Lozano joins the Vikings after spending two years wrestling at Iowa Western Community College as a 125-pound wrestler. Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Lozano was a two-time national qualifier and earned Academic All-American honors twice and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Augustana.
Reitmeier on Lozano: “Adrian is a two year starter at Iowa Western where he has qualified for the national tourney twice. Adrian started wrestling later in high school and we feel he has a high ceiling. He is just starting to come into his own and continues to improve every year. Adrian is very focused and knows exactly what he wants to accomplish.”
Colin Ayers hails from Waterville, Minn. and will head to Augustana as a freshman in the fall of 2014. Ayers set a bevy of records for Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School where he was a four-year starter and letterwinner. The projected 133/141-pounder is coming off a 44-2 record in his senior season that earned him a third-place finish in Minnesota Class AA State tournament.
Reitmeier on Ayers: “Colin is coming off an outstanding senior season, finishing 44-2 in which he challenged himself against the best from other teams. He is a three sport star and a tremendous student. We feel once he starts focusing on just wrestling, the sky’s the limit with Colin.”
Mason Brownlee brings a strong high school career to Augustana from Montgomery, Minn. where he was a four-year starter at Tri-City United High School. Brownlee accrued a career record of 123-22 and three all-state finishes with a best fourth-place finish in 2013. Brownlee will come in looking to compete in the 141- and 149-pound weight classes.
Reitmeier on Brownlee: “We have been recruiting for a very long time and we are excited to have him coming to Augustana. He wrestles year round and has had success at every level. Mason is coming in with a chip on his shoulder after a disappointing state qualifying tournament so he is looking to make an impact right away. We are excited to welcome his enthusiasm and excitement.”
Tyler Nation becomes a Viking after earning National Junior College Athletics Association and All-American honors at Iowa Western Community College. Nation originally hails from Scotts Bluff, Neb. and will have two years of eligibility at Augustana. As a prep at Scotts Bluff High School, Nation won three Nebraska Class B State Championships before heading to Iowa Western.
Reitmeier on Nation: “We don’t get many junior college kids to Augustana, so to bring in three in one year is exciting. Tyler is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Junior College National tournament and is not satisfied. He is battled-tested and has competed against the best in the nation at all college levels. He will make an immediate impact in workouts and in competition.”
Lane Blasius joins the Augustana wrestling team after winning the South Dakota Class B State Championship at 152 pounds. Hailing from Wall, S.D., Blasius tallied 160 wins in five years wrestling at the high school level — Blasius placed eighth at state as an 103-pound eighth-grader — after earning five letters and three All-State finishes.
Reitmeier on Blasius: “We are excited to have Lane join the Augustana Wrestling family. He is exactly what we look for in a student-athlete. Lane has been extremely successful both on the mat and in the classroom. Lane brings a cowboy toughness to the team that we were also looking for, a no excuses mentality.
Ben Goodwin is the third junior college transfer to join the Vikings and he will have two years of eligibility to wrestle for the Vikings at 174 pounds. Originally from Lincoln, Neb., Goodwin qualified for the national tournament in both his years at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Minn. At Lincoln Pius High School, Goodwin placed at the Nebraska Class A State Tournament three times and earned four letters.
Reitmeier on Goodwin: “Ben is a big, strong, and aggressive kid that immediately makes our upper weights better. We relay like that Ben has seen and competed against most of the kids in our conference and had success against many of our opponents. Ben also has national championship experience which his invaluable. We are excited to get Ben in the room and start working.”
Clayton Wahlstrom joins the Augustana wrestling team from Custer, S.D. and after a successful wrestling career. A projected 184/197-pounder for the Vikings, Wahlstrom finished third at the South Dakota Class B State Championships as a junior and senior, finishing with a record of 80-10 combined in those years. Wahlstrom also won the Class A State Pole Vault Championships in 2012 an finished second as a junior.
Reitmeier on Wahlstrom: “We are extremely excited to have Clayton join the program. He is a big, strong kid with explosive quickness for a wrestler in his weight class. He too brings a West-River toughness and confidence to our program that we love. He is excited to train with our upper-weight coaches and will also compete in outdoor track at Augustana.”
Theses seven Vikings join Clay Broze who signed with Augustana in the early signing period to complete the eight-man class.
Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.