Augustana 19, Minnesota State 18

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 17 Augustana College wrestling team recorded a pin at 184-pounds and improved to 4-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action in a 19-18 win over Minnesota State (4-2, 4-2 NSIC) on Thursday night at the Elmen Center.

The Vikings are now 15-4 on the season and have won eight straight duals.

No. 1 TJ North got Augustana on the board with a 5-3 decision over No. 7 Da’Wayne Robertson at the 125-pound bout. Morgan Engbrecht came out in dominating fashion and worked his way to a major decision, 10-2. With North’s and Engbrecht’s efforts, the Vikings jumped ahead 7-0 early in the dual against the Mavericks.

Augustana VikingsMSU’s Alphonso Vruno responded for Minnesota State with the lone pin at 141-pounds to only trail Augustana, 7-6. At 149, Jacob Anderson used two nearfalls in the second period to secure the match with a 5-0 decision against Dyan Herman.

The 157-pound match featured No. 5 Adam Cooling of Minnesota State and Bradyn Neises. Both wrestlers battled coming to a halt in the third period tied 2-2. Headed into overtime, Cooling used a final takedown to take the bout with a 4-2 decision. Teammates Cody Quinn (165 lbs) and Darick Vancura (174 lbs) won the next two bouts by decisions. The Mavericks gained the lead for the first time in the dual, with a score of 15-10 over the Vikings.

Returning to his third dual after an injury, Aero Amo recorded his third straight pin in the first period at the 184-pound match. Amo pinned Corey Abernathy in 1:21 where the Vikings used Amo’s six points to push back ahead, 16-15.

Jayd Docken, ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, took control of the 197-pound bout with a late takedown in the third period to win 4-1 over MSU’s Scott VanDeLoo. Augustana pushed ahead 19-15 with one final bout of the night left.

After a scoreless first period, Michael Lowman and MSU’s Malcolm Allen battled at the heavyweight bout leading to overtime. Allen took advantage with a late takedown with seconds left to take a 3-1 victory. The Mavericks came up just short in the dual with a score of 19-18, in favor of the Vikings.

MSU returns home on Thursday for a tilt against #10 Upper Iowa. The dual is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start time.

Augustana returns to NSIC action next Saturday, Feb. 7 traveling to Minot, N.D., to take on Minot State at 7 p.m.

#17 Augustana 19, Minnesota State 18
125: #1 TJ North won by sudden victory (5-3) over #7 Da’Wayne Robertson; AC 3, MSU 0
133: Morgan Engbrecht won by major decision (10-2) over Trevor Schultz; AC 7, MSU 0
141: Alphonso Vruno pinned #4 Jeremiah Peterson in 0:33; AC 7, MSU 6
149: Jacob Anderson won by decision (5-0) over Dyan Herman; AC 10, MSU 6
157: #5 Adam Cooling won by sudden victory (4-2) over Bradyn Neises; AC 10, MSU 9
165: Cody Quinn won by decision (6-2) over Parker Swanson; AC 10, MSU 12
174: Darick Vancura won by decision (5-1) over Logan Henning: AC 10, MSU 15
184: Aero Amo pinned Corey Abernathy in 1:21; AC 16, MSU 15
197: #5 Jayd Docken won by decision (4-1) over Scott VanDeLoo; AC 19, MSU 15
285: Malcolm Allen won by sudden victory (3-1) over Michael Lowman; AC 19, MSU 18

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