Augustana 25, Upper Iowa 9

Augustana wrestling downs No. 10 Upper Iowa 25-9 on Thursday night

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana College wrestling won its 11th straight dual with a 25-9 victory over No. 10 Upper Iowa on Thursday night at the Elmen Center. The Vikings took seven of the 10 bouts to improve to 18-4 on the season, 7-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Peacocks’ drop to 11-3 on the year, and a 6-1 mark in the NSIC.

The Peacocks opened the dual in control, winning the 184-pound bout by fifth-ranked Blake Sorensen. No. 5 Jayd Docken secured the Viking victory at the 197-pound match pinning Richard Briggs in 3:30. Michael Lowman battled Logan Hopp in the heavyweight division sending it into the seventh period where Lowman recorded a takedown with seconds to go to win by a score of 4-2.

Augustana VikingsTJ North showed off his No. 1 ranking in style with a 12-4 major decision over Garrett Wangsness. The Vikings jumped ahead early in the dual against Upper Iowa with a 13-3 lead. At 133, Morgan Engbrecht handled his opponent with a 6-3 decision, followed by Jeremiah Peterson keeping the momentum on Augustana’s side winning a 7-3 decision over Jordan Roths in the 141-pound match.

Faced with the challenge ahead, Shawn Hatlestad dominated the 157-pound bout over fourth-ranked Jordan Rinken. Hatlestad won by a sudden victory of 3-1 to give the Vikings their seventh consecutive bout win and a 25-3 lead.

The Peacocks Colbey Vance (165 pounds) and Dalton Westerlund (174 pounds) both took the final matches to add six more points to their score, but the victory was achieved by a 25-9 margin in favor of Augustana.

The Vikings will close-out regular season hosting No. 1 St. Cloud State on Friday, Feb. 20 in hopes of capturing its second NSIC title. Augustana won the NSIC title in 2010-11.

Augustana 25, No. 10 Upper Iowa 9
184: #5 Blake Sorensen won by decision (6-5) over Aero Amo; AC 0, UIU 3
197: #5 Jayd Docken pinned Richard Briggs in 3:30; AC 6, UIU 3
285: Michael Lowman won by sudden victory (4-2) over Logan Hopp; AC 9, UIU 3
125: #1 TJ North won by major decision (12-4) over Garrett Wangsness; AC 13, UIU 3
133: Morgan Engbrecht won by decision (6-3) over Matt Paulus; AC 16, UIU 3
141: Jeremiah Peterson won by decision (7-3) over Jordan Roths; AC 19, UIU 3
149: Jacob Anderson won by decision (6-2) over Trevor Duke; AC 22, UIU 3
157: Shawn Hatlestad won by sudden victory (3-1) over #4 Jordan Rinken; AC 25, UIU 3
165: Colbey Vance won by decision (4-3) over Parker Swanson; AC 25, UIU 6
174: Dalton Westerlund won by sudden victory (4-2) over Tim Weber; AC 25, UIU 9

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