Augustana Inks Six During Early Signing Period

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana head wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier has announced the signing of six student-athletes during the early signing period.

Hunter Burnett (Pipestone, Minn.), Jack Huffman (Omaha, Neb.), Kolby Kost (Rapid City, S.D.), Jackson Stauffacher (Belle Plaine, Minn.), Michael Suda (Pipestone, Minn.) and Tyler Wagener (Waconia, Minn.) have each signed letters of intent to continue their academic and wrestling careers at Augustana.

stanalogo“All I can say is wow! We are super excited with this early signing class,” coach Jason Reitmeier said of his early signing class. “This is one of the most talented group of student-athletes we have brought in. When you put them with the last two recruiting classes it makes for an exceptional team. We are extremely excited about the future of Augustana Wrestling. Everyone of these young men know they have a long road in front of them but they are ready to embrace it and work hard to get Augustana back on top. We are not done yet, this is just the beginning.”

The first day of the early signing period for collegiate wrestling programs was Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Hunter Burnett | Pipestone, Minn. | Pipestone Area HS | Weight Class: 141
High School: 
Will graduate in May of 2018 … back-to-back undefeated and state championship seasons as a junior and sophomore … two-time winner of the Most Falls award, Most Pins award, and Most Valuable Wrestler … placed third at the JJ classic as a senior

Personal: Son of Aaron and Melissa Burnett … born in Pipestone, Minn. on Nov. 18, 1999 … undecided on major at Augustana

Reitmeier on Burnett: “Hunter is another outstanding lightweight. Hunter has been on our radar since he was a little guy placing at the South Dakota state tournament for Milbank. Now living in Minnesota he is a two-time undefeated state champ. Hunter is extremely confident in wrestling ability and it shows on the mat. Hunter uses his long frame well in situation wrestling and we look forward to seeing him grow into his body. Hunter also takes pride in his academics and always looking to improve in his studies.”

Jack Huffman | Omaha, Neb. | Millard West HS | Weight Class: 133/141
High School: 
Will graduate in May of 2018 … Class A state champion as a sophomore … Class A state runner-up as a junior … Junior Duals Freestyle All-American/All-tournament team …two-time UWW cadet Greco all-American 6th Place … State Freestyle Champion as a sophomore … finished in fifth as a freshman at state

Personal: Son of Todd and Amy Huffman … born in Omaha, Neb. on August 20, 1999 … plans to major in Business Administration or Physical Therapy at Augustana

Reitmeier on Huffman: “We first heard about Jack from former Augie great Ty Copsey and after his recommendation, we were sold on Jack. Jack is solid from every position and has the ability to go big at any moment. Jack is never out of a match which makes him extremely fun to watch and dangerous. He won’t be afraid coming into college because of the quality of competition he has seen. Jack is also an outstanding student.”

Kolby Kost | Rapid City, S.D. | Central HS | Weight Class: 165/174
High School: 
Will graduate in 2018 … Class A state runner-up as a junior … fourth place finish at state as a sophomore … Bismarck Rotary champion as a junior … South Dakota National Fresh/soph dual team member as a sophomore and freshman

Personal: Son of Martie and Jodi Kost … born in Rapid City, S.D. on Sept. 13, 1999 … plans to major in Mathematics at Augustana

Reitmeier on Kost: “Kolby is an absolute brick, chiseled out of granite. He is a fireplug on the mat, pushing the pace and looking to score all the time. He loves jumping around to wrestle the best competition. Kolby is also the ultimate team player, willing to move around for teammates.  That kind of sacrifice is sometimes hard to find in the sport of wrestling. Kolby is a leader by example, we are excited to have that kind of kid in our program. Kolby will also be a Distinguished Scholar at Augustana.”

Jackson Stauffacher | Belle Plaine, Minn. | Belle Plaine HS | Weight Class: 125/133
High School:
 Will graduate in June of 2018 … two-time state runner-up … 119-20 career record to date … two-time All-Conference and Section champ … three-time placer at the Rumble on the Red … fourth at state as a freshman

Personal: Son of Jerold and Kathi Stauffacher … born in Belle Plaine, Minn. on Sept. 15, 1999 … plans to major  in International Business/Business Administration at Augustana

Reitmeier on Stauffacher: “Jackson brings a tough, confident attitude to the our program. He grinds out matches and wrestles a collegiate style already, which should translate over well. Jackson is coached by his dad at Scott West, and Scott has one of the most successful programs in Minnesota that produces many quality collegiate wrestlers. Jackson is another outstanding wrestler coming out of that program and  is also an exceptional student.”

Michael Suda | Pipestone, Minn. | Pipestone Area HS | Weight Class: 125/133
High School: 
Will graduate in May of 2018 … two-time state champ and three-time state finalist … 187 career wins to this point, which is a school record … two-time All-State honoree and three-time All-Conference … Academic All-State as a junior

Personal: Son of Jason and Erin Gordon … born in Ethiopia on Feb. 21, 2000 … plans to Biology (pre-Med) at Augustana

Reitmeier on Suda: “Michael is an exceptional athlete. He is quick, explosive and strong and can score points in a hurry.  He is very laid back and quiet until he gets on a wrestling mat, then his personality comes out! Michael is very competitive in the classroom, also, which is exactly what we are looking for in a student-athlete.”

Tyler Wagener | Waconia, Minn. | Waconia HS | Weight Class: 157/165
High School:
 Will graduate in June of 2018 … Class AA state champion as a junior … five-time varsity wrestler … 115 career wins to date … state runner-up as a freshman and took third as a sophomore … three-time Section 2AA champ … two-time Rumble on the Red runner-up … two-time MSHSL Academic All-State

Personal: Son of Kelly and Jonie Wagener … born in Waconia, Minn. on May 10, 2000 … plans to major in Education or Business at Augustana

Reitmeier on Wagener: “We are excited to have Tyler join our wrestling team. Tyler has a great style that brings good technique along with exceptional scrambling ability together for an exciting style. We really believe Tyler hasn’t even tapped into his full potential. I think Tyler has wrestled over the years with a chip on his shoulder, with people always overlooking him. We think he has the ability and confident attitude to do great things at Augustana.”

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