Vikings Go 3-1 at the Augustana Duals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team turned in a solid day, as the Vikings hosted four duals at the Augustana Duals. Even with the Vikings being open at 133 pounds during the Augie Duals, Augustana went on to take three out of the four duals at the Elmen Center on Saturday.

Augustana kicked off the duals with a 26-15 win over regional opponent Drury. Besides being open at 133 pounds, the Vikings went on to win the other nine matches in duals against Northwestern (Iowa) (35-6) and Morningside (37-6). Augustana fell in the final dual to No. 23 Nebraska-Kearney, 28-12.

The Vikings were led by senior Oscar Ramirez Jr. who went 4-0 on the day with two decisions, a major decision and a forfeit victory at 149 pounds. The Vikings also went unbeaten at the 157 and 165-pound weight classes. Bailey Neises (2-0) and Bruce Lemon Jr. (2-0) ran the table at 157 and Regan Bye (2-0), Ben Kelvington (1-0 at 165, 1-0 at 184) and Mitch Rechtzigel (1-0) held down the fort at 165.

Augustana 26, Drury 15
The Vikings started the Augustana Duals by taking down Drury, 26-15. Ethan Cota started the dual off with a second-period tech fall at 125 pounds. After taking forfeiting at 133, the Vikings reeled off four straight wins, highlighted by Oscar Ramirez Jr.’s major decision at 149.

After falling at 174 and 184, the Vikings concluded the dual with a tech fall by Clayton Wahlstrom at 197 and a decision at 285 by Lane Lettau.

Augustana 35, Northwestern (Iowa) 6
The only match Augustana would drop to Northwestern (Iowa), would be a forfeit at 133 as the Vikings defeated the Red Raiders, 35-6. Cota again kicked off the match with a bonus point victory with a major decision at 125 pounds.

Austin Jordan (141), Mitch Rechtzigel (165), Lukas Poloncic (174) and Clayton Wahlstrom also notched major decisions against the Red Raiders. Luke Nohns (285) picked up Augustana’s lone fall on the day.

Augustana 37, Morningside 6
For the second straight match, the Vikings would only drop a forfeit at 133 in their victory over Morningside, 37-6. Cota (125), Jordan (141) and Ramirez Jr. (149) started the dual off with decision victories.

After that the Vikings turned it up at the middle weights, reeling off five straight bonus-point wins, including a string of three straight tech falls by Ben Kelvington (165), Poloncic (174) and Hunter Haman (184).

Nebraska-Kearney 28, Augustana 12
Augustana capped off the day by falling to No. 23 Nebraska-Kearney, 28-12, with the Vikings going open at 133 and 184 pounds. Ramirez Jr. picked up a forfeit win at 149 to cap off a four-win day and Bailey Neises (157) and Regan Bye (165) earned decisions for the Viking victories for the dual.

Next Up
Next weekend the Vikings travel to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Midwest Classic on Dec. 16-17. The opponents and times for Augustana’s matches are TBA.

Augustana 26, Drury 15
125: Ethan Cota (AUSD) over Bryant Clay (Drur) (TF 16-0 4:11)
133: Max Newbury (Drur) over (AUSD) (For.)
141: Colin Ayers (AUSD) over Lawyer Morgan-Beckum (Drur) (Dec 5-3)
149: Oscar Ramirez-Hernandez Jr (AUSD) over Cory Pych (Drur) (MD 9-1)
157: Bailey Neises (AUSD) over Ben Stahlman (Drur) (Dec 4-3)
165: Regan Bye (AUSD) over Grant Taylor (Drur) (Dec 8-2)
174: Jacob Brune (Drur) over Lukas Poloncic (AUSD) (Dec 6-2)
184: John Oss (Drur) over Hunter Haman (AUSD) (Fall 0:39)
197: Clayton Wahlstrom (AUSD) over Charlie Terrana (Drur) (TF 17-2 7:00)
285: Lane Lettau (AUSD) over Ben Melton (Drur) (Dec 2-0)

Augustana 35, Northwestern (Iowa) 6
125: Ethan Cota (AUSD) over Marcus Tucker (NOIO) (MD 10-2)
133: Cole Mills (NOIO) over (AUSD) (For.)
141: Austin Jordan (AUSD) over Elijah Dahl (NOIO) (MD 13-5)
149: Oscar Ramirez-Hernandez Jr (AUSD) over Dante Preciado (NOIO) (Dec 4-2)
157: Bruce Lemon (AUSD) over Dan Zeleny (NOIO) (Dec 8-2)
165: Mitchell Rechtzigel (AUSD) over Bennett Sikkink (NOIO) (MD 12-3)
174: Lukas Poloncic (AUSD) over Brandon Shuler (NOIO) (MD 12-2)
184: Ben Kelvington (AUSD) over D`rell Gist (NOIO) (Dec 6-5)
197: Clayton Wahlstrom (AUSD) over Nicholas Null (NOIO) (MD 15-4)
285: Luke Nohns (AUSD) over Andrew Poumele (NOIO) (Fall 1:09)

Augustana 37, Morningside 6
125: Ethan Cota (AUSD) over Devin Phaly (MOIO) (Dec 6-1)
133: Maren Cahill (MOIO) over (AUSD) (For.)
141: Austin Jordan (AUSD) over Dusten Reed (MOIO) (Dec 6-3)
149: Oscar Ramirez-Hernandez Jr (AUSD) over Steven Garcia (MOIO) (Dec 3-1)
157: Bruce Lemon (AUSD) over Keagan Putnam (MOIO) (MD 12-0)
165: Ben Kelvington (AUSD) over Lane Nichols (MOIO) (TF 16-0 4:51)
174: Lukas Poloncic (AUSD) over Alexander Thompson (MOIO) (TF 16-1 5:12)
184: Hunter Haman (AUSD) over Elijah Dirkx (MOIO) (TF 16-0 3:00)
197: Clayton Wahlstrom (AUSD) over (MOIO) (For.)
285: Luke Nohns (AUSD) over Phil Rasmussen (MOIO) (Dec 4-2)

UN-Kearney 28 Augustana 12
125: Vlad Kazakov (NEKE) over Ethan Cota (AUSD) (MD 9-1)
133: Wesley Dawkins (NEKE) over (AUSD) (For.)
141: Jonathan Killingsworth (NEKE) over Colin Ayers (AUSD) (Dec 7-4)
149: Oscar Ramirez-Hernandez Jr (AUSD) over (NEKE) (For.)
157: Bailey Neises (AUSD) over Seth Harrington (NEKE) (Dec 7-2)
165: Regan Bye (AUSD) over Talon Seitz (NEKE) (Dec 6-2)
174: Zach Stodden (NEKE) over Lukas Poloncic (AUSD) (Dec 9-6)
184: Isaac Deaton (NEKE) over (AUSD) (For.)
197: Trey Schlender (NEKE) over Clayton Wahlstrom (AUSD) (Dec 7-2)
285: Jarrod Hinrichs (NEKE) over Lane Lettau (AUSD) (Dec 8-2)

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