SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana wrestling will host the Augustana Duals on Saturday, Dec. 9 with wrestling starting at 10 a.m. in the Elmen Center.
Teams competing in the Augustana Duals include Augustana, SMSU, Drury, Nebraska-Kearney, Morningside, and Northwestern (Iowa). The Vikings are set to dual against each team except for SMSU.
Augustana begins with Drury at 10 a.m., then will take on Northwestern (Iowa) at 11:30 a.m. The Vikings start the afternoon off against Morningside at 1 p.m. and conclude the day with Nebraska-Kearney at 2:30 p.m.
Last weekend, the Vikings opened up the dual portion of their schedule at the South Dakota Showcase in Spearfish, S.D. and went 2-1. Augustana defeated Northern State (31-15) and Dakota Wesleyan (51-6) before falling to South Dakota State (49-0).
Augustana Projected Lineup
125: So. Brandon Carroll OR RFr. Ethan Cota
133: RFr. Jebben Keyes
141: Sr. Austin Jordan OR Jr. Colin Ayers
149: Sr. Oscar Ramirez Jr.
157: So. Bailey Neises OR Sr. Bruce Lemon Jr.
165: Sr. Mitch Rechtzigel OR So. Regan Bye OR RFr. Ben Kelvington
174: Jr. Lukas Poloncic OR So. Hunter Haman
184: Sr. Aero Amo OR RFr. Austin Ward
197: Jr. Clayton Wahlstrom
285: Sr. Lane Lettau or Jr. Luke Nohns
Drury has yet to compete in a dual this season and last season went 3-6 in duals. This season the Panthers in the Dan Harris Open, the Kaufman-Brand Open, the Joe Parisi Open and hosted the Drury Open. The Panthers are led by sophomore Jared Rennick who is ranked 12th nationally at 197 pounds with a record of 8-2.
Scouting Northwestern (Iowa)
Northwestern enters the Augie Duals with a record of 3-0 with wins over Buena Vista (20-18), Briar Cliff (19-17) and Doane (30-14). The Red Raiders are led by D’rell Gist (184 pounds) and Jacob Hergott (133 pounds) with each wrestler sporting a record of 9-4.
Morningside will have its first dual of the season on Dec. 8 against Hastings before trekking up for the Augie Duals. The Mustangs have competed in the Dakota Wesleyan Open, the Nebraska-Kearney Open and the Buena Vista Open. The Mustangs are led by freshman Joey Cannon (285 pounds) who’s 11-4 with seven pins on the season and was last week’s GPAC Wrestler of the Week.
Nebraska-Kearney comes into the Augie Duals with a record of 2-0 with wins over Fresno State (19-17) and San Francisco State (26-19). The Lopers have three wrestlers nationally ranked: Zach Stodden (174 pounds) is ninth, Kevin Barrett (285 pounds) is sixth and Matt Malcom (157 pounds) is tenth.
Augustana Duals Schedule
AUGUSTANA vs. Drury
SMSU vs. Northwestern
Morningside vs. UN-Kearney
AUGUSTANA vs. Northwestern
SMSU vs. Morningside
Drury vs. UN-Kearney
AUGUSTANA vs. Morningside
SMSU vs. UN-Kearney
Drury vs. Northwestern
AUGUSTANA vs. UN-Kearney
SMSU vs. Drury
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.