Vikings Set to Grapple with the Best in the State at the South Dakota Showcase

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana wrestling returns after a two-week layoff to open the dual portion of its schedule at the South Dakota Showcase in Spearfish, S.D. on Sunday, Dec. 3. The South Dakota Showcase will be held at Spearfish High School with matches beginning at 12 p.m. (CT).

The Vikings kick off the showcase at 12 p.m. (CT) against fellow NSIC foe, Northern State, in a non-conference matchup on mat two. At 1:30 p.m. (CT) Augustana will take on Dakota Wesleyan on mat two. The Vikings conclude the dual against South Dakota State on mat one at 3 p.m. (CT).

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. OR RFr. Jackson Sweeney
165: Sr. Mitch Rechtzigel OR So. Regan Bye OR RFr. Ben Kelvington
174: Jr. Lukas Poloncic OR So. Hunter Haman
184: Sr. Aero Amo
197: Jr. Clayton Wahlstrom
285: Sr. Lane Lettau or Jr. Luke Nohns

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The Vikings last saw action at the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Nov. 11, where Augustana had six placers. Sophomore Brandon Carroll and freshman Daniel Bishop (unattached) each were finalists and finished in second. Bailey Neises (third), Clayton Wahlstrom (fourth), Colin Ayers (sixth) and Bruce Lemon Jr. (sixth) also placed.

Scouting Northern State
The Wolves have yet to have a dual on the season and have competed at the Jamestown Open, Dakota Wesleyan Open and the Cobber Open. Northern State is led by freshman Kenny Jones (133 pounds) and junior Blake Perryman (165 pounds).

Scouting Dakota Wesleyan
The Tigers have dropped both of their dual matches on the season to Doane (37-13) and Concordia (Neb.) (55-0). Dakota Wesleyan is led by freshman Stas Sutera at 133 pounds with a record of 6-7.

Scouting South Dakota State
The Jackrabbits enter the showcase with a dual record of 0-2, having been defeated by Minnesota (20-12) and Arizona State (25-13). South Dakota State ranks 17th in the NWCA/USA Today Division I poll and has four wrestlers individually ranked.

Junior Seth Gross at 133 pounds ranks first in Division I, senior Nate Rotert sits in seventh at 197 pounds, senior David Kocer at 174 pounds is ranked 10th and senior Luke Zilverberg rounds out the ranked Jackrabbits sitting in 11th at 157 pounds.

Vikings in the Rankings
The Augustana wrestling team is ranked in a tie for 21st in the first regular season edition of NCAA Division II National Poll. The Vikings were sitting in a tie for 23rd in the preseason rankings.

Augustana has two wrestlers individually ranked. Senior Aero Amo comes in at third at 184 pounds and sophomore Brandon Carroll is listed at No. 7 at 125 pounds.

Up Next
The Vikings will host the Augustana Duals on Saturday, Dec. 9 with duals beginning at 10 a.m.

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