Vikings Remain Unbeaten in NSIC Duals with Upset of No. 16 Minnesota State
MANKATO, Minn. – Augustana (9-2, 4-0 NSIC) faced an uphill climb when they set out for Mankato, Minn. on Thursday night. The Mavericks of Minnesota State brought in the No. 16 ranked squad in DII and four individually ranked wrestlers while Augustana was unranked with only one ranked wrestler. The Vikings rose above the challenge, winning three of the four against ranked wrestlers and upsetting No. 16 Minnesota State, 17-13.
Oscar Ramirez Jr. scored the first upset of the dual at 149 pounds. Ramirez Jr. took down No. 11 Kyle Rathman by a 5-4 decision. Ramirez Jr. moved to 10-1 in duals on the season as the Vikings trailed 7-6 through four matches.
Trailing 13-8 after seven matches, Augustana would win the final three matches with two wins against ranked opponents. At 184 pounds was a battle of All-Americans and ranked wrestlers. No. 7 Aero Amo came out victorious with a 6-5 decision over No. 6 Corey Abernathy.
Augustana took its first lead of the dual when Clayton Wahlstrom upset No. 9 Matthew Blome at 197 pounds. Wahlstrom won by a 6-5 decision and shifted the momentum the Vikings way. Luke Nohns sealed the deal at heavyweight with a 2-0 decision over Chris Zimmer. Nohns rode out Zimmer for the entire third period and gave the Vikings the 17-13 victory.
Keaten Schorr put the Vikings on the board at 141 pounds with an 8-2 decision over Louie Sanders. Regan Bye remained unbeaten in NSIC duals with an 8-6 decision over Seth Elwood at 165 pounds.
Minnesota State will next face St. Cloud State Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Taylor Center on Senior Day.
The Vikings return home next weekend to take on Minot State and U-Mary. Augustana will celebrate Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 2 against Minot State at 7 p.m. in the Elmen Center. Augustana will have its final home contest of the season against U-Mary on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
Augustana 17 Minnesota State 13
125: Andrew McFall (MSU) Major Dec. over Brandon Carroll (AU) 17-4 | MSU 4 – AU 0
133: George Farmah (MSU) Dec. over Braden Curry (AU) 8-3 | MSU 7 – AU 0
141: Keaten Schorr (AU) Dec. over Louie Sanders (MSU) 8-2 | MSU 7 – AU 3
149: Oscar Ramirez Jr. (AU) Dec. over Kyle Rathman (MSU) 5-4 | MSU 7 – AU 6
157: Daniel Close (MSUM) Dec. over Bruce Lemon (AU) 4-3 | MSU 10 – AU 6
165: Regan Bye (AU) Dec. over Seth Elwood (MSU) 8-6 | MSU 10 – AU 8
174: Zach Johnston (MSU) Dec. Over Lukas Poloncic (AU) 10-4 | MSU 13 – AU 8
184: Aero Amo (AU) Dec. over Corey Abernathy (MSU) 6-5 | MSU 13 – AU 11
197: Clayton Wahlstrom (AU) Dec. over Matt Blome (MSU) 7-4 | AU 14- MSU 13
Hwt: Luke Hohns (AU) Dec. over Chris Zimmer (MSU) 2-0 | AU 17 – MSU 13