SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team will wrap up its home dual schedule with a pair of NSIC duals at the Elmen Center of Feb. 2 and 3.
The Vikings will honor their seniors with Senior Night on Friday against Minot State at 7 p.m. under the spotlight. Augustana concludes the weekend with U-Mary on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Parents Day.
Senior Aero Amo leads Augustana as the lone Viking ranked in the NWCA DII Individual Rankings that came out on Jan. 18. Amo sits at No. 7 at 184 pounds with a record of 6-2 and a dual record of 6-1 (4-0 NSIC) on the season. As a team, Augustana is receiving votes in the NWCA DII Top-25 Poll.
Clayton Wahlstrom leads the team with 19 wins at 197 pounds and Oscar Ramirez Jr. has the top dual record of 10-1 at 149 pounds. Amo, Ramirez Jr., and Regan Bye are each a perfect 4-0 in NSIC duals this season.
Last Time Out
Augustana (9-2, 4-0 NSIC) remained undefeated in NSIC duals with a 17-13 upset victory over No. 16 Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. last Thursday. Augustana defeated three of four ranked Maverick wrestlers and won the final three matches to take the dual.
Oscar Ramirez Jr. (149), Aero Amo (184) and Clayton Wahlstrom (197) each knocked off ranked opponents and Amo and Wahlstrom took down returning All-Americans. Luke Nohns closed out the dual with a 2-0 decision at heavyweight to secure the Viking victory.
Keaten Schorr (141) and Regan Bye (165) also picked up decisions.
Projected Lineup for Augustana
125 – Brandon Carroll OR Ethan Cota
133 – Brayden Curry
141 – Keaten Schorr OR Austin Jordan
149 – Oscar Ramirez Jr.
157 – Bailey Neises OR Bruce Lemon Jr.
165 – Regan Bye OR Ben Kelvington
174 – Lukas Poloncic
184 – Aero Amo OR Austin Ward
197 – Clayton Wahlstrom
285 – Luke Nohns OR Lane Lettau
Scouting Minot State
Minot State comes to Sioux Falls with a dual record of 2-12 (0-4 NSIC) on the season. The Beavers traveled to Kutztown, Pa. for the Kutztown Duals last weekend and went 0-5. Minot State was led by Keegan Berry at 184 pounds who was a perfect 5-0 on the weekend.
The Beavers are led by senior heavyweight Mitch Eull. Eull is 20-3 on the season and holds a dual record of 12-1.
U-Mary enters the weekend with a dual record of 5-5 (2-2 NSIC) and will take on SMSU on Friday before traveling to Augustana on Saturday. Last weekend, the Marauders defeated MSU Moorhead 19-16 in Moorhead, Minn.
The Marauders have a trio of ranked wrestlers leading the way with Tate Barnhardt, Rudy Guillen, and Phillip Springsteen. Barnhardt, a junior at 133 pounds, is 22-5 on the season. Also a junior, Guillen holds a record of 16-2 at 149 pounds. Redshirt freshman Phillip Springsteen rounds out the trio with a 20-5 record at 165 pounds.
The Vikings hit the road next week, traveling to Fayette, Iowa to take on No. 6 Upper Iowa. The dual is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.