SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team is set to begin the NSIC duals portion of its schedule when the Vikings take on Northern State on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Elmen Center.
Augustana enters the NSIC dual season with a dual record of 5-2, including a 31-15 win over Northern State on Dec. 3 at the South Dakota Showcase in Spearfish, S.D. Clayton Wahlstrom leads the way for Augustana with 17 wins on the season, followed by Colin Ayers and Ben Kelvington with 13 apiece.
Last Time Out
Augustana competed in the Warrior-Viking Open in Fremont, Neb. this past weekend and had 11 wrestlers place, led by freshman Keaton Schorr (149-unattached) who took first. Regan Bye (165) and Daniel Bishop (184-unattached) each took second at their respective weight classes.
Other Viking placers included: Bruce Lemon Jr. (157-3rd), Ben Kelvington (165-3rd), Lukas Poloncic (174-3rd), Clayton Wahlstrom (197-3rd), Austin Ward (174-4th), Noah North (149-unattached-5th), Hunter Haman (174, 5th) and Luke Nohns (285-5th).
Projected Lineup for Augustana
125 – Brandon Carroll OR Ethan Cota
133 – Jebben Keyes OR Brayden Curry
141 – Colin Ayers OR Austin Jordan
149 – Oscar Ramirez Jr. OR Keaten Schorr
157 – Bruce Lemon Jr.
165 – Regan Bye
174 – Lukas Poloncic
184 – Aero Amo OR Austin Ward
197 – Clayton Wahlstrom
285 – Lane Lettau
Scouting Northern State
The Wolves enter the dual against Augustana with a dual record of 1-3. Northern State’s lone dual win of the season came against Dakota Wesleyan at the South Dakota Showcase in Spearfish, S.D. on Dec. 3.
The Wolves are led this season by Kenny Jones and Blake Perryman. Jones is a redshirt freshman 133-pounds who’s 14-5 on the season with four pins and five tech falls. Perryman is a senior who is 11-2 at 165 pounds on the season with two pins and four tech falls.
Augustana will have next week off before continuing its NSIC schedule with a home matchup against SMSU. The Vikings will take on the Mustangs on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Elmen Center.