The Vikings Had Four First Place Finishers
MOORHEAD, MINN.– Competing on the road for the third straight week, the Augustana wrestling team traveled to Moorhead, Minn. Saturday for the Finn Grinaker Open. Overall, 16 of the 18 Vikings participating placed.
The Vikings had four champions including Colin Ayers (157lbs), Jack Huffman (unattached 133lbs), Kolby Kost (unattached 174lbs), and Steven Hajas (unattached 285lbs). The two-second place finishers for the Vikings were Brandon Carroll (unattached 133lbs) and Jackson Sweeney (165lbs). Augustana’s third-place finishers were Ethan Cota (125lbs), Jebben Keyes (141lbs), and Clayton Wahlstrom (197lbs). The three fourth-place finishers for the Vikings were Dylan Schuck (165lbs), Matt Naig (285lbs), and Jacob Tvinnereim (unattached 157lbs). Noah North (149 lbs) finished fifth and Taylor Jeffries (unattached 133lbs), Daniel Bishop (184lbs), and Jarret Haglund (unattached 285lbs) all finished sixth in their weight classes.
Augustana was led by redshirt senior Colin Ayers who went 5-0 on the day to take first at 157 pounds. Ayers picked up three major decisions on his way to the title match where he defeated Northern State’s Walker Carr by decision (8-3).
Freshman Jack Huffman went 4-0 at 133 pounds, picking up a fall and three decisions in the championship effort. Another freshman, Kolby Kost went 5-0 in an impressive showing picking up a major decision by way of two falls, and two tech falls including one in the championship match. Steven Hajas went 3-0 on the day at 285 pounds. The freshman used a major decision and a fall to reach the title match where he defeated Northland C&T’s Andre Baguma in a 6-0 decision.
Junior Brandon Carroll went 2-1 on the day to finish second at 133 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Jackson Sweeney got wins in two close matches to earn his way to the 165-pound championship match where he would fall to Devin Donovan of St. Cloud State in a 5-2 decision.
Redshirt sophomore Ethan Cota finished 2-2 on the day to take third at 125 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Jebben Keyes had a 3-1 afternoon at 141, pounds pinning two opponents en route to a third-place finish. At 197 pounds, redshirt senior Clayton Wahlstrom finished the day 3-2 with two major decision victories in his third-place finish.
The Vikings three fourth-place finishers Dylan Schuck, Matt Naig and Jacob Tvinnereim who all went 2-2 on the day. Redshirt freshman Noah North’s 2-2 day was good for a fifth-place finish at 149 pounds.
Sixth place finishers included junior Taylor Jeffries (0-3), redshirt freshman Daniel Bishop (2-3), and freshman Jarret Haglund (1-3).
The Vikings will have next weekend off for Thanksgiving and resume their open schedule Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open in Kenosha, Wis. The all-day event will begin at 9 a.m.
Vikings at the Finn Grinaker Open
125 – Ethan Cota: 2-2, Third
133 – Brandon Carroll (unattached): 2-1, Second
133 – Brayden Curry (unattached): 0-2
133- Taylor Jeffries (unattached: 1-3, Sixth
133- Jack Huffman (unattached): 4-0, First
141 -Hunter Burnett (unattached): 0-2
141- Jebben Keyes: 3-1, Third
149 – Noah North: 2-2, Fifth
157- Colin Ayers 5-0, First
157- Jacob Tvinnereim (unattached): 2-2, Fourth
165- Jackson Sweeney 2-1, Second
165 – Dylan Schuck: 2-2, Fourth
174- Kolby Kost (unattached): 5-0, First
184 – Daniel Bishop: 2-3, Sixth
197 – Clayton Wahlstrom: 3-2, Third
285- Steven Hajas (unattached): 3-0, First
285- Jarret Haglund (unattached): 1-3, Sixth
285 – Matt Naig: 2-2, Fourth