Vikings Travel to Moorhead for the Finn Grinaker Open

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For the third straight weekend, the Augustana wrestling team will hit the road. This weekend they will travel to Moorhead, Minn. for the Finn Grinaker Open on Saturday, Nov. 17. The all-day event begins at 9 a.m. and will take place Memorial Auditorium on Concordia College’s campus.

In their last action, the Vikings had ten individuals place at the Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell, S.D. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

stanalogoRedshirt freshman Daniel Bishop went 4-0 on the day to take first at 184 pounds. Bishop picked up a tech fall and a major decision en route to the first place match where he defeated Dylan Huntoon of Buena Vista (Iowa) by tech fall (16-0).

A pair of freshmen Hunter Burnett (141 lbs unattached) and Steven Hajas (285 lbs unattached) both went 4-1 to claim second in their respective weight classes at the DWU open. Burnett used a major decision in the semifinal over St. Cloud’s Travis Swanson to make it to the finals before falling to Northern State’s Colton Roth. Hajas picked up two falls and a major decision on his way to the finals, where he would fall to St. Cloud State’s Zachary Muller.

Redshirt senior Colin Ayers went 5-2 on the day at 157 pounds, finishing fourth on Saturday including a hard-fought sudden victory win in the consolation semifinals to earn his way into the third-place match.

Freshman Kolby Kost (174 lbs unattached) went 3-2, which was good for a fourth-place finish. Kost picked up two tech falls and a major decision in his victories. Redshirt junior Bailey Neises went 4-2 to finish fourth at 165 pounds. The redshirt junior won by major decision in the consolation semifinals before losing a 5-2 decision to Devin Donovan of St. Cloud State in the third-place match.

Junior Brandon Carroll (unattached) went 4-2 at 133 pounds defeating teammate sophomore Brayden Curry (unattached) in the fifth-place match in an 11-10 decision. Redshirt senior Luke Nohns went 4-2 at 285 pounds picking up two falls on the way to the fifth-place match where he won by rule over Concordia (Neb.) Michael Stann.

Curry (unattached) and redshirt freshman Noah North both finished 3-3 in Mitchell and took sixth in their respective weight classes of 133 and 149 pounds.

Following the Finn Grinaker Open this weekend, the Vikings will have a weekend off over Thanksgiving and resume their open schedule Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open in Kenosha, Wis. The first chance for Viking fans to catch the team at home is Jan. 9 when they host Dakota Wesleyan at 7 p.m.

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