Vikings and Dragons Square up on Thursday

Match is set for 7 p.m. in the Elmen Center

SIOUX FALLS – Fresh off a dominating win over Dakota Wesleyan in its home-opener last week, the Augustana wrestling team returns to Northern Sun Conference action on Thursday, when the Vikings host MSU Moorhead at 7 p.m., in the Elmen Center.

The Vikings hope to build on their 54-0 win over the Tigers last Wednesday when they won all five matches, and then added five more forfeit victories to even their dual record at 1-1.

The match opened with a 14-11 decision win for Tyler Wagener at 157 lbs. and then at 165 lbs., Jackson Sweeney followed with a 14-3 major decision to stake the Vikings to a 9-0 lead.

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It only got better from there, as the Vikings got a pin from Lukas Poloncic at 174 lbs., a technical fall from Daniel Bishop at 184 lbs., before Brayden Curry wrapped up the night with a pin at 133 lbs.

The Dragons come to Sioux Falls with a 2-5 overall dual record, with both of those wins coming in NSIC action, and with one loss in conference, which came in a 24-10 defeat at No. 24 U-Mary last Friday in Bismarck.

A comfortable 25-12 home win over Northern State marked the conference opener for MSUM on Nov. 30, bookended by a 24-13 win at Minot State last Saturday.

Thursday’s match marks the 21st meeting between the Vikings and Dragons on the mat, with Augustana holding a 19-1 all-time advantage in the series, which dates back to the 1978-79 season, and includes each of the last 14 meetings, all 10 NSIC meetings, and a 30-12 Augie win last season in Moorhead, Minn.

The last win for the Dragons came in a 42-10 affair ruing the 1997-98 season.

MSU-Moorhead at Augustana Live Video

Following Thursday’s dual, the Vikings head to Marshall, Minn., to meet Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, Jan. 19, and then return home for a pair of duals, starting with Upper Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 27, and Minnesota State on Friday, Feb. 1.

Probable Lineup vs. MSUM
125: Ethan Cota
133: Brayden Curry
141: Jebben Keyes
149: Tyler Wagener
157: Colin Ayers
165: Jackson Sweeney
174: Lukas Poloncic
184: Daniel Bishop
197: Clayton Wahlstrom
285: Matt Naig

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