Vikings Ready to Rumble With No. 19 Upper Iowa

SIOUX FALLS – Three straight wins to their credit, the Augustana wrestling team tries to make it four in-a-row on Sunday, when the Vikings host No. 19 Upper Iowa in the Elmen Center at 2 p.m.

The Vikings enter their lone match of the week with a 3-1 overall record in duals, with a 2-1 mark in the Northern Sun after posting a 27-12 win at home over MSU Moorhead last Thursday, and a 28-9 win at Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday. The winning streak started with a dominating 54-0 win over Dakota State on Jan. 9.

The Peacocks, who entered the week ranked No. 19, and come to Sioux Falls on Sunday after taking on MSUM on Saturday, hit the road with a 5-4 overall dual record and the same 2-1 conference mark at Augustana.

Upper Iowa opened NSIC action on Dec. 6, with a convincing 33-11 home win over Minot State, and then fell 18-17 at No. 9 Minnesota State last Thursday before rebounding with a 25-8 win at SMSU on Friday.

The Vikings won the last meeting with Upper Iowa in the Elmen Center, 19-16, on Feb. 5, 2017, when the Peacocks came in ranked No. 19, but the visitors lead the all-time series 9-3, which includes a 22-15 win last season in Fayette against the sixth-ranked Peacocks.

Following Sunday’s match, the Vikings remain at home to host Minnesota State on Friday, Feb. 1, and then travel to Minot State on Feb. 10, for their final road match of the season before returning home to host defending national champion St. Cloud State in the regular season finale on Thursday, Feb. 14.

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

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