No. 14 Vikings cap off comeback with win – Augustana won five of final seven matches
MINOT, N.D. — Following a loss on Saturday to U-Mary, the No. 14 Augustana wrestling team bounced back in a major way on Sunday and took a 21-18 victory over Minot State.
The win brings the Vikings’ dual record to 5-3 overall, and to 4-3 in Northern Sun action, while Minot State falls to 5-10 overall, with a 2-6 NSIC record.
Early on in Sunday’s match, the Beavers sprinted out to a 12-0 lead after three matches before the Vikings got their first win. But the Vikings would go on a run of their own over the course of the final seven matches. Tyler Wagener gave Augustana their first win of the day at 149 lbs., taking an 8-5 decision over Tanner Crissler. Wagener put together a six-point second period to seal the victory.
Colin Ayers was next up at 157 lbs. for the Vikings and won in a 5-2 decision over Zachary Berry to cut the Minot State lead to 12-6. The Vikings made it three-in-a-row when Jackson Sweeney faced off against Nathan Baca at 165 lbs. The redshirt sophomore entered the third period trailing 1-0, but put up five points in the period on an escape and two takedowns for a 5-2 winning decision.
At 174 lbs. No. 12 Lukas Poloncic bounced back from a defeat last night to pin Anthony Raupp in the third period to give the Vikings the boost into the driver’s seat at 15-12. Following a defeat at 184 lbs., the score was tied at 15-15 before No. 9 Clayton Wahlstrom hit the mat against Je-Mario Jones. The redshirt senior would make quick work of Jones, pinning him at the 4:30 mark of the match to give the Vikings a 21-15 lead going into the final match.
Augustana fell in the final match by decision, but they came out with a 21-18 win in the end to cap off a comeback.
The Vikings return to action on Thursday when they play host to the number one team in DII, the St. Cloud State Huskies in a faceoff of two ranked teams.
Augustana 21 Minot State 18
125: Dean Arevalo (Minot St.) over Ethan Cota (Augie) (Dec 10-7)
133: Oscar Nellis (Minot St.) over (Augie) (For.)
141: Jered Sublet (Minot St.) over Jebben Keyes (Augie) (Dec 9-6)
149: Tyler Wagener (Augie) over Tanner Crissler (Minot St.) (Dec 8-5)
157: Colin Ayers (Augie) over Zachary Berry (Minot St.) (Dec 5-2)
165: Jackson Sweeney (Augie) over Nathan Baca (Minot St.) (Dec 5-2)
174: Lukas Poloncic (Augie) over Anthony Raupp (Minot St.) (Fall 5:50)
184: Keegan Berry (Minot St.) over Daniel Bishop (Augie) (Dec 5-1)
197: Clayton Wahlstrom (Augie) over Je-Mario Jones (Minot St.) (Fall 4:30)
285: Jordan Will (Minot St.) over Matt Naig (Augie) (Dec 3-0)