Seniors earn a spot on the second team
BURNSVILLE, MINN. — The 2018-19 NSIC Wrestling All-Conferences teams were announced as the regular season concluded last week. Two Viking student-athletes were named to the NSIC All-Conference wrestling team on Thursday as Lukas Poloncic and Clayton Wahlstrom earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Twenty wrestlers represent the prestigious group in the NSIC.
Poloncic earned a spot on the second team after an impressive senior season at 174 lbs. posting a record of 15-8 overall, with an 8-1 record in duals. The Gillette, Wyo. native took down a pair of ranked opponents during the dual season by defeating then No. 4 ranked Zach Johnston of Minnesota State and No. 2 Kolton Eischens of St. Cloud State.
Wahlstrom finished the regular season with a record of 26-12 overall, with an 8-1 duals record at 197 lbs to earn a spot on the second team. The senior defeated his first eight opponents during the duals season to help the Vikings to a 5-4 record. Earlier this year, Wahlstrom also helped the Vikings knock off then No. 19 Upper Iowa with a 3-1 decision over then No. 9 Nick Baumler.
Both redshirt seniors, Wahlstrom and Poloncic were also key in a comeback against Minot State earlier this season. Trailing late in the match, the pair both recorded falls in two of the final four matches for a comeback, 21-18 win.
The NSIC Wrestler of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year will be selected by the league coaches following the NCAA Championships. St. Cloud State, which won its eighth straight NSIC Regular Season Championship, led the way with nine All-NSIC members, including six first team members.
Augustana now travels to Moorhead, Minn. on Saturday for the NCAA Super Regional V tournament. Super Regional V is made up of the nine NSIC wrestling institutions and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.