SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The red-hot Augustana wrestling team hits the road for an NSIC dual for the first time this weekend. The Vikings will take on the Dragons of MSU Moorhead Saturday at 3 p.m. in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The Vikings were selected to finish fourth in the 2019-20 NSIC Wrestling Preseason Poll, while the Dragons were selected to finish ninth. Currently, both squads are ranked in the top-10 in the Super Region 5 standings, with Augustana in third with 54 votes and MSU Moorhead in tenth with 13 votes. Saturday’s match will be the first road dual against a Division II opponent for the Vikings and the second of a four-dual home stretch for the Dragons.
MSU Moorhead currently holds an 0-3 record with losses to Northern State and UW-Parkside on the road and a home loss to Southwest Minnesota State last Saturday. The Dragons will wrestle on back-to-back days this week as they take on the Beavers of Minot State on Friday, before Augustana’s visit to Moorhead on Saturday.
Augustana is currently riding a four-dual win streak that includes an undefeated home record and three-consecutive victories over nationally-ranked Division II opponents. The Vikings two losses have both come to Division I schools.
Junior Ben Kelvington and sophomore Daniel Bishop are currently 4-0 during the Viking’s win streak. Three of Kelvington’s four wins have been major decisions and Bishop logged one fall during the stretch. Redshirt freshman Hunter Burnett joins Kelvington and Bishop as the only Vikings to be undefeated during the win streak with a 3-0 record.
Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables)
125- Ethan Cota
133- Jack Huffman
141- Hunter Burnett
149- Jebben Keyes OR Noah North
157- Jacob Tvinnereim
165- Dylan Schuck OR Bailey Neises
174- Ben Kelvington
184- Kolby Kost OR Tanner Brengle
197- Daniel Bishop
285- Steven Hajas
Wt. – MSU Moorhead Dragons (Probables)
125- Cameron Williams
133- Joey Nerdahl
141- Mason Schulz
149- Zach Scott
157- Tell Ward
165- Justin Dravis
174- Evan Foster
184- Mitch Kotschevar
197- Logan Rhode
285- Jordan Magnuson
Wrestler to Watch
Redshirt freshman Steven Hajas won the electrifying must-win match last Thursday for the Vikings in their win against Northern State. Hajas has won three of his last four decisions and has six falls so far this season.
One Last Thing
After the completion of their dual with MSU Moorhead, the Vikings will already be halfway done with their dual season. Just seven opponents will remain for Augustana, three of them being ranked opponents and three of them being at the Elmen Center.