Vikings Set To Compete Twice This Week

Augustana takes on Northwestern College and No. 10 Upper Iowa

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team puts its six-dual win streak and undefeated conference record on the line this week in a couple of road duals. The Vikings take on the Red Raiders of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, Thursday at 7:30 and the No. 10 ranked Peacocks of Upper Iowa in Fayette, Iowa, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Thursday’s dual serves as Augustana’s last nonconference dual of the season and its first nonconference dual against a Division II opponent. Sunday’s match against No. 10 ranked Upper Iowa is Augustana’s fifth match against ranked opponents. The Vikings are 3-1 in such matches and 3-0 against ranked Division II opponents.

The Red Raiders
Northwestern College comes into its dual with Augustana at 3-4 on the season. The Red Raiders have beaten Hastings College, Dakota Wesleyan, and Midland and have fallen to Concordia Nebraska, Briar Cliff, Menlo College, and Morningside College.

The Peacocks
Upper Iowa comes into its match with Augustana at 12-2 and 5-0 in the NISC, having won three-consecutive duals. The Peacocks lone losses came to then-No. 5 McKendree and then-No. 2 Pittsburgh Johnstown. Upper Iowa currently has three nationally-ranked wrestlers, Justin Folley is ranked No. 3 at 133 pounds, Chase Luensman is No. 7 at 149 pounds and Nick Baumler is No. 2 at 197 pounds.

The Vikings
Augustana is currently 3-0 in NSIC duals and has won six-consecutive duals, dating all the way back to Dec. 20. The Vikings currently have four wrestlers that have won three or more bouts in a row, redshirt freshman Steven Hajas (3), redshirt freshman Jack Huffman (4), redshirt freshman Hunter Burnett (5) and junior Ben Kelvington (6). Kelvington is nationally-ranked No. 8 at 174 pounds and Huffman is No. 9 at 133 pounds.

The Lineups

Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables) vs. Northwestern
125- Ethan Cota
133- Brandon Carroll
141- Taylor Jeffries
149- Noah North OR Jebben Keyes OR Keaten Schorr
157- Noah North OR Jebben Keyes OR Keaten Schorr
165- Bailey Neises OR Dylan Schuck
174- Bailey Neises OR Dylan Schuck
184- Tanner Brengle OR Kolby Kost OR Regan Bye
197- Jarret Haglund
285- Samuel Detert

Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables) vs. No. 10 Upper Iowa
125- Ethan Cota
133- Brandon Carroll OR Jack Huffman
141- Hunter Burnett
149- Noah North OR Jebben Keyes OR Keaten Schorr
157- Jacob Tvinnereim
165- Bailey Neises OR Dylan Schuck
174- Ben Kelvington
184- Tanner Brengle OR Kolby Kost OR Regan Bye
197- Daniel Bishop
285- Steven Hajas

Wt. – Northwest Red Raiders (Probables)
125- Sean Heeney
133- Noah Kryfka
141- Alex Kleider
149- Dante Preciado OR Austin Hendrickson
157- Blake Pomajzl OR Chase Peterson
165- Andrew Null OR Carter Behler
174- Brady Childers OR Tyler Zeimen
184- Luke Jenness
197- Open
285- Victor Garcia

Wt. – No. 10 Upper Iowa Peacocks (Probables)
125- Philip Ihde
133- Justin Folley
141- Tate Murty
149- Chase Luensman
157- Mac Spotts
165- Chance Throndson
174- Dalton Nelson
184- Dalton Hahn
197- Nick Baulmer
285- Triston Westerlund

Wrestler to Watch
Redshirt freshman and No. 9 ranked Jack Huffman is 17-7 this season with one fall, three major decisions and three tech falls. If Huffman wrestles Sunday against Upper Iowa, the 133-pound bout would be a battle of ranked opponents as the likely matchup would be against No. 3 ranked Justin Folley.

One Last Thing
A win on Thursday would push the Vikings’ win streak to seven duals. The last time Augustana won seven-consecutive duals was the 2015-16 season from Jan. 8 to Jan. 24. Wins against both Northwestern and Upper Iowa would push the win streak to eight duals, a feat that hasn’t happened since the Vikings won 11-consecutive matches during the 2014-15 season from Jan. 14 to Feb. 12.

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