The Vikings will honor their Seniors on Saturday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team, winners of eight-consecutive duals, wrestles inside the Elmen Center for the last time this season Friday and Saturday. The Vikings take on the UMary Marauders at 7 p.m. on Friday and the Minot State Beavers at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday’s dual against Minot State will also be Senior Day for the Vikings. They will honor Ben Kelvington, Bailey Neises, and Regan Bye.
The Vikings were picked to finish fourth in the 2019-20 NSIC Wrestling Preseason Poll, while the Marauders and Beavers were picked to finish fifth and eighth, respectively. Currently, in the Super Region 5 standings, Augustana is ranked third with 54 points, UMary is ranked seventh with 32 points and Minot State is ranked eighth with 28 points.
UMary comes into its match with Augustana at 2-6 and 0-3 in the NSIC. The Marauders have two nationally-ranked wrestlers on their squad, Braydon Huber ranked No. 12 at 157 pounds and Phillip Springsteen ranked No. 7 at 174 pounds.
Minot State comes into its match with Augustana at 4-6 and 1-4 in the NSIC. The Beavers also have two nationally-ranked wrestlers, Dean Arevalo ranked No. 6 at 125 pounds and Jordan Will ranked No. 8 at 285 pounds.
Augustana comes into the weekend winners of eight-straight, a feat last captured during the 2014-15 season when the Vikings won 11-straight duals. The Vikings remain undefeated against Division II opponents and share first place in the NSIC standings with the defending national champion St. Cloud State Huskies.
Of their eight dual wins, four have come against opponents ranked in the top-25 for Division II, No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney, No. 23 Western Colorado, No. 17 Northern State and No. 10 Upper Iowa. The only losses conceded by Augustana came from Division I opponents in No. 8 Arizona State and North Dakota State.
Individually, the Vikings have two nationally-ranked wrestlers in redshirt freshman Jack Huffman ranked No. 9 at 133 pounds and junior Ben Kelvington ranked No. 8 at 174 pounds. Huffman has won five consecutive bouts and is 18-7 on the season while Kelvington has won seven-consecutive bouts, is 11-2 on the season and is undefeated against Division II opponents.
Redshirt freshman Hunter Burnett has won six-consecutive bouts at 141 pounds and leads the Vikings in wins with a 22-7 record with five falls, seven major decisions and six tech falls. Burnett is currently ranked eighth on The Open Mat and 12th on Flowrestling. Fellow redshirt freshman Jacob Tvinnereim has won three-consecutive bouts and is currently ranked 14th on The Open Mat and 18th on Flowrestling
Senior Bailey Neises garnered Augustana’s first NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors last week with a 2-0 record, leading the Vikings to wins against Northwestern College and No. 10 Upper Iowa. Neises has won four-consecutive matches and is 10-5 on the season.
Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables)
125- Ethan Cota
133- Brandon Carroll OR Jack Huffman
141- Hunter Burnett
149- Jebben Keyes
157- Jacob Tvinnereim
165- Dylan Schuck OR Bailey Neises
174- Ben Kelvington
184- Kolby Kost
197- Daniel Bishop
285- Steven Hajas
Wt. – UMary Marauders (Probables)
125- Jeremy Leintz
133- Laken Boese
141- Trevor Fauver OR Logan Mahoney
149- Devin Steidler
157- Braydon Huber
165- Payton Hume
174- Phillip Springsteen
184- Grant Litke OR Austin Eichmann
197- Gerardo Jaime
285- Dom Tudor
Wt. – Minot State Beavers (Probables)
125- Dean Arevalo
133- Oscar Nellis
141- Lincoln Stormer
149- Shadi Mitwalli
157- Zach Berry
165- Nathan Baca
174- Joey Lopez
184- Noe Garcia
197- Dustin Swisher OR Je-Mario Jones
285- Jordan Will
Wrestler to Watch
No. 8 ranked Ben Kelvington is set to take on No. 7 ranked Phillip Springsteen from UMary on Friday night in what should be a fantastic match. Springsteen will serve as the highest-ranked opponent in Division II to take on Kelvington this season.
One Last Thing
The first 100 students to arrive at Friday’s dual can receive a free Pancheros burrito and a free Midco SN beanie as part of our burritos and beanies giveaway.