SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team, winners of nine of its last 10 duals, hits the road Friday to take on the No. 17 ranked Minnesota State Mavericks. Wrestling is slated to start at 7 p.m. inside the Taylor Center in Makato, Minnesota.
The Vikings were picked to finish fourth in the 2019-20 NSIC Wrestling Preseason Poll, while Minnesota State was picked third. Currently, in the Super Region 5 standings, Augustana is ranked third with 54 points and Minnesota State is ranked fourth with 52 points.
Minnesota State comes into its match with Augustana at 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the NSIC. The Mavericks’ losses came to No. 23 Western Colorado and No. 1 St. Cloud State. The Mavericks have three nationally-ranked wrestlers on their squad, No. 9 Louie Sanders at 141 pounds, No. 3 Kyle Rathman at 149 pounds and No. 10 Zach Johnston at 174 pounds.
Augustana comes into its match with Minnesota State at 9-3 on the season and 5-1 in the NSIC. The Vikings lone Division II loss came to No. 23 Minot State last Saturday. Of Augustana’s nine wins, four have been opponents ranked within the top-25, No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney, No. 23 Western Colorado, No. 17 Northern State and No. 10 Upper Iowa. Individually, Augustana has two nationally ranked wrestlers, No. 9 redshirt freshman Jack Huffman at 133 pounds and No. 8 junior Ben Kelvington at 174 pounds.
In the Open Mat rankings, redshirt freshman Hunter Burnett is ranked eighth at 141 pounds while fellow redshirt freshman Jacob Tvinnereim is ranked 14th at 157 pounds. In Flowrestling’s rankings, Burnett comes in at 12th while Tvinnereim is ranked 18th.
Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables)
125- Ethan Cota
133- No. 9 Jack Huffman OR Brandon Carroll
141- Hunter Burnett
149- Keaten Schorr OR Jebben Keyes
157- Jacob Tvinnereim
165- Bailey Neises OR Dylan Schuck
174- No. 8 Ben Kelvington
184- Kolby Kost OR Tanner Brengle
197- Daniel Bishop
285- Steven Hajas
Wt. – Minnesota State Mavericks (Probables)
125- Trenton McManus
133- Lucas Hagel
141- No. 9 Louie Sanders
149- No. 3 Kyle Rathman
157- Cooper Siebrecht
165- Logan Saltou
174- No. 10 Zach Johnston
184- Trevor Turriff
197- Matthew Blome
285- Max Villnow OR David Griffet
Wrestler to Watch
Hunter Burnett is set to take on No. 9 Louie Sanders Friday night. Burnett has won eight consecutive bouts, is 8-0 in Division II duals and leads the Vikings with a 24-7 record with six falls, seven major decisions and seven tech falls.
One Last Thing
Augustana faces its second-straight ranked opponent Friday night and seventh overall this season. The Vikings face their third-straight ranked opponent next Wednesday in St. Cloud State giving them eight ranked opponents on the year out of 14 duals.