Augustana Sets Sights on NCAA Regional

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Tabbed fourth in the NSIC Wrestling Preseason Poll, the Augustana wrestling team had a fantastic regular season, going 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the NSIC, and finished second in the conference. Now, the Vikings are ready to take the next step Saturday at the NCAA Super Region 5 Tournament.

“We’re really excited,” head coach Jason Reitmeier said. “This gives our great town, the state of South Dakota and our fans an opportunity to watch some of the best wrestling in the region right in their backyard. For us, we’re excited to be competing in our hometown in front of the best fans in the region.”

The Event
Augustana plays host to the region tournament this season at the Sioux Falls Arena. Wrestling is set to start at 10 a.m. Fans at home can watch and follow here.

The Competition
Super Region 5 is made up of the nine NSIC wrestling institutions and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Vikings went 7-2 within the region in duals during the regular season.

The Viking Lineup

125 – Ethan Cota – Junior
Cota is 15-11 overall this season with a 6-5 dual record. The junior has logged one major decision and six tech falls as well.

133 – No. 11 Jack Huffman – Redshirt freshman
Huffman is 19-8 overall this season with a 6-3 dual record. He owns one fall, three major decisions and three tech falls. Currently nationally-ranked No. 11 in the country, Huffman logged his biggest win of the season thus far when he defeated No. 5 ranked Dayne Morton of Northern State in Augustana’s win over the No. 17 ranked Wolves.

141 – No. 9 Hunter Burnett – Redshirt freshman
Burnett leads the Vikings with a 25-8 record this season and a 9-2 dual record. He has six falls, seven major decisions and seven tech falls. Burnett won the Dakota Wesleyan Open Tournament earlier in the season and enjoyed a nine-bout win streak from Dec. 20 to Feb. 14.

The redshirt freshman had his biggest win of the season thus far when he defeated No. 1 ranked Wesley Dawkins of Nebraska-Kearney in Augustana’s win over the No. 2 ranked Lopers. He garnered NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors after defeating No. 9 ranked Louie Sanders in Augustana’s win over the No. 17 Minnesota State.

149 – Jebben Keyes – Junior
Keyes is 7-9 overall this season with a 2-5 dual record. The junior comes into the regional with six falls on the season.

157 – Jacob Tvinnereim – Redshirt freshman
Tvinnereim is 19-13 overall this season with a 6-7 dual record. He currently has two falls, four major decisions and one tech fall.

165 – Bailey Neises – Senior
Neises is 11-7 overall this season with a 5-3 dual record. He currently has one fall, two major decisions and one tech fall. The senior garnered NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors after leading the Vikings, with a 2-0 record, to wins against Northwestern College and No. 10 Upper Iowa.

174 – No. 9 Ben Kelvington – Senior
Kelvington is 12-4 overall this season with an 8-4 dual record. He has five major decisions and two tech falls as well. The senior started the season with a tournament win in the Jimmie Open with a perfect 4-0 record. He then won his next seven bouts against Division II opponents giving him and 11-bout win streak in Division II matches. Recently, Kelvington logged his biggest win of the season thus far when he defeated No. 10 Zach Johnston of Minnesota State in Augustana’s win over the No. 17 ranked Mavericks.

184 – Kolby Kost – Redshirt freshman
Kost is 14-6 overall this season with a 5-2 dual record. The redshirt freshman has three falls, three major decisions and one tech fall on the season

197 – Daniel Bishop – Sophomore
Bishop is 13-11 overall this season with a 7-5 dual record. He has two falls, one major decision and six tech falls as well. Earlier in the season, Bishop took home first-place honors in the Dakota Wesleyan Open.

285 – Steven Hajas – Redshirt freshman
Hajas is 14-9 overall this season with a 6-6 dual record. He owns seven falls and one major decision as well. Hajas logged his biggest win of the season thus far with a takedown in overtime against No. 17 Northern State in a dramatic do-or-die heavyweight bout. The Vikings went on to win the dual with the Wolves by a score of 20-14. Earlier in the season, Hajas also took home first-place honors in the Dakota Wesleyan Open.

One Last Thing
The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Championships hosted by Augustana and Sioux Falls Sports Authority on March 13-14 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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