SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team had eight student-athletes sign a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Augustana, head coach Jason Reitmeier announced Monday. The eight athletes will enroll as freshmen in the fall of 2021.
“I am excited to announce our early signees for the signing class of 2021,” Reitmeier said. “Everyone in this class comes in with many accolades, both athletically and academically. We are truly proud of their prior accomplishments and even more excited to see what they accomplish in the future at Augustana.
“After focusing last year on the upper weights we really tried to bring in the best student-athletes in the lower-to-middle weights that could complement, help and add to our current roster. I think we have done that with this group, adding in a lot of talent, energy, positivity, and exceptional work ethic in all areas of their lives.”
Meet the Class
Trevon Johnson | Dawson-Boyd High School | 174 pounds
Reitmeier on Johnson: “We are really excited to welcome Trevon to the Augustana wrestling family. We have been recruiting this young man for many years. Trevon is an exceptional athlete and an outstanding student. He excels in several sports along with wrestling and placed twice at the Minnesota State Tournament. We are looking forward to working with Trevon and seeing him grow in the sport of wrestling and in his nursing major.”
High School: Johnson will graduate from Dawson-Boyd High School in June of 2021. As a junior, he went 34-6 with 21 pins en route to a fifth-place finish at state. As a sophomore, he tallied a 39-10 record with 22 pins while also finishing in fifth-place at state. As a freshman, he went 33-7 with 20 pins.
Personal: Johnson was born in Marshall, Minnesota, to parents Dayna and Ryan Johnson. He has two siblings and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and water sports. While at Augustana, he plans to major in nursing.
Christian Olsen | Crystal Lake South High School | 125 pounds
Reitmeier on Olsen: “We are excited to welcome Christian to the Augustana Wrestling family. We have been trying to recruit more student-athletes from Illinois and we got ourselves a great one in Christian. He has been successful since his first year on varsity and has continued to improve every year. He’s tough from all positions and is always looking to score. Christian is a true 125 pounder and we could see him at his weight for all 4 years of his collegiate career.”
High School: Olsen will graduate from Crystal Lake South High School in May of 2021. As a junior, Olsen went 32-4 while winning a regional and section title and finished in third-place at state. As a sophomore, Olsen won the state championship in 2A in Illinois at 113 pounds with a 41-1 record. As a freshman, he went 45-3 while winning his region and section and finished in fourth-place at state.
Personal: Olsen was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to parents Mila and Phil Olsen. He has two older siblings and enjoys fishing, boating, working out and spending time with family and friends. While at Augustana, he plans to major in exercise science/athletic training.
Jaxson Rohman | Martin County West High School | 125/133 pounds
Reitmeier on Rohman: “Jaxson is a scoring machine on his feet with great offensive attacks and exceptional counter skills. He’s also a three sport athlete, which is scary to think about how great of a wrestler he is and still hasn’t focused all his energy on wrestling. Jaxson is one of the most successful wrestlers in the State of Minnesota and excels in the classroom. He also comes from one of the most successful high school wrestling programs in Minnesota over the last 5 years.”
High School: Rohman will graduate from Martin County West High School in June of 2021. As a junior, he went 53-1 and finished in third-place at state. As a sophomore, he finished 48-3 and in second-place at state. As a freshman, Rohman went 52-1 en route to a state championship.
Personal: Rohman was born in Fairmont, Minnesota, to parents Jamie and Steve Rohman. He has three younger siblings and enjoys playing sports, fishing and lifting weights.
Trig Tennant | Arkansas City High School | 157/165 pounds
Reitmeier on Tennant: “We went south into Kansas to recruit Trig. Coach Fink saw Trig at a national tournament two years ago and was really impressed with how hard he wrestles. He has high energy, a relentless style and attacks coming from start to finish on the mat. Trig carries that same relentless pace and attitude into the classroom. We are excited to watch this young man continue to mature and grow in his wrestling.”
High School: Tennant will graduate from Arkansas City High School in May of 2021. As a junior, he went 47-6 with 20 falls, three tech falls, five major decisions and 135 takedowns en route to a state championship. As a sophomore, Tennant went 25-8 with nine falls, two tech falls, three major decisions and 59 takedowns with a third-place finish at state. As a freshman, he finished with a 29-15 record with 11 falls, two tech falls, four major decisions and 54 takedowns and a runner-up finish at state.
Personal: Tennant was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. He has one sibling and enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, running, video games and golf. While at Augustana, he plans to major in Business Administration.
Kyle Boeke | Princeton High School | 141/149 pounds
Reitmeier on Boeke: “Kyle has been on our radar for a long time. Our GA, Skyler Petry, worked with Kyle as a youngster and told us about his willingness to work extremely hard and learn. He just continues to get better every time he walks out onto the mat. Kyle, like many of our signees, has also had lots of success at not only the state level but nationally. Kyle has been part of a resurgence of high-level wrestling in Princeton, Minn.”
High School: Boeke will graduate from Princeton High School in June of 2021. As a junior, he went 43-3 while earning All-State honors, winning a conference championship and placing sixth at state. As a sophomore, he also won a conference championship and was named All-State with a 44-5 record and fourth-place finish at state.
Personal: Boeke was born in Princeton, Minnesota, to parents Karen and Larry Boeke.
Kage Lenger | Liberty High School | 141 pounds
Reitmeier on Lenger: “Kage comes to us from Liberty, Missouri, and one of the top wrestling schools in the state. He has had success at both the state and national level, placing in state and national tournaments. He expresses a great attitude in everything he does which is why he’s so successful in all areas of his life. Kage, like our other signees, is an exceptional student and has a passion for growing in his academics and athletics.”
High School: Lenger will graduate from Liberty High School in 2021. He is a two-time Missouri state place winner and Cadet National All-American.
Personal: Lenger was born in Blue Springs, Missouri, to parents Kim and Ken Lenger. He has two siblings and plans to major in art while at Augustana.
Connor Simmonds | Martin County West High School | 149/157 pounds
Reitmeier on Simmonds: “We are really excited to work with Connor. He is an exceptionally talented wrestler who has really started coming into his own. Connor has a variety of ways to score but we really love his ability to ride and put people on their back. He has a relaxed attitude that really helps him in big matches.”
High School: Simmonds will graduate from Martin County West High School in 2021. As a junior, Simmonds took home third-place at state.
Personal: Simmonds was born in Okoboji, Iowa. He has four siblings, including his brother, Nathan, who is also on the wrestling team, and enjoys hunting and fishing. While at Augustana, he plans to major in business management and minor in marketing.
Kade Sammons | Windom Area High School | 141/149 pounds
Reitmeier on Sammons: “Kade had a breakout year, placing high in state and many of the toughest tournaments in Minnesota. I got a chance to see him compete at most of them and was really impressed with the way he battled and his will to win in tough matches. Kade is also a multiple sport athlete and we see a high ceiling once he just focuses on wrestling. We are looking forward to getting to work with Kade.”
High School: Sammons will graduate from Windom Area High School in June of 2021. As a junior, Sammons went 50-4 and placed third at state and was also named First Team All-State. As a sophomore, he logged a 31-6 record and as a freshman he went 29-9. He earned All-Conference honors during his freshman and sophomore seasons as well.
Personal: Sammons was born in Windom, Minnesota, to parents Nicole and Josh Sammons. He has three siblings and enjoys hanging out with his friends and family and going to the lake. While at Augustana, he plans to major in exercise science and minor in business.