SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team’s regular season comes to a finish this Thursday inside the Elmen Center where the Vikings are set to take on the Dragons of MSU Moorhead at 7 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, attendance for Thursday’s dual will be limited to family members of Viking wrestlers only. As always, however, live video and live stats will be available for the dual at GoAugie.com/Live.
MSU Moorhead comes into its matchup with Augustana at 1-2 with losses to SMSU and Upper Iowa. Its lone victory was against Minot State last Thursday. Thursday’s dual against the Vikings will be MSU Moorhead’s first road dual this season.
The Dragons feature one ranked wrestler on their roster, No. 12 Cole Jones at 125 pounds. The junior earned All-America honors during the 2018-19 season.
After a dual in which Augustana took down three ranked wrestlers from then-No. 16 Upper Iowa, a new Viking has emerged in the national rankings in 174 pounder Cade Mueller. Mueller, a redshirt-freshman, has put a solid 4-1 performance together this season with two dominating victories, a dramatic win at the buzzer against St. Cloud State and, most recently, a strong 4-2 decision over then-No. 8 Myron Crawford of Upper Iowa.
Mueller, now ranked No. 12 at 174 pounds, joins sophomore Hunter Burnett in the national rankings. Burnett, also having a strong 3-1 season himself with a fall and tech fall, has climbed to No. 8 in the 149 pound rankings. The two wrestlers look to lead the Vikings to one more dual win before the NCAA Super Region 5 Tournament in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on Feb. 27.
Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables)
125- John Babineau OR Ethan Cota
133- Brandon Carroll
141- Jack Huffman
149- No. 8 Hunter Burnett
157- Tyler Wagener
165- Dylan Schuck
174- No. 12 Cade Mueller
184- Kolby Kost
197- Daniel Bishop
285- Steven Hajas
Wt. – Upper Iowa Peacocks (Probables)
125- No. 12 Cole Jones
133- Joey Nerdahl
141- Mason Schulz
149- Angel Rios
157- Tell Ward
165- Braydon Ortloff
174- Gage Roaldson
184- Evan Foster
197- Steven Abbott
285- Sam Erkenbrack
Wrestler to Watch
New to the national rankings and back on the wrestler to watch list; look for redshirt-freshman and No. 12-ranked Cade Mueller to cap off his impressive regular season in the 174-pound bout of Thursday night’s dual.
One Last Thing
The Vikings are 21-1 in the all-time series with the Dragons, with Augustana on a 16-dual win streak. Augustana is undefeated against MSU Moorhead this century with its lone loss coming in the 1997-98 season.