Carroll, Hajas Qualify For Division II National Championships

ABERDEEN, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team put on a show at the NCAA Super Region 5 Tournament on Saturday afternoon and is sending two of its wrestlers to the NCAA DII Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Senior Brandon Carroll (133 pounds) and sophomore Steven Hajas (285 pounds) will represent the Vikings in the America’s Center on March 12-13.

In addition, redshirt-freshman Cade Mueller is “under consideration” for nationals as one of at-least five at-large bids from Region 5. The NCAA will make the at-large announcement on Monday.

As a team, Augustana took home fourth-place with 57 team points.

Brandon Carroll – 133 pounds
Carroll started his regional performance with a strong 16-3 major decision over Minot State’s Kelby Armstrong. The senior then earned a 7-3 victory over Lucas Schevikhoven in the quarterfinals in a “revenge match” as Schevikhoven had beaten Carroll earlier in the regular season. Carroll then moved to 3-0 on the day after defeating No. 8-ranked Dayne Morton of Northern State with a pin in the semifinal bout.

After a loss in the first-place match to No. 1-ranked Garret Vos of St. Cloud State, Carroll punched his ticket to nationals with a convincing 5-1 decision over Upper Iowa’s Donny Schmit in the second-place match, moving him to 4-1 on the day. It’s the second time in Carroll’s career that he’s headed to nationals as he represented the Vikings during the 2016-17 season as a true freshman.

Steven Hajas – 285 pounds
Hajas took a different route than teammate Brandon Carroll and started his regional performance with an epic comeback. Trailing 3-1, with riding time against him, late in the third period, Hajas caught No. 10-ranked Jordan Will of Minot State in a vulnerable transition, capitalized and won the bout with a ferocious pin at 6:25 of the match. The sophomore followed the thrilling performance with a convincing victory over another ranked opponent in the semifinal bout. This time, Hajas defeated No. 9-ranked Dominic Tudor of UMary in a 5-1 decision to move to 2-0 on the day.

In the first-place match, Hajas fell to No. 1-ranked Kameron Teacher of St. Cloud State. After a short break, the sophomore wasted no time, qualifying for nationals in the second-place bout. Hajas dominated Northern State’s Michael Loyola in a 9-1 major decision that featured a takedown, reversal, four near-fall points and over four minutes of riding time. The win moved Hajas to 3-1 on the day. It’s the second-consecutive season in which Hajas has qualified for nationals.

Cade Mueller – 174 pounds
Mueller went 4-1 on the day and took third-place for the Vikings. He is currently under consideration for an at-large selection to nationals. Super Region 5 currently holds five at-large bids for the event.

2021 NCAA Division II Super Region 5 Qualifier Results

125 – Ethan Cota (0-3) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kaden Anderlik (Upper Iowa) 6-4 won by decision over Ethan Cota (Augustana (SD)) 0-3 (Dec 6-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Ethan Cota (Augustana (SD)) 0-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Oscar Nellis (Minot St.) 7-4 won by major decision over Ethan Cota (Augustana (SD)) 0-3 (MD 9-1)

133 – Brandon Carroll (8-3) placed 2nd and scored 13.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 8-3 won by major decision over Kelby Armstrong (Minot St.) 1-5 (MD 15-3)
  • Quarterfinal – Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 8-3 won by decision over Lucas Schevikhoven (Wis.-Parkside) 1-2 (Dec 7-3)
  • Semifinal – Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 8-3 won by fall over Dayne Morton (Northern St.) 3-2 (Fall 6:58)
  • 1st Place Match – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 8-0 won by major decision over Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 8-3 (MD 13-4)
  • 2nd Place Match – Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 8-3 won by decision over Donny Schmit (Upper Iowa) 5-6 (Dec 5-1)

141 – Jack Huffman (6-4) placed 4th and scored 7.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 6-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Tate Murty (Upper Iowa) 7-5 won by major decision over Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 6-4 (MD 16-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 6-4 won by fall over Lincoln Stormer (Minot St.) 4-4 (Fall 1:22)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 6-4 won by decision over Drew Steidler (Mary) 0-5 (Dec 8-7)
  • Cons. Semi – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 6-4 won by injury default over Kolbe O`brien (Minnesota St.) 6-3 (Inj. 0:00)
  • 3rd Place Match – Tate Murty (Upper Iowa) 7-5 won by fall over Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) 6-4 (Fall 4:14)

149 – Jebben Keyes (1-2) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jebben Keyes (Augustana (SD)) 1-2 won by fall over Marco Ramirezlazos (Minot St.) 1-2 (Fall 2:55)
  • Quarterfinal – Garrett Aldrich (St. Cloud St.) 5-2 won by decision over Jebben Keyes (Augustana (SD)) 1-2 (Dec 9-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Jebben Keyes (Augustana (SD)) 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Nathan Hensley (Wis.-Parkside) 2-3 won by decision over Jebben Keyes (Augustana (SD)) 1-2 (Dec 6-5)

157 – Tyler Wagener (4-4) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Coby Njos (St. Cloud St.) 4-1 won by major decision over Tyler Wagener (Augustana (SD)) 4-4 (MD 10-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Tyler Wagener (Augustana (SD)) 4-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Tyler Wagener (Augustana (SD)) 4-4 won by medical forfeit over Anthony Velazquez (Mary) 2-4 (M. For.)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Ben Durocher (Wis.-Parkside) 2-3 won by decision over Tyler Wagener (Augustana (SD)) 4-4 (Dec 8-3)

165 – Dylan Schuck (4-5) place is unknown and scored 2.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dylan Schuck (Augustana (SD)) 4-5 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Braydon Huber (Mary) 6-3 won by decision over Dylan Schuck (Augustana (SD)) 4-5 (Dec 3-1)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Dylan Schuck (Augustana (SD)) 4-5 won by fall over Austin Frantzich (Minot St.) 1-5 (Fall 3:43)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Brody Nielsen (Minnesota St.) 4-4 won by decision over Dylan Schuck (Augustana (SD)) 4-5 (Dec 8-4)

174 – Cade Mueller (9-2) placed 3rd and scored 7.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) 9-2 won by major decision over Noah Gallardo (Minot St.) 1-7 (MD 12-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) 9-2 won by decision over Gage Roaldson (MSU Moorhead) 6-3 (Dec 5-4)
  • Semifinal – Max Bruss (Mary) 6-2 won by decision over Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) 9-2 (Dec 3-0)
  • Cons. Semi – Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) 9-2 won by decision over Ryan Neu (Wis.-Parkside) 1-3 (Dec 9-5)
  • 3rd Place Match – Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) 9-2 won in sudden victory – 1 over Devin Donovan (St. Cloud St.) 5-4 (SV-1 3-1)
  • 2nd Place Match – Max Bruss (Mary) 6-2 won by no contest over Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) 9-2 (NC)

184 – Kolby Kost (6-3) placed 4th and scored 7.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 6-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Keegan Berry (Minot St.) 6-3 won by decision over Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 6-3 (Dec 7-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 6-3 won by medical forfeit over Marcus Placide (Northern St.) 1-6 (M. For.)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 6-3 won by major decision over Evan Foster (MSU Moorhead) 0-6 (MD 14-0)
  • Cons. Semi – Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 6-3 won by major decision over Dalton Hahn (Upper Iowa) 4-5 (MD 14-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Caden Steffen (Southwest Minn. St.) 8-3 won by fall over Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) 6-3 (Fall 2:27)

197 – Daniel Bishop (2-7) place is unknown and scored 1.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Daniel Bishop (Augustana (SD)) 2-7 won by decision over Job Ayala (Wis.-Parkside) 4-2 (Dec 9-7)
  • Quarterfinal – Matt Kaylor (Mary) 4-4 won by decision over Daniel Bishop (Augustana (SD)) 2-7 (Dec 5-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Treyton Cacek (Northern St.) 2-5 won by fall over Daniel Bishop (Augustana (SD)) 2-7 (Fall 6:07)

285 – Steven Hajas (7-3) placed 2nd and scored 12.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 7-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 7-3 won by fall over Jordan Will (Minot St.) 5-3 (Fall 6:25)
  • Semifinal – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 7-3 won by decision over Dominic Tudor (Mary) 5-2 (Dec 5-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud St.) 8-0 won by decision over Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 7-3 (Dec 5-4)
  • 2nd Place Match – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 7-3 won by major decision over Michael Loyola (Northern St.) 7-4 (MD 9-1)

Up Next
Carroll and Hajas (and possibly Mueller) will represent the Vikings at the NCAA DII Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

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