SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team will celebrate its four seniors Thursday night inside the Elmen Center at 7 p.m. against the No. 16-ranked Upper Iowa Peacocks. The dual serves as the Vikings’ second-to-last home dual and fourth dual against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, attendance for Senior Day 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.
No. 16 Upper Iowa comes into its matchup with Augustana at 2-2 with wins over MSU Moorhead and Wisconsin-Parkside and losses to Northern State and Minnesota State. Individually, the Peacocks feature five nationally-ranked wrestlers: No. 11 Kaden Anderlik at 125 pounds, No. 11 Tate Murphy at 141 pounds, No. 6 Chase Luensman at 157 pounds, No. 8 Myron Crawford at 174 pounds and No. 8 Dalton Hahn at 184 pounds.
Augustana pulled to an even 2-2 on the season with a convincing 29-12 win over the SMSU Mustangs last time on the mat. The Vikings cashed in big with bonus points in the dual with two tech falls, a major decision and a fall.
While the Vikings are receiving seven national votes in the NWCA rankings, they also feature two nationally-ranked wrestlers in sophomores Hunter Burnett (No. 9 at 149 pounds) and Steven Hajas (No. 10 at 285 pounds). Burnett is 3-1 on the season and leads the Vikings in takedowns with seven. Hajas is 2-2 on the season with one fall.
The Vikings are 5-9 in the all-time series with the Peacocks, with Augustana winning the last two duals. Last time the teams matched up, the Vikings won 19-12 in Fayette, Iowa, on Super Bowl Sunday during the 2019-20 season.
Augustana will be celebrating the careers of Daniel Bishop, Ethan Cota, Tanner Brengle and Jebben Keyes Thursday night inside the Elmen Center. Including this season, the four have spent 19 combined seasons at Augustana with 171 combined wins.
Wt. – Augustana Vikings (Probables)
125- John Babineau OR Ethan Cota
133- Brandon Carroll
141- Jack Huffman
149- No. 9 Hunter Burnett
157- Tyler Wagener
165- Dylan Schuck
174- Cade Mueller
184- Kolby Kost
197- Daniel Bishop
285- No. 10 Steven Hajas
Wt. – Upper Iowa Peacocks (Probables)
125- No. 11 Kaden Anderlik
133- Donny Schmit
141- No. 11 Tate Murphy
149- Eric Faught
157- No. 6 Chase Luensman
165- Ryan Steffen
174- No. 8 Myron Crawford
184- No. 8 Dalton Hahn
197- Zach Ryg
285- Jordan Baumler
Wrestler to Watch
Wrestling up a weight class from last season, sophomore Jack Huffman is set to take on Upper Iowa’s No. 11-ranked Tate Murphy in the 141 pound bout Thursday night. Look for a strong performance from Huffman who has settled into his role at 141 pounds nicely.
One Last Thing
Burnett moved into sole possession of sixth place for career tech falls at Augustana with his tech fall at SMSU last Thursday.