Steven Hajas: All-American and Semifinal Bound After Day One at Wrestling Nationals

ST. LOUIS — Augustana wrestling sophomore Steven Hajas went 2-0 on day one of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships en route to All-America honors at 285 pounds. Senior Brandon Carroll finished 1-2 at the tournament to bring his season to a close.

The two victories clinched a spot in the semifinal bout for Hajas. Fans can watch the action starting Saturday at noon on

“I’m super proud of the way our guys competed today,” head coach Jason Reitmeier said. “I’m excited to see Steven in the semis and as an All-American for the first time.

“I’m heartbroken that Brandon didn’t get on the podium but really proud of his attitude and effort. He’s already talking about training for 2021-22.”

Steven Hajas – 285 pounds
Hajas took the mat against No. 5-ranked and undefeated (10-0) Tristen Weirich of Ashland University to start his day at nationals. Tied 0-0 after the first period, Hajas took Weirich down for the first score of the match and led 2-1 after two periods. With 40 seconds to go in the third period and Weirich trying to ride out the clock, Hajas logged a reversal for the 4-1 lead and eventual win.

In the quarterfinals match, Hajas met Lee Herrington of Nebraska-Kearney and delivered a narrow 2-1 victory in overtime. After exchanging escapes in regulation and the first overtime period, Hajas logged an escape in the second overtime for the 2-1 lead. The sophomore was able to deny Herrington an escape in the third overtime to clinch the victory and move to 2-0 on the day.

Brandon Carroll – 133 pounds
Carroll began his day at nationals with a 9-3 loss to No. 10-ranked Jacob Dunlop of Gannon University. The senior then responded with an impressive comeback victory against No. 9-ranked Logan Seliga of UNC-Pembroke.

After a quick escape from Seliga to start the third period, Carroll trailed 3-2 with over a minute of riding time against him. Carroll dominated the action from then on and took Seliga down and eliminated the riding time point for the 4-3 advantage. Seliga narrowly escaped at the end of the third to bring the match into overtime. Carroll made quick work of the extra period and took his opponent down for the 6-4 victory.

The senior fell in an 8-4 decision against No. 6-ranked Tanner Hitchcock of Lindenwood University to bring his season to a close.

133 – Brandon Carroll (9-5)
Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Dunlop (Gannon) 6-1 won by decision over Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 9-5 (Dec 9-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 9-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Logan Seliga (UNC Pembroke) 8-5 (SV-1 6-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Tanner Hitchcock (Lindenwood (MO)) 11-2 won by decision over Brandon Carroll (Augustana (SD)) 9-5 (Dec 8-4)

285 – Steven Hajas (9-3)
Champ. Round 1 – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 9-3 won by decision over Tristen Weirich (Ashland) 10-1 (Dec 4-1)
Quarterfinal – Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 9-3 won in tie breaker – 1 over Lee Herrington (Neb.-Kearney) 9-6 (TB-1 2-1)

NCAA Division II National Championships
Fri-Sat, Mar 12-13 – St. Louis, MO
Qualifiers | Watch | Brackets

Up Next
All-American Steven Hajas will start day two of nationals off Saturday at noon in the 285 pound semifinal bout against No. 4-ranked Weston Hunt from Colorado School of Mines. A victory would give Hajas the opportunity to compete for the national championship at 7 p.m.

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