Vikings Begin Season at Yellowjacket Open

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–The Augustana wrestling team opens the 2022-23 campaign at the Yellowjacket Open on Saturday. The event, hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College, is set to begin at 10 a.m. The Vikings will see most of its 32-member team compete in the tournament.

Results can be followed on GoAugie.com/Live and on the GoAugie app. The app can be downloaded in the app store or Google Play.

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Augustana, nationally ranked at No. 5 in the NWCA Preseason Rankings, was selected to finish second in the NSIC. The Vikings have six wrestlers ranked nationally in the NWCA Preseason Poll.

Sophomore Jaxson Rohman is ranked eighth at 125 pounds. Rohman enters the 2022-23 season after placing third at the NCAA Super Region V tournament and qualifying for the NCAA National tournament in 2021-22.

Junior Jack Huffman enters the 2022-23 campaign ranked second at 133 pounds. Huffman, a returning All-American, placed eighth at the NCAA DII Championships last year and placed first at the NCAA Super Region V tournament.

At 157 pounds, junior Tyler Wagener is ranked in the sixth spot. Wagener, a 2021-22 national qualifier, finished third at the NCAA Super Region V tournament and held an overall record of 16-10 last season.

Sophomore Miles Fitzgerald is ranked 10th at 165 pounds. Fitzgerald went 23-10 overall and 8-3 in dual action, finished second at the NCAA Super Region V tournament and qualified for the NCAA DII National Championships at 165 pounds in 2021-22.

Junior Cade Mueller sees the fourth spot in the rankings at 174 pounds. Mueller held an overall record of 18-5 in 2021-22 and finished first at the NCAA Super Region V tournament, qualifying for the NCAA DII National Championships.

Rounding out the individual rankings for the Vikings is junior Steven Hajas. Hajas finished third at the NCAA Super Region V tournament and qualified for the NCAA DII National Championships.

Lineup:
125: Jaxson Rohman, Unattached
125: Christian Olsen
125: John Babineau
141: Kage Lenger, Unattached
141: Kade Sammons
141: Ethan Lebrija, Unattached Freshman/Soph
149: Cael Larson
149: Kyle Boeke
149: Seth Nebel, Freshman/Soph
157: Payton Anderson
157: Connor Simmonds
165: Tyler Wagener
165: Payton Handevidt, Unattached Freshman/Soph
165: Coy Gunderson, Unattached Freshman/Soph
174: Jacob Tvinnereim
174: Jonah Gruenes, Unattached Freshman/Soph
184: Cade Mueller
184: Kolby Kost
184: Danny Reynolds
197: Max Ramberg, Unattached
197: Derek Werner
285: Steven Hajas
285: Edward Hajas
285: Jarret Haglund
285: Max Balow, Unattached

Following the Yellowjacket Open, the Vikings travel to Mitchell, South Dakota, for the DWU Open. Augustana will begin its dual season in Brookings, South Dakota, on Nov. 18th.

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