Augustana Splits Against Mercyhurst, Colorado Mesa at NWCA National Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Augustana wrestling defeated No. 18 Mercyhurst in its first dual of the day before falling short to No. 16 Colorado Mesa in the final dual at the NWCA National Duals on Saturday. The Vikings move to 5-6 on the season and head back into dual action this week.

Augustana 22, No. 18 Mercyhurst 18
Jaxson Rohman pushed the Vikings to an early lead, picking up a 13-4 major decision victory and earning four team points for the Vikings. Rohman tallied six takedowns and added a point for riding time in the matchup.

Competing at 149 pounds, Connor Simmonds captured the win over his MU opponent with a fall at 5:55. He recorded one takedown and earned two escape points in the match prior to the pin. Simmonds’ contributed six team points to put the Vikings up 10-9 over Mercyhurst.

At 157 pounds, Miles Fitzgerald earned a victory by way of a 6-3 decision. Fitzgerald logged two takedowns and earned two penalty points that pushed his score over his Laker opponent.

Tyler Wagener, competing at 165 pounds, defeated his Mercyhurst opponent early into the match with a fall at 1:02. Prior to the fall, Wagener totaled one takedown seconds into the contest.

Augustana’s 19-12 lead was increased by three points after Cade Mueller captured the 6-2 decision victory at 184 pounds. Mueller used two takedowns, an escape and a point for riding time to cruise to the win.

No. 16 Colorado Mesa 20, Augustana 19
The Vikings fell short by just one point in the final dual of the NWCA National Duals. Augustana totaled five wins in the contest.

Kade Sammons defeated his CMU opponent with a takedown in overtime at 141 pounds. Sammons tallied one takedown and earned two escape points before adding another takedown in overtime.

Simmonds captured his second win of the day by way of a 16-1 technical fall. His points were generated from three takedowns, a reversal, one four-point nearfall and two two-point nearfalls.

Wagener, competing at 165 pounds, produced his second victory of the day with a 17-0 technical fall over his Maverick opponent. Wagener’s points came from two takedowns and three four-point nearfalls.

A takedown in the last minute of the third period was what Kolby Kost (174 pounds) needed to get another win for Augustana. Kost totaled three takedowns and an escape to push the Vikings into a 15-11 lead.

Mueller generated another win on the day with a 12-1 major decision victory against his CMU opponent. Mueller recorded two takedowns, a reversal, one four-point nearfall and one two-point nearfall in the match.

Up Next
The Vikings return to action at the Elmen Center on Thursday to host the Minot State Beavers in an NSIC competition. The dual is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Augustana (SD) defeated Mercyhurst 22-18
125 – Jaxson Rohman (Augustana (SD)) over Billy Smith (Mercyhurst) Maj 13-4
133 – Eric Bartos (Mercyhurst) over John Babineau (Augustana (SD)) TF 18-3
141 – Jake Niffenegger (Mercyhurst) over Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) Maj 19-6
149 – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) over Mike Zacur (Mercyhurst) Fall 5:55
157 – Miles Fitzgerald (Augustana (SD)) over Max Stedeford (Mercyhurst) Dec 6-3
165 – Tyler Wagener (Augustana (SD)) over Mike Clark (Mercyhurst) Fall 1:02
174 – Dillon Walker (Mercyhurst) over Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) Dec 9-5
184 – Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) over Trever Begin (Mercyhurst) Dec 6-2
197 – Luke McGonigal (Mercyhurst) over Zach Peterson (Augustana (SD)) Dec 2-0
285 – Hunter Harnish (Mercyhurst) over Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) Dec 2-0

Colorado Mesa defeated Augustana (SD) 20-19
125 – Dawson Collins (Colorado Mesa ) over Jaxson Rohman (Augustana (SD)) SV-1 6-4
133 – Collin Metzgar (Colorado Mesa ) over John Babineau (Augustana (SD)) Maj 12-0
141 – Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) over Andrew Silva (Colorado Mesa ) SV-1 6-4
149 – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) over Alex Castaneda (Colorado Mesa ) TF 16-1
157 – Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Mesa ) over Miles Fitzgerald (Augustana (SD)) Maj 15-3
165 – Tyler Wagener (Augustana (SD)) over Tanner Baumgartner (Colorado Mesa ) TF 17-0
174 – Kolby Kost (Augustana (SD)) over Alexander Holguin (Colorado Mesa ) Dec 8-7
184 – Cade Mueller (Augustana (SD)) over Jason Bynarowicz (Colorado Mesa ) Maj 12-1
197 – Kash Anderson (Colorado Mesa ) over Zach Peterson (Augustana (SD)) TB-1 4-1
285 – ruben samuelson (Colorado Mesa ) over Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) Fall 0:29
Augustana (SD)’s team score was adjusted by -1.0 for like Unsportsman

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