Augustana 23 Upper Iowa 12

Augustana Wrestling Handles No. 12 UIU

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The No. 17-ranked Augustana Viking wrestling team earned its seventh ranked victory of the season on Friday night, knocking off No. 12 Upper Iowa 23-12 at the Elmen Center.

The win moves the Vikings to 8-4 and the Peacocks fall to 3-4 with the loss.

Jaxson Rohman set the tone at 125 pounds, recording three takedowns in the first period to take a 9-2 lead. After earning another takedown to open the second period, he secured the win with a pin at 3:42 to give AU a 6-0 lead.

After a UIU decision at 133 pounds, Hunter Burnett extended the lead at 141. Burnett earned takedowns in each of the first two periods and allowed three escapes to earn a victory over No. 4-ranked Tate Murty and put the Vikings in front 9-3.

At 149 pounds, Cael Larson fell behind early, giving up a takedown to trail 3-0 into the second period. Larson fired back with a pair of takedowns in the second to lead 6-5 and closed the match with a takedown and a pair of stall points in the third period to cap off a decision to bring the Vikings lead to 12-3.

The Peacocks won a pair of decisions at 157 and 165 to cut their deficit to 12-9. From there, AU rattled off three consecutive wins to close out the victory. Coy Gunderson started the run at 174 pounds, coming back from a 1-0 deficit in the third period with a takedown, escape, and stall point to close a 5-2 decision and expand the Viking lead to 15-9.

In a matchup of ranked opponents at 184, it was Cade Mueller who got the upper hand on No. 12 Colter Bye. The bout went to overtime following an escape from each side were the only points awarded in regulation. After a scoreless sudden victory, Mueller rode out the first tiebreaker round and earned an escape in the second to take a 2-1 victory and put AU ahead 18-9 with two bouts to go.

Max Ramberg was clinical in clinching the team victory while wrestling at 197 pounds. Ramberg earned three first-period takedowns, two second-period takedowns, and a third-period takedown on his way to a tech fall.

No. 17 Augustana 23, No. 12 Upper Iowa 12
125: No. 1 Jaxson Rohman (AUG) over Treyton Ackman (UIU) (Fall 3:42)
133: James Davis (UIU) over Jack Huffman (AUG) (Dec 10-4)
141: No. 11 Hunter Burnett (AUG) over No. 4 Tate Murty (UIU) (Dec 6-3)
149: No. 10 Cael Larson (AUG) over Wyatt Doty (UIU) (Dec 11-5)
157: No. 7 Eric Faught (UIU) over Payton Handevidt (AUG) (Dec 11-6)
165: No. 2 Chase Luensman (UIU) over Tyler Wagener (AUG) (SV-1 8-5)
174: Coy Gunderson (AUG) over Lawson Losee (UIU) (Dec 5-2)
184: No. 7 Cade Mueller (AUG) over No. 12 Colter Bye (UIU) (TB-1 2-1)
197: Max Ramberg (AUG) over Cameron Lopez (UIU) (TF 19-4 6:25)
285: Jordan Baumler (UIU) over Max Balow (AUG) (SV-1 5-2)

Extra Matches
149: Jackson Rolfs (UIU) over Kage Lenger (AUG) (Fall 4:41)
174: Jonah Gruenes (AUG) over Cael Meyer (UIU) (Dec 12-9)

Up Next
The Vikings return right back to the Elmen Center Saturday afternoon, hosting MSU Moorhead at 2 p.m.

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