Augustana 24, UMary 12

Viking Wrestling Defeats No. 13 UMary to Close Weekend

SMARCK, N.D. – The No. 14 Augustana wrestling team earned its eighth-ranked victory on Friday night, knocking off No. 13 UMary 24-12 in the McDowell Activity Center.

The Vikings, winners of five straight, are now 11-4 on the season and 5-1 in the NSIC, while the Marauders move to 7-4, 3-2.

Jaxson Rohman led 3-0 through two after an early takedown. Rohman planted his flag in the third period with two takedowns, an escape, and a riding point to close out a major decision.

Hunter Burnett followed a loss at 133 with a major decision at 141 to reclaim a lead for the Vikings. Burnett opened the bout with a first-period takedown and added a takedown and reversal to lead 8-1 into the third period. He closed the third period with a pair of takedowns and a riding point to put AU ahead 8-6.

At 149, Cael Larson had four first-period takedowns to take a commanding lead. He closed the third Viking major decision out with a takedown and escape in the second and an escape in the third to increase the AU lead to 12-6.

Connor Simmonds eased to victory at 157 pounds, recording a takedown in the first period before each wrestler rode out their respective period on top to close a 4-1 decision. Tyler Wagener followed with a decision of his own at 165, scoring on a first-period takedown, second-period escape, and third-period riding point to put the Vikings in front 18-6.

Following a loss at 174, the Vikings saw back-to-back dramatic victories at 184 and 197 to close out the AU win. It started with Cade Mueller at 184 pounds, who took a 1-1 bout into overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory round, Mueller rode out a tiebreaker round before getting an escape in the next one to finish off a decision.

At 197, Max Ramberg led 3-2 into the third period after a second-period takedown. He pieced it together from there, earning a stall point and escape to go ahead 5-2. After allowing a takedown, Ramberg eased out an escape late to cap off a decision and close out the Viking victory.

No. 14 Augustana 24, No. 13 UMary 12
125: Jaxson Rohman (AUG) over Jaden Verhagen (MARY) (MD 11-2)
133: Reece Barnhardt (MARY) over John Babineau (AUG) (Fall 3:34)
141: Hunter Burnett (AUG) over Kaden DeCoteau (MARY) (MD 15-4)
149: Cael Larson (AUG) over Kaden Renner (MARY) (MD 17-7)
157: Connor Simmonds (AUG) over Braydon Huber (MARY) (Dec 4-1)
165: Tyler Wagener (AUG) over Leo Mushinsky (MARY) (Dec 5-1)
174: Max Bruss (MARY) over Coy Gunderson (AUG) (Dec 8-1)
184: Cade Mueller (AUG) over Wyatt Lidberg (MARY) (TB-1 2-1)
197: Max Ramberg (AUG) over Matt Kaylor (MARY) (Dec 6-5)
285: Luke Tweeton (MARY) over Max Balow (AUG) (TB-1 3-2)

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The Vikings will face NCAA newcomer Sioux Falls for their inaugural meeting, heading five blocks north for a Feb. 1 matchup at the Stewart Center on the USF campus
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