Augustana Wrestling Sets Sights on NCAA Super Region V Tournament

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The No. 3 Augustana wrestling team travels to Minot, North Dakota on Saturday to compete in the NCAA Super Region V Tournament.

The event is hosted by Minot State and is expected to begin at 10 a.m. The region covers all 10 NSIC schools, as well as former NSIC school and current GLVC member Upper Iowa. Among the 11 participating teams, six are ranked and two are receiving votes, led by the No. 3-ranked Vikings.

Complete action can be followed on and the GoAugie app, presented by The Original Pancake House. The app can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play. There will also be a Super Region Central page on with up-to-the-minute updates as the day goes on.

Getting the nod at 125 pounds is Jaxson Rohman. The junior from Trimont, Minnesota, is 17-3 on the season and is the highest-ranked individual in the field. The 2022-23 national runner-up went 13-3 in duals and went 9-0 against region foes. The field has three ranked in the weight class, with Rohman joined by No. 3 Shane Corrigan (Parkside), who Rohman beat by decision, and No. 7 Conor Knopick (St. Cloud State).

Jack Huffman will give it a go at 133 pounds. A senior from Omaha, Nebraska, Huffman is 7-7 overall and went 4-6 in duals. Huffman is a 2021-22 region champion and will compete in a weight class with three individuals ranked.

At 141, Hunter Burnett looks to cement his name in program history. The three-time national qualifier and 2019-20 All-American went 10-1 on the season and 8-0 against regional opponents. Burnett is ranked No. 5 in the country, and is one of three ranked at 141 in the region. Cayden Henschel (Parkside) is No. 3 and Tate Murty (Upper Iowa), who Burnett beat in December, is ranked No. 6.

Ranked No. 7 at 149 pounds and making his first regional appearance is Cael Larson. Larson went 11-6 overall and 5-1 against regional opponents. He is the highest ranked wrestler in the region at the weight, ahead of No. 8 Wyatt Turnquist (Northern State), No. 9 Colby Njos (St. Cloud State), and No. 11 Jalen Spuhler (Parkside)

At one of the deepest weight classes in the tournament is Connor Simmonds. The 157 pounder went 6-2 against regional opponents and 12-3 overall. He currently ranks No. 7 in the class, ahead of No. 8 Braydon Huber (UMary), No. 9 Devin Bahr (Northern State), and No. 10 Eric Faught (Upper Iowa), and behind No. 1 Nick Novak (St. Cloud State).

2021-22 National Qualifier Tyler Wagener will get the call at 165 in his final region tournament. The senior from Waconia, Minnesota went 9-4 on the year and 7-3 against regional opponents. He currently ranks No. 8 in the country and is the second highest ranked wrestler in the region behind No. 3 Chase Luensman (Upper Iowa). Also ranked are No. 9 Brendan Barnes (Minot State) and No. 12 Anthony Hererra (St. Cloud State).

Coy Gunderson will take the mat at 174 pounds after seeing action in 18 of 19 duals. The redshirt freshman from Murdock, Minnesota went 13-12 overall and 7-5 against regional opponents. He’ll compete in a class with four ranked individuals.

The highest ranked wrestler in the region at 197 pounds is No. 4 Cade Mueller. Mueller was 12-4 overall and 7-1 against regional opponents. The two-time national qualifier and 2021-22 region champion at 174 pounds won 11 matches in a row in the heart of the season and is one of five ranked at 184. Behind him are No. 7 Reese Worachek (Parkside), No. 8 Bryce Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud State), No. 9 Wyatt Linberg (UMary), No. 11 Colter Bye (Upper Iowa). Mueller sports a 3-1 record in matches between the others ranked in the region.

Max Ramberg is one tech fall away from tying a school record entering the region tournament at 197 pounds. Ramberg led all AU probables in victories, going 19-7 and 16-3 against opponents from regional schools, including a 9-2 record in duals against regional foes. He is the third-highest ranked at his weight, behind No. 3 Caden Steffen (SMSU), No. 4 Dominic Murphy (St. Cloud State) and No. 7 Matt Kaylor (UMary).

Rounding out Viking probables is Zach Peterson at 285 pounds. Peterson will compete in his second region tournament after going 2-2 last season. The senior is 3-6 overall and earned a victory against Northern State in the Dakota Showcase. Peterson will try to separate himself at a weight with two ranked.

The top three finishers in each weight class will qualify for the NCAA DII Championships in Wichita, Kansas. The Championships are set to take place March 15-16.

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