Vikings Welcome Top DIII Augsburg, NSIC Foe Minnesota State

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The No. 14 Augustana wrestling team returns to the Elmen Center, starting with a showdown against top-ranked DIII Augsburg on Thursday at 7 p.m. They follow that up with a 2 p.m. Saturday dual against Minnesota State for Parents Day.

Complete action can be followed on GoAugie.com/Live and the GoAugie app, presented by The Original Pancake House. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

The Auggies are 8-1 overall on the season after shutting out Wisconsin-Oshkosh last Friday. Augsburg is ranked No. 1 in the NWCA D-III Tournament National Rankings and No. 2 in the NWCA D-III Dual-Meet National Rankings. They have stacked up quite the resume, earning six top 25 victories, five of which are top 10 wins, and defeated No. 2/No. 1 Wartburg College on Jan. 26. Their lone loss was against the same Wartburg bunch in the NWCA National Duals 20 days before defeating them.

Augsburg has eight individuals ranked. Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann is the top-ranked 184-pounder. Charlie Stuhl (149), Cooper Willis (165), and Seth Goetzinger (174) are all ranked third in their respective weight classes. At No. 4 are Parker Venz (197) and Tyler Kim (285). Blake Jagodzinske ranks fifth at 157 pounds, and Sam Stuhl is sixth at 141 pounds to round out the Auggies in the rankings.

Minnesota State is 5-4 on the season and 2-3 in the NSIC after defeating SMSU and falling to Upper Iowa last week. The Mavericks have won two of their last three after dropping their first three NSIC duals. Trayton Anderson is 24-6 overall and 8-1 in duals with nine pins at 141 pounds. Also at 8-1 in duals is Drake Hayward, whose 15-2 record at 174 pounds is the best on the team in terms of win percentage.

The Vikings are now up to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in the NSIC after a dismantling of Sioux Falls last Thursday. The Vikings stand at No. 14 in the NWCA team rankings while getting five into the individual rankings.

Jaxson Rohman slots in as the No. 2-ranked 125-pounder, and Cade Mueller jumped to No. 4 at 184 pounds. The Vikings have three ranked at No. 11 in their respective weight classes, as Hunter Burnett (141), Cael Larson (149), and Max Ramberg (197) each find themselves in the top-12.

The Vikings now have eight ranked victories on the season, the most since at least 2015-16, and are winners of five straight. Among probables, Ramberg leads the way with 17 wins. Ten of those wins are by tech fall, including nine against DII opponents. Right behind him is Rohman, who has 15 wins and a team-high seven major decisions.

Six individuals ride into the weekend with win streaks in dual action. Kyle Boeke, Tyler Wagener, and Connor Simmonds have each won three consecutive matches. Hunter Burnett has won four in a row and eight out of nine on the season. Rohman and Ramberg have each won five in a row, and Mueller has won 11 consecutive bouts. Coy Gunderson has been effective since the NWCA National Duals, winning five of his last six, including three pins.

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Probables
125 No. 2 Jaxson Rohman
133 Jack Huffman OR John Babineau
141 No. 11 Hunter Burnett
149 Kyle Boeke
157 Payton Handevidt OR Connor Simmonds
165 Tyler Wagener
174 Coy Gunderson
184 No. 4 Cade Mueller OR Danny Reynolds
197 No. 11 Max Ramberg
285 Max Balow OR Zach Peterson

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