Burnett Wins Region Title; Vikings Sending Six to NCAA Championships

MINOT, N.D. – Hunter Burnett won a region championship, while the Augustana wrestling team placed third overall at the NCAA Super Region V tournament. The Vikings will send six wrestlers to the NCAA DII Championships in Wichita, Kansas. They totaled 118.5 points as a team, with St. Cloud State and Parkside edging out AU.

Jaxson Rohman, Hunter Burnett, Cael Larson, Cade Mueller, Max Ramberg, and Zach Peterson will represent Augustana March 15-16 at the National Championships.

Rohman was the first to punch his ticket for the Vikings at 125 pounds. After earning a tech fall over Lucas Ryan of Minnesota State, he saw his match with Jaden Verhagen come down to the wire, but Rohman pulled through with a decision to advance to the region final. He closed the night, finishing second.

For the fourth time in his career, Burnett earned his way to National Qualifier status. The senior opened his day with a pair of pins, first against Hunter Pfantz and then against Kaden DeCoteau of UMary. He then knocked off Alyeus Craig of St. Cloud State for the second time this season via decision to secure his spot in the National Tournament. Burnett left a lasting impression in his final career regional match, earning a first-period pin over No. 3 Cayden Henschel of Parkside to earn his first career region title at 141 pounds.

For just the first time, Larson became a national qualifier. The redshirt freshman earned a tech fall and pin on his way to the semifinals where he knocked off No. 11 Jalen Spuhler by decision to become a national qualifier and give himself a chance at the region title. Larson ultimately fell in the title bout, finishing second at 149 pounds.

Mueller ended up with a pair of victories to get to the region final and earn a spot in the national tournament. He earned a tech fall before defeating No. 9 Wyatt Linberg in overtime to earn a spot in the region final. Mueller lost narrowly to place second.

Ramberg started his trek with a bye and then a victory over Chase Stegall of Parkside to reach the semifinals. After dropping a close decision, he battled back with a win over No. 7 Matt Kaylor of UMary and a pin of Minot State’s Cannon Potts in the third place match to earn his spot in the national tournament.

Rounding out the qualifiers was Peterson. The Perham, Minnesota native was gutty throughout the day, earning a win over No. 7 Jake Swirple of Minot State in sudden victory and then knocking off Jacob Dykes of SMSU following a loss to make his way to the third-place match. Peterson then proved his earlier victory with another sudden victory over Swirple to keep his season alive.

NCAA Division II Super Region Qualifier Results

125 – Jaxson Rohman – 2nd Place
Championship First Round – Bye
Championship Quarterfinals – Jaxson Rohman over Lucas Ryan (MSU) (TF 4:01 (16-0))
Championship Semifinals – Jaxson Rohman over Jaden Verhagen (UMary) (Dec 7-6)
Championship Finals – Shane Corrigan (UWP) over Jaxson Rohman (SV-1 9-6)

133 – Jack Huffman – 6th Place
Championship First Round – Jack Huffman over Thomas Carillo (MSUM) (Fall 5:28)
Championship Quarterfinals – Jack Huffman over Matthew Chi (UWP) (SV-1 8-5)
Championship Semifinals – Beau Klingensmith (USF) over Jack Huffman (MD 11-1)
Cons. Semifinals – Caleb Meekins (SCSU) over Jack Huffman (Fall 1:34)
5th Place – Wayne Joint (Minot) over Jack Huffman (Dec 5-4)

141 – Hunter Burnett – 1st Place
Championship First Round – Hunter Burnett over Hunter Pfantz (SMSU) (Fall 5:59)
Championship Quarterfinals – Hunter Burnett won by fall over Kaden DeCoteau (UMary) (Fall 2:54)
Championship Semifinals – Hunter Burnett over Alyeus Craig (SCSU) (Dec 6-4)
Championship Finals – Hunter Burnett over Cayden Henschel (UWP) (Fall 3:15)

149 – Cael Larson – 2nd Place
Championship First Round – Cael Larson over Cooper Sanders (USF) (TF-1.5 5:16 (19-4))
Championship Quarterfinals – Cael Larson over Ryan Hrcka (Minot) (Fall 5:10)
Championship Semifinals – Cael Larson over Jalen Spuhler (UWP) (Dec 7-4)
Championship Finals – Colby Njos (SCSU) over Cael Larson (Dec 5-0)

157 – Connor Simmonds
Championship First Round – Connor Simmonds over Sean Howk (SMSU) (MD 8-0)
Championship Quarterfinals – Braydon Huber (UMary) over Connor Simmonds (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Bye
Cons. Round 3 – Caleb Meunier (MSU) over Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) 13-5 (MD 14-5)

165 – Tyler Wagener – 6th Place
Championship First Round – Bye
Championship Quarterfinals – Tyler Wagener over Chase Bloomquist (NSU) (Dec 4-3)
Championship Semifinals – Anthony Herrera (SCSU) over Tyler Wagener (TF 7:00 (15-0))
Cons. Semifinals – Brady Schuh (UWP) over Tyler Wagener (Dec 11-5)
5th Place – Kole Marko (MSU) over Tyler Wagener (Fall 1:38)

174 – Coy Gunderson – 5th Place
Championship First Round – Bye
Championship Quarterfinals – Brody Hemauer (UWP) over Coy Gunderson (SV-1 4-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Coy Gunderson over Brody Mohr (Minot) (Fall 2:17)
Cons. Round 3 – Coy Gunderson over Lucas Hodges (SMSU) (Fall 3:36)
Cons. Semifinals – Max Bruss (UMary) over Coy Gunderson (Dec 8-6)
5th Place – Coy Gunderson over Lawson Losee (UIU) (Dec 3-2)

184 – Cade Mueller – 2nd Place
Championship First Round – Bye
Championship Quarterfinals – Cade Mueller over Anthony Sykora (MSUM) (TF 5:57 (15-0))
Championship Semifinals – Cade Mueller over Wyatt Lidberg (UMary) (TB-1 2-1)
Championship Finals – Reece Worachek (UWP) over Cade Mueller (Dec 4-2)

197 – Max Ramberg – 3rd Place
Championship First Round – Bye
Championship Quarterfinals – Max Ramberg over Chase Stegall (UWP) (Dec 5-4)
Championship Semifinals – Dominic Murphy (SCSU) over Max Ramberg (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semifinals – Max Ramberg over Matt Kaylor (UMary) (Dec 8-1)
3rd Place Match – Max Ramberg over Cannon Potts (Minot) (Fall 6:19)

285 – Zach Peterson – 3rd Place
Championship First Round – Bye
Championship Quarterfinals – Zach Peterson over Jake Swirple (Minot) (SV-1 8-5)
Championship Semifinals – Lloyd Reynolds (UWP) over Zach Peterson (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semifinals – Zach Peterson over Jacob Dykes (SMSU) (Dec 8-1)
3rd Place Match – Zach Peterson over Jake Swirple (Minot) (SV-1 4-1)

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