Four Vikings Solidify All-American Status on Day One of the DII National Championships

WICHITA, Kan. – Four Augustana wrestlers earned All-American status, while two are still alive for national titles following the first day of the NCAA DII National Championships. Four is the most All-Americans for the Vikings since 2011.

At 125, Jaxson Rohman dominated to earn his second consecutive All-American honor in his third NCAA Tournament. The junior opened the day with a first-period pin over Jacob Tangpricha of Central Missouri in the first round. He then knocked off Dayson Torgerson of Colorado Mesa 11-4 to earn his spot in the semifinals.

285-pounder Zach Peterson is also moving on to the semifinals. Peterson sent shockwaves throughout the city of Wichita when he knocked off top-seeded Francesco Borsellino of West Liberty in sudden victory to start his run. He kept it rolling in the quarterfinals, earning All-American status for the first time in his career after another sudden victory, this time over No. 8 Taniela Feliciano-Takafua of Simon Fraser.

Hunter Burnett became an All-American the hard way, dropping his second match of the day before earning a victory in the consolation rounds. The redshirt senior started his day with a 8-1 sudden victory over Khyvon Grace of West Liberty. After dropping his quarterfinal match by a narrow margin, Burnett bounced back in a big way, earning a decision in the second consolation round to earn his second career All-American honor.

Rounding out the Augustana All-Americans was 197-pound Max Ramberg. Ramberg went 2-1 on the day for his first career All-American honor. He used a dominant third period to finish off a comeback victory in the first round and then fell to No. 2 Derek Blubaugh of UIndy in the quarterfinals. He left little doubt of his status in the consolation second round, earning a 12-6 victory over Nicholas Johnson of Glenville State to secure his spot in tomorrow’s action.

Cael Larson fell in the first round before defeating No. 1-seeded Christian Small of Lake Erie in the first round of the consolation bracket. Larson fought to the end in his final match, ultimately losing by decision after a lengthy review to end his tournament. Cade Mueller earned a pair of wins in the prelims and the first round of the consolation bracket on his way to a 2-2 finish.

125 – No. 4 Jaxson Rohman
Champ. First Round – Jaxson Rohman over Jacob Tangpricha (Central Missouri) (Fall 2:18)
Champ. Quarterfinals – Jaxson Rohman over Dayson Torgerson (Colorado Mesa) (Dec 11-4)

141 – No. 2 Hunter Burnett
Champ. First Round – Hunter Burnett over Khyvon Grace (West Liberty) (SV-1 8-1)
Champ. Quarterfinals – No. 7 Tate Murty (Upper Iowa) over Hunter Burnett (Dec 6-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Hunter Burnett over Corey Gamet (Lake Erie) (Dec 11-6)

149 – No. 8 Cael Larson
Champ.First Round – Cody Thompson (Colorado School of Mines) over Cael Larson (Dec 5-3)
Cons. First Round – Cael Larson over No. 1 Christian Small (Lake Erie) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Colby Njos (St. Cloud State) over Cael Larson (Dec 4-0)

184 – Cade Mueller
Prelims – Cade Mueller over Jason Bynarowicz (Colorado Mesa) (Dec 3-2)
Champ. First Round – No. 7 Damon Ashworth (Central Missouri) over Cade Mueller (Dec 6-4)
Cons. First Round – Cade Mueller over Anthony Giampietro (Millersville) (MD 10-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Billy Higgins (Nebraska-Kearney) over Cade Mueller (Dec 11-6)

197 – No. 7 Max Ramberg
Champ. First Round – Max Ramberg over John Parker-Wilson (Newberry) (Dec 11-9)
Champ. Quarterfinals – No. 2 Derek Blubaugh (UIndy) over Max Ramberg (Dec 9-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Max Ramberg over Nicholas Johnson (Glenville State) (Dec 12-6)

285 – Zach Peterson
Champ. First Round – Zach Peterson over No. 1 Francesco Borsellino (West Liberty) (Dec 3-1)
Champ. Quarterfinals – Zach Peterson over No. 8 Taniela Feliciano-Takafua (Simon Fraser) (SV-1 4-1)

Up Next
The four All-Americans will wrestle for placement on Saturday, day two of the NCAA DII National Championships, starting at 10 a.m.

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