Six Vikings Ready For NCAA National Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The No. 8 Augustana wrestling team travels to Wichita, Kansas, this weekend to compete in the 2024 NCAA DII Wrestling Championships. Six Vikings qualified for the tournament and will represent Augustana March 15-16.

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The Competitors
No. 4 Jaxson Rohman – 125 pounds
Rohman makes his third consecutive appearance at the DII Wrestling Championships and looks to build off a national runner-up finish last season. He went 2-1 on his way to a second place finish at the Super Region V Tournament and is 19-4 on the year. Rohman was named to the All-NSIC First Team last week.

Rohman punched his ticket after earning a tech fall over Lucas Ryan of Minnesota State. He then saw his match with Jaden Verhagen of UMary come down to the wire, but pulled through with a decision to advance to the region final. He took the championship match into sudden victory while finishing second.

Rohman will take on Jacob Tangpricha of Central Missouri in the first round.

No. 2 Hunter Burnett – 141 pounds
Burnett won his first region championship at 141 pounds and will make his way to the NCAA DII Championships for the fourth time in his career. He went 4-0 with three pins to complete a dominant run through the tournament. On the year, Burnett is 14-1 overall and was just named to the All-NSIC First Team.

The senior opened his Super Regional 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.

Burnett will take on Khyvon Grace in the first round.

No. 8 Cael Larson – 149 pounds
Larson will wrestle in his first national tournament after finishing second in the Super Region V Tournament. The redshirt freshman went 3-1 in the tournament and is 14-7 on the season.

He 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.

Larson will wrestle Cody Thompson of Colorado School of Mines or Jackson Hoover of UIndy in the first round.

No. 9 Cade Mueller – 184 pounds
Mueller was the final of four Vikings to reach the championship bout and finished second to qualify. It will be his third consecutive NCAA appearance for Mueller. He is 14-5 on the year and went 2-1 at the Super Regional.

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.

He will wrestle Jason Bynarowicz of Colorado Mesa in a prelim match. With a win, Mueller would face Damon Ashworth of Central Missouri.

No. 7 Max Ramberg – 197 pounds
Ramberg earned his way into the tournament after finishing third at the Super Regional. The sophomore will make his first NCAA appearance. He is 22-8 on the season and is one tech fall away from tying the program record. Ramberg went 3-1 in the region tournament.

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 over Minot State’s Cannon Potts in the third-place match to earn his spot in the national tournament.

He will face either John Parker-Wilson of Newberry or Gabe Carranza of Colorado Mesa in the first round.

Zach Peterson – 285 pounds
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. It is his first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Peterson will take on Francesco Borsellino of West Liberty in the first round.

One Last Thing
The tournament will determine the Division II All-America team, with the top eight finishers in each weight class earning All-America status.

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