Mavericks Remain Eighth in Latest Poll

Four Individual Mavericks Remain Ranked in Respective Classes

Edmond, Okla – The Minnesota State Mavericks remain the eighth-ranked team in the latest NCAA Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.  The Mavericks share the eighth-place ranking with Nebraska-Kearney as Wednesday’s release marks the final released poll of the regular season.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha was the unanimous No. 1 pick as they received all eight first-place votes.  Minnesota State fell to Nebraska-Omaha 22-12 on February 4 which was the last time the Mavericks were defeated.

Along with Nebraska-Omaha, the Mavericks have competed against six teams which are ranked in the top 20 poll and will compete against their seventh this Thursday as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 Huskies.  In these duals, the Mavericks defeated No. 10 Upper Iowa, No. 14 San Francisco State and No. 15 Findlay, while losing to No. 2 Augustana and No. 11 North Carolina-Pembroke.

The Mavericks also maintain four individually ranked wrestlers in the latest version of the rankings.  Each Maverick held their respective position in their individual classes as senior Andy Forstner remains No. 4 in the 125-lb class, senior Ben Becker remains No. 6 in the 174-lbs class, junior Aaron Norgren remains No. 6 in the 184-lb class and junior Pat Mahan remains No. 7 in the 197-lb class.

Minnesota State (9-4, 5-1 NSIC) will take their eighth-place ranking on the road this week for the team’s final dual of the regular season as the Mavericks will compete against No. 3 St. Cloud State (18-2, 5-1 NSIC) for second-place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  Action is slated to begin at 7:00 pm in St. Cloud, Minn.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking 
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 2nd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 3rd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 4th
5. Central Oklahoma  119 5th
6. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  117 6th
7. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  114 7th
T8. Minnesota State  99 8th
T8. Nebraska-Kearney  99 9th
10. Upper Iowa  89 11th
11. North Carolina-Pembroke 83 10th
12. Ashland (Ohio) 69 12th
13. Western State (Colo.)  68 13th
14. San Francisco State (Calif.)  65 14th
15. Findlay (Ohio)  44 15th
16. Gannon (Pa.) 41 16th
17. Adams State (Colo.)  20 17th
18. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 19th
19. Wisconsin-Parkside  15 18th
20. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Kutztown (Pa.) and Minnesota State-Moorhead.

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds 
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
3. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
5. Jose Matos, Gannon (Pa.)
6. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
133 Pounds 
1. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
2. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
3. Jason Jeremiason, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
6. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
7. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
141 Pounds 
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
6. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
7. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
8. Gabe Suarez, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
149 Pounds 
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
5. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
6. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
7. Mitchell Means, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. John Paukovits, Kutztown (Pa.)
157 Pounds 
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
5. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
6. Jordan Shields, Mercyhurst (Pa.)
7. Josh Nolan, San Francisco State
8. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
165 Pounds 
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Matt Gille, Wisconsin-Parkside
6. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds 
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
7. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
8. Mark Meuller, Upper Iowa
184 Pounds 
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. A.J. Brentzel, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)
6. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
7. Ryan Becerra, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
8. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
197 Pounds 
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
4. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Lucas Munkelwitz, St. Cloud (Minn.)
7. Pat Mahan, Minnesota State
8. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
285 Pounds 
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
5. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
6. J.D. Ramsey, West Liberty (W.Va.)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Brandon Hayes, Central Missouri

Schneeberger Looks To Settle Unfinished Business

MOORHEAD, Minn. – During the 2009 offseason, the Dragons new era under new head coach Kris Nelson began with a few other new faces, including an unpolished transfer from neighboring NCAA Division-I North Dakota State Brady Schneeberger. By the end of the 2009-10 season, the Dragons had a true champion who has one more step to take in his collegiate career.

Brady came to the Bison after posting 184 career wins at West Central Area High School, including a Class A championship in 2006. As a freshman, Schneeberger posted 12 wins but only competed in five matches as a sophomore. Looking to prove himself Brady jumped the Red River, joining former assistant coach Nelson as new members of the Dragons.

Brady SchneebergerSchneeberger posted an even 17-17 record, including winning eight of his first 10 matches. After hitting a rut following his first Dragon Open as a member of MSUM, Schneeberger caught fire in February, topping it all off with a classic confrontation with then No. 1 ranked Jay Sherer from Augustana.

Schneeberger, given the sixth seed in the regionals, became the only wrestler not given the top seed to become the regional champion by pinning Sherer with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. At the time, it was proof that where someone is at the beginning means nothing in the end.

“Last year was an up and down year for me but heading into the regionals I knew I could match up with everyone,” Schneeberger said. ”I never counted myself out even though a lot of people did.“ The season ended at nationals as Brady came up short, but watching how it all ended fueled the drive with in the regional champion for his last season.

“After watching Jay [Sherer] head to nationals and become national champion after I just beat him really hurt, Schneeberger said. “After that I knew that if he could do it, there is no reason why I can’t make it to the top myself.” Schneeberger once again beat the odds this season, by defeating Jay Sherer once again on the national champions’ home mat.

While knowing he had control of each outcome match in and match out, sitting on the sidelines following an injury sustained at a dual at Mary University was a tougher sight to bear.

“It was really tough on me,” Schneeberger said. “Up until that point I was feeling really good and felt like I was starting to peak then that had to happen. It was really hard to sit on the sidelines and watch all those close duals, knowing I could have been that guy that could’ve made the difference.”

With the region now expanding to 11 teams, the road only got tougher for Schneeberger. The long awaited respect for Schneeberger was shown after he broke into the national rankings, where he currently sits at No. 3 in the nation. Schneeberger is out to prove he belongs as one of the NCAA’s elite. Part of that means going through a gauntlet schedule.

“When you get to nationals you’re wrestling the best every single match,” Schneeberger said. “If you have a weak schedule you’re not going to be prepared for that. I won’t be doubting myself because I’ve gone up against some of the toughest wrestlers in the country.” Part of Brady’s dedication is attributed to his parents, Dean and Gail Schneeberger.

“They’ve been making it to just about every match since I started back in second grade,” Schneeberger said. “Now I’m in my fifth year of college wrestling and they are still right there. I don’t know what they are going to do after this is all over.”

Schneeberger has lead his teammates by a quiet example, but when the post season arrives, his last order of business will be capturing that national championship and once again, silencing his critics.

Mustangs On the Road to Finish NSIC Season

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (6-4-1, 1-4 NSIC) will close out the 2010-11 regular season this week in NSIC action on Thursday with a dual against the University of Mary (5-8, 1-5 NSIC) starting at 6 p.m. The Mustangs will then travel to Aberdeen, S.D. to take on Northern State (3-9-1, 0-6 NSIC) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the final dual of the season.

Follow us live: All NSIC wrestling matches are video broadcast live free of charge by New Media TV. Log onto www.northernsun.org/live.cfmto learn more and to watch the Mustangs when they are on the road! Or go to www.smsumustangs.com and click on the Live Video Webcasts tab on the right hand side of the page.

Streak snapped: Senior CD Johnson had is consecutive wins streak snapped last Thursday in SMSU’s dual with No. 8 Minnesota State. MSU”s Aaron Norgren who is ranked No. 6 at 184 pounds, slipped past Johnson with a 6-4 decision in overtime. Johnson would get back on track the following night, and extend his season record to 23-12 in defeating Buena Vista’s Demetrius Heard by fall at 2:39 adding to SMSU’s large lead over BVU.

Rodas Rules: Junior Brian Rodas (285 pounds) got back on track last week picking up two wins. Rodas defeated MSU’s Nate Haynes in a 9-5 decision capping off the dual with Minnesota State. He would extend his season record to 7-1 with a win by fall over Buena Vista’s Jacob Nelson at 3:35 giving SMSU a 38-6 win over the Beavers. Four of his seven wins this season have come by fall.

The reign of Reinsma:
 Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) extended his season record to 23-10 earning two wins last week. Reinsma was the first to score for SMSU against Minnesota State last Thursday winning an 8-3 decision over Paul Norgren. His second win came on Friday night against Buena Vista’s Michael Berardesco. Reinsma recorded his third major decision of the season defeating Berardesco 12-4.

20-plus club: CD Johnson and Justin Reinsma were the first two Mustangs this season to reach the 20-win plateau. Johnson currently owns a record of 23-12 while Reinsma sits at 23-10.

Winning tradition: Southwest Minnesota State’s six wins on the season mark the highest number of wins in a single season since the 2003-04 season when SMSU finished 7-11 overall and 0-2 in NSIC play.

History lesson: SMSU’s 18-3 record in 1978-79 marks the highest win total in by a Mustang wrestling team in school history.

Marauders at a glance: U-Mary enters the dual with a record of 5-8 overall and 1-5 in NSIC action. The Marauders picked up their first NSIC victory with a 21-17 win over Northern State on Feb. 15. Brady Anderson (184 pounds) enters the dual at 18-8 on the season. The sophomore has won nine consecutive bouts dating back to Jan. 19. Anderson was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 24.

Results vs. the Marauders: 
Southwest Minnesota State is 2-0 all-time against U-Mary. The two teams first met during the 2008-09 season. The Mustangs defeated U-Mary on Feb. 13 last season 25-15 in Marshall. The win marked SMSU’s first NSIC win of the season and gave SMSU its highest win total since the 2005-06 season.

Wolves at a glance: Northern State (3-9-1, 0-6 NSIC) is coming off eight straight losses dating back to Jan. 12 when they defeated Northwestern (Iowa) 47-3. The Wolves lost a tight 21-17 NSIC dual against U-Mary on Feb. 15. Matthew Meuleners leads the Wolves with a record of 21-3 at 197 pounds. Meuleners had won 14 consecutive matches before losing a 5-4 decision to Jake Kahnke of St. Cloud State on Feb. 4. Before that match, his last loss was on Nov. 13.

Results vs. the Wolves: SMSU and Northern State first met during the 1979-80 season. The Mustangs own an 11-game lead in the all-time series against the Wolves (20-9-2). The two teams last met last season on Feb. 19. In that meeting, Northern State rallied from a 15-0 deficit to defeat SMSU 21-18 in Marshall.

Mustang lineup:

Wt.     Wrestler
125     Travis Borchert (9-12)
133     Justin Reinsma (23-10)
141     Ethan Hildebrandt (17-9) or Codie Lane (9-10)
149     Demond Carter (4-6)
157     Casey Field (9-15)
165     William Fate (7-5) or Travis Frederiksen (2-4)
174     Zach Coates (10-7)
184     CD Johnson (23-12)
197     Martin Hagen (10-12) or Erik Berdahl (11-2)
285     Brian Rodas (7-1)

Marauder lineup: 

Wt.     Wrestler
125     Matt Garcia
133     Ryan Swelland
141     Tanner Beaman
149     Landon DellaSilva
157     Brandon DeLeao
165     Taylor Nagel
174     Kurt Wiedrich or Ross Edison
184     Brady Anderson
197     Kriss McLeary
285     Austin Woo or Martin Patron

Last time out: The Mustangs earned a 38-6 win over Buena Vista University last Friday night in Marshall. SMSU picked up three falls and two technical falls on the night walking away with a big win over the Beavers. SMSU fell behind 3-0 early when No. 2 ranked Austin Mogg defeated Travis Borchert.

Southwest Minnesota State would win eight of the next nine bouts to defeat the Beavers. Demond Carter, CD Johnson and Brian Rodas all won by fall while Justin Reinsma won by major decision. Casey Field and Zach Coates each won by technical fall.

The Mustangs began the week on Thursday night with a 31-6 loss against No. 8 ranked Minnesota State. Justin Reinsma and Brian Rodas picked up the only two wins for the Mustangs in the dual. Reinsma earned an 8-3 decision at 133 pounds and Rodas won a 9-5 decision at 285 pounds.

Dragons Host Senior Night in Regular Season Finale

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team finishes the dual season with an NSIC showdown against No. 10 Upper Iowa Peacocks on Thursday. The Dragons will showcase their annual Senior Night to honor seniors Evan FordeBrady SchneebergerTallen Wald and Jon Swart.

THE DRAGONS
The Dragons are currently on a three-dual winning streak, which includes wins over Minot State (N.D.), Northern State (S.D.) and Dickinson State (N.D.). The Dragons currently reside one spot outside the top-20 rankings despite winning three of the last four duals since the previous polls were released on Feb. 3.

The Dragons are lead by two ranked wrestlers, Corey Ulmer who leads the Dragons with 20 wins, one short of his win total from last season. Ulmer currently is ranked third in the nation at 125 pounds, one spot behind his opponent Thursday night, Trevor Franklin. Also ranked No. 3 is senior Brady Schneeberger at 141 pounds.

Schneeberger became ranked No. 6 in the nation after defeating Augustana’s (S.D.) Jay Sherer, last year’s NCAA Division-II National Champion, for the second straight time on Jan. 15. Since then Schneeberger has moved up three spots and is 1-1 since returning to the mat on Feb. 10 after missing three weeks of action.

UPPER IOWA
After getting thwarted by Minnesota State Mankato, the Peacocks have gone 2-2, including losses in their last two duals against Augustana and St. Cloud State. The Peacocks currently hold a 5-5 record (3-3 NSIC) on the season but are 1-2 away from Fayette, Iowa.

Almost all of the Peacocks upper weights currently hold a national ranking with Mark Meuller (174 pounds), Mitch Schultz (184 pounds) and Carl Broghammer (197 pounds) all sitting at the last ranking, No. 8 in the nation. In all, six Peacocks have a spot in the national rankings, including heavyweight Zach Rosol (No. 4) and 133-pounder Kyle Pedretti (No. 4).

The dual’s biggest match up puts Upper Iowa’s Trevor Franklin (No. 2) against the Dragons’ Corey Ulmer (No. 3) at 125 pounds. Franklin and Ulmer met at the Brute-Adidas Auggie Open at the University of Augsburg back on Nov. 20 in a match that came down to the wire. Ulmer will look to avenge his four-point championship loss and match his win total from 2009-10.

THE SENIORS
Seniors Evan Forde (Fargo, N.D.), Brady Schneeberger (Elbow Lake, Minn.), Tallen Wald (Montevideo, Minn.) and Jon Swart (Fargo, N.D.) will be honored Thursday night prior to the dual. Forde and Wald were both named team captains coming into this season with Wald returning as one of the national qualifiers from 2009. The four seniors have totalled 55 wins as a group so far this season, all with .500 records or better in the NSIC.

The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons will send a starter from each weight class to the NCAA Division-II Super III Regionals on Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. on the campus of Augustana College.

Live Chat With Mike Thorn Set For Noon Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS — Want an inside look at the life of an All-American wrestler? Join Minnesota redshirt senior Mike Thorn for a live chat this Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to find out what it takes to wrestle at one of the top programs in college wrestling.

The St. Michael, Minn. native will take questions from fans throughout the chat and talk about this weekend’s upcoming battle between the No. 5 Gophers and No. 2 Iowa.  Minnesota will host its Big Ten rival on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual later that night at 8:30 p.m.

Thorn, ranked second at 141 lbs. by InterMat, will have another challenge on Sunday when he meets Iowa’s Montell Marion – ranked third in the weight class – on the mat. Thorn is 32-2 on the year and leads all Big Ten wrestlers in wins.

Follow tomorrow’s chat at Gophersports.com. Questions can be posted in advance at Facebook.com/GopherWrestling.

Mavericks Close Out Regular Season Against No. 3 Huskies

What’s Next: The No. 8 Minnesota State Mavericks (9-4, 5-1 NSIC) close out the regular season Thursday as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 ranked Huskies (18-2, 5-1 NSIC). The dual is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm and will decide who finishes second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. No. 2 Augustana (14-1, 7-0 NSIC) wrapped up the regular season conference title last week with its win over Upper Iowa.

Scouting the Huskies: St. Cloud State enters Thursday’s dual 18-2 overall and 5-1 in NSIC action. Like the Mavericks, the Huskies lone conference loss came at the hands of No. 2 Augustana. The Huskies dropped an 18-13 decision to Augustana on January 27. St. Cloud State currently has seven individually ranked wrestlers led by the top-ranked heavyweight Jacob Kahnke (20-1). Ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes are John Sundgren (157-lbs, 8-2) and Tad Merritt (165-lbs, 29-3). Remaining ranked Huskies include: Lucas Munkelwitz (197-lbs, 16-5), Jacob Horn (149-lbs, 15-8), Gabe Suarez (141-lbs, 20-7) and Shamus O’Grady (174-lbs, 23-6).
Inside the Series: Thursday’s dual marks the 40th meeting between the two schools as the Mavericks hold a 22-15-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Ranked Mavericks: The Mavericks currently have three individual wrestlers who are ranked in their respective weight classes. Senior Andy Forstner holds the highest ranking as he is the fourth-ranked wrestler in the 125-lb class. Also ranked for the Mavericks are junior Aaron Norgren (184-lbs) and senior Ben Becker (174-lbs) who each rank sixth in their respective weight class. Rounding out the ranked individual wrestlers is junior Pat Mahan who debuted in the rankings for the first time last week as the seventh-ranked wrestler in the 197-lb class.
Team and Individual Notes: The No. 8 Mavericks wrapped up the home portion of their schedule last week as they improved to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 31-6 win over Southwest Minnesota State…The Mavericks won eight of the night’s ten matches including wins by the team’s two seniors, Andy Forstner (No. 4, 125-lbs) and Ben Becker (No. 6, 174-lbs)…The last home dual for the two seniors resulted in a win by fall for Forstner (:34) and a 12-2 win by major decision for Becker…The Mavericks complete their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 17 as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 Huskies…Junior Aaron Norgren is the only Maverick with 20 or more wins…Norgren stands at 21-8 overall and 12-1 in dual matches…Two Mavericks have 19-wins as freshman Brendan Eichmann owns a 19-15 overall record while junior Tel Todd maintains a 10-11 record…Norgren has won 11 of his last 12 matches including a current streak of five in a row.
About the Coach: Head coach Jim Makovsky (Valley City State ’89) is in his 18th season at MSU. Makovsky, who holds a 220-78-3 overall record at MSU, has coached collegiate wrestling for 21 years and possesses a 243-97-5 career record.Next Up:

The Mavericks will next be in action on Sunday, February 27 as they compete in the NCAA Division II Regional in Sioux Falls, S.D.

No. 2 Vikings entertain No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha in dual finale on Wednesday

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This week: No. 2 Augustana (14-1) will conclude dual action for the season on Wednesday when it hosts No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha (11-1) at 7 p.m.

Last time out: Augustana secured its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling title with a 29-8 victory over No. 11 Upper Iowa last Friday night in Sioux Falls.  The Vikings won eight of 10 matches to throttle the Peacocks.

Top-teams tilt: The buzz around Wednesday’s dual with Nebraska-Omaha exists for two main reasons.  First, it’s a classic No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup that will likely determine who takes the top spot in the final NCAA Division II rankings.  Second, Augustana has a chance to deliver a dose of payback to UNO, which beat the Vikings 17-15 in January at the NWCA National Duals.  That defeat marked Augustana’s only loss of the season.

We meet again:  The Vikings are 2-0 this season when facing a team for the second time.  Augustana has defeated both Minnesota State and St. Cloud State twice in 2010-11.  Wednesday’s contest with Nebraska-Omaha is also a second meeting.  To read about the last time the two teams faced off, click here.

A chance at history:  A win on Wednesday against Nebraska-Omaha would be historic.  A victory over the Mavericks would give the Vikings their 15th dual win of the season, beating the previous record of 14.  Augustana also reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Conference title:  The conference crown picked up by the Vikings last Friday was their first in the NSIC and their third overall. Augustana finished 7-0 in NSIC competition. The Vikings won the North Central Conference in 1981 and 2005–the latter also under head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Nationally ranked opponents:  Wednesday will be Augustana’s sixth contest this season against a nationally ranked opponent.  The Vikings are 5-1 against nationally ranked teams and 3-0 against them at home.  Augustana has beat both No. 7/No. 8 Minnesota State and No. 2/No. 3 St. Cloud State twice and No. 11 Upper Iowa once.

Home improvement: 
 Augustana hasn’t lost at home since the 2008-09 season.  The Vikings finished 4-0 at home last season and are currently 6-0 in the Elmen this season.  The last time Augustana lost at home was on Feb. 6, 2009, when St. Cloud State topped the Vikings 17-16.

Northern Sun honors:  The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Monday that 133-pounder Jason Jeremiason is its Wrestler of the Week.  Jeremiason knocked off top-ranked Kyle Pedretti of Upper Iowa on Friday night, helping Augustana to a 28-9 victory over the Peacocks. The win secured the NSIC title for the Vikings, who finished conference dual action with a perfect 7-0 mark. Jeremiason used a pair of takedowns and more than two minutes of riding time to notch the 5-1 win. His victory pushed the Viking lead to 12-3.  The Vikings have had four Wrestler of the Week honorees this season.

Date Wrestler
Nov. 29 Cody Lensing
Jan. 10 Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31 Ty Copsey
Feb. 14 Jason Jeremiason

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 14-1 record has included its fair share of one-sided wins this season.  The Vikings have pitched shutouts three times and held opponents to just six points six times.  Augustana has outscored its opponents 444-106 this season.

Viking lineup: 

Wt. Wrestler
125 Al Meger
133 Jason Jeremiason
141 Jay Sherer
149 Nate Herda
157 Marcus Edgington
165 Gavin Nelson
174 Carl Serck
184 Tom Davies OR Sean Derry
197 Ty Copsey
285 Lance Peters

National news: Augustana retained its No. 2 ranking in the latest NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released Feb. 3 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings accumulated 150 points and had six individuals ranked.  Nebraska-Omaha held on to the No. 1 position, earning 158 points and eight first-place votes. The Mavericks have held the top spot all season. St. Cloud State received the other two first-place votes and 148 points to be ranked third.

Date
Ranking
Oct. 21 3rd
Dec. 8 3rd
Jan. 4 3rd
Jan. 2 2nd
Feb. 3 2nd

Who’s ranked: The Vikings had six individuals ranked in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. Ty Copsey collected the highest individual ranking for the Vikings, checking in at No. 2 at 197 pounds.  Marcus Edgington was No. 3 at 157 pounds, while Jay Sherer and Gavin Nelsonwere No. 4 at 141 and 165 pounds, respectively.  Nate Herda took the No. 6 spot at 149 pounds, and Carl Serck was No. 7 at 174 pounds.  To view the latest rankings, click here.

Northern Sun rankings:  Augustana is ranked No. 1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Vikings accumulated 57 points in the conference. Nate Herda was the top pick at 149 pounds, while Ty Copsey was also No. 1 at 197 pounds.  Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds), Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were all in No. 2 spots.  Al Meger (125 pounds) and Lance Peters (285 pounds) were both No. 5 at their respective weights, while Tom Davies was No. 7 at 184 pounds.

Regionally speaking:  The Vikings are No. 2 in Super Regional Three after earning 48 points in the rankings released Feb. 1. Ty Copsey (197 pounds) was the lone Viking to take a top spot regionally. Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) were all ranked second.  Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) checked in at No. 3, Al Meger (125 pounds) and Lance Peters (285 pounds) at No. 5 and Tom Davies (184 pounds) at No. 7.

NSIC names Jeremiason Wrestler of the Week for second time

NSIC RELEASE

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Monday that Augustana’s Jason Jeremiason has been named Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the No. 2 Vikings’ win over No. 11 Upper Iowa last Friday. This marks the second time this season Jeremiason has earned the honor.

Jason JeremiasonJeremiason, a junior 133-pounder from Marshall, Minn., knocked off top-ranked Kyle Pedretti of UIU on Friday night, helping Augustana to a 28-9 victory over the Peacocks. The win secured the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title for the Vikings, who finished conference dual action with a perfect 7-0 mark. Jeremiason used a pair of takedowns and more than two minutes of riding time to notch the 5-1 win. His victory pushed the Viking lead to 12-3.

Jeremiason, who also earned Wrestler of the Week accolades on Jan. 10, is now 17-3 on the season.

Augustana has had four Wrestler of the Week recipients this season. Cody Lensing picked up the honor on Nov. 29, Jeremiason on Jan. 10 and Ty Copsey on Jan. 31.

No. 2 Augustana (14-1) will conclude dual action for the season on Wednesday when it hosts No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha (11-1) at 7 p.m.