Familiar Foes Reunite As Dragons And Cobbers Meet Again

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team returns to Moorhead but will remain on the road, facing off against cross-town rival Concordia College, ranked No. 7 in the latest NCAA Division-III standings. The two teams will tangle for the 60th time in the two school’s history on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The No. 20 Dragons lead the all-time series 44-15, including last years dual that saw a big Dragon lead nearly slip away. Nearly a year ago today, the Dragons met up with the perennial D-III power that was ranked seventh in the nation at the time. The rankings will not be the only familiarity between the two duals.

A familiar foe
The Dragons, much like this year, received catalytic boosts from both heavyweight and 125-pound matches. Former heavyweight Tim Johnsonpinned the Cobbers’ Nick Nadeau and current 125-pounder Corey Ulmer followed that up with a 5-3 decision of Ben Presler. Ulmer, much like Wednesday night’s dual, came in leading the team in wins.

The Dragons have four returning starters from that dual who picked up wins, including Ulmer, 141-pounder Brady Schneeberger, 157-pounderTallen Wald and 165-pounder Tyler Kivel. All of the Dragons’ victims that night are returning for the Cobbers including Ben Presler (125), Ben Anderson (141), Kevin Fynboh (157), Joe Meinert (165), Ross Dankers (174) and Nick Nadeau (285).

This season for the Cobbers
The Cobbers come in with an undefeated record of 6-0, largely wrestling in open tournaments thus far this season. Wednesday night marks the second and last home dual of the season for the Cobbers, who defeated Ridgewater Community College 26-16 on Jan. 12. The Cobbers do enter the dual with last year’s NCAA Division-III national champion Phil Moenkedick (184 pounds).

This season for the Dragons
The Dragons have been exchanging wins and losses so far this season, entering Wednesday’s dual with a 4-6 record. In those 10 duals, eight have come against top-15 ranked opponents. The Dragons have won three of their four matches by a combined 113-19. The only close win for the Dragons came against No. 10 ranked Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 18-16.

Three keys in the dual
Ulmer’s hot streak
The Dragons are lead in wins by redshirt junior Corey Ulmer who has posted a 17-4 record at 125 pounds this season. Ulmer has won 12 of his last 13 matches after losing a narrow decision to No. 3 ranked Trevor Franklin of Upper Iowa in the gold division championship match at the Augsburg Open. Just 15 days after falling to No. 1 Russell Weakley of North Carolina-Pembroke 4-5, Ulmer knocked off No. 2 Andy Forstner of Minnesota State Mankato by an 8-0 major decision.

Swart’s new class
Last season, Jon Swart had his struggles at 197-pounds, going 3-15 on the year. But a move up to heavyweight has given Swart a chance to become stronger and more focused on wrestling, instead of trying to keep down weight. This has resulted in an 11-8 turn around for the Fargo, N.D. native. Swart has won nine of his last 12 matches, nearly upsetting No. 1 ranked Jake Kahnke of St. Cloud State on Sunday.

The one big match
In last year’s dual, it was Tim Johnson’s pin that made the biggest impact on the Dragons 22-18 win over Concordia. This year’s dual is expected to be close once again and head coach Kris Nelson expects another big match to determine this year’s dual.

“I think it may come down to us getting either a pin or a couple big wins,” Nelson said. “I’m not sure where the big win might come from but we got a couple of guys who can do it.”

The big win may come from either 141-pounder Brady Schneeberger or 174-pounder Trent Sovde, both game day decisions after both were inactive for the Dragons last dual.

The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside the Memorial Auditorium on the Concordia Cobber campus.

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Possible starters for Wednesday’s dual
125 – No. 6 Corey Ulmer (17-4)
133 – Evan Forde (11-10)
141 – No. 3 Brady Schneeberger (9-8) or Connor MacGregor (5-4)
149 – Tyler Steinwand (8-11)
157 – Tallen Wald (13-7)
165 – Tyler Kivel (6-5)
174 – Trent Sovde (12-7) or Jacob Bennett (11-12 at 165, 0-1 @ 174)
184 – Jacob McLean (2-7)
197 – Brian Woelfel (6-11)
285 – Jon Swart (11-8)

Augsburg Wrestling “Reunion of Ones” set for Friday

MINNEAPOLIS — The Augsburg College wrestling program will celebrate the history of three championship teams with a reunion celebration on Friday, Feb. 4 as a part of the team’s dual with Wartburg College at Si Melby Hall.

Dubbed the “Reunion of Ones,” the Auggies will celebrate the 1961 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship team — Augsburg’s first of its 30 MIAC team championships — and its 1991 and 2001 NCAA Division III national championship squads prior to the Auggies’ dual meet with Wartburg on Feb. 4.

A social hour will be held at 5 p.m., with individual team reunions starting at 6 p.m. The three teams will come together to be honored at 6:45 p.m., in the Kennedy Center.

The Augsburg-Wartburg match will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the three championship teams honored on the mat during intermission (after the fifth bout of the evening). A post-match social will be held at Sgt. Preston’s in the Seven Corners area of Minneapolis.

In addition to the Augsburg-Wartburg match, there will also be a high school dual meet between Coon Rapids and Albert Lea that will begin at 5 p.m. at Si Melby Hall.

For more information on the reunion, contact Augsburg head coach Mark Matzek at 612-330-1116 or at matzek@augsburg.edu.

Mustangs Welcome Two Ranked Opponents in NSIC Duals

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team will put an end to its four-match homestand this weekend hosting two ranked opponents in No. 2 Augustana College and No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Mustangs will dual the Vikings at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 before welcoming the Dragons at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Veteran presence:
 CD Johnson (184 pounds) continues to roll picking up his 20th win of the season last Friday against Upper Iowa’s Mark Mueller. Johnson earned a 10-2 major decision over Mueller. Before the dual with Upper Iowa the Mustangs squared off with No. 3 St. Cloud State where Johnson earned a 15-0 technical fall over No. 5 Mic Berg. The senior stretched his season record to 20-11 on the season.

Rodas rules:
 Junior Brian Rodas (285 pounds) earned his fourth consecutive victory of the season—third by fall—when he pinned Upper Iowa’s Arron Cramer 35 seconds into the bout last Friday night. Roads’ only other bout of the season was a 5-1 decision over St. Cloud State’s Chris Brassell.

The reign of Reinsma:
 Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) enters the weekend with a 20-9 record. Reinsma is coming off two losses, his last coming against Kyle Pedretti of Upper Iowa who is ranked second at 133 pounds in the NCAA. Reinsma has recorded seven pins on the season to go along with one technical fall, two major decisions and 10 decisions.

Vikings at a glance:
 Augustana College enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in the NWCA Top 25 Poll and atop the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings with an overall record of 11-0, and 5-0 in conference play. The Vikings have won five straight duals since losing to then No. 1 ranked Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 9.

Augustana has six wrestlers ranked individually in the NWCA poll. Jay Sherer is ranked No. 4 at 141 pounds, Nate Herda, eighth at 149 pounds, Marcus Edingtion, second at 157 pounds, Gavin Nelson, sixth at 165 pounds, Carl Serck, sixth at 174 pounds and Ty Copsey, second at 197 pounds, all ranked in the top eight of their weight class in the latest edition of the NWCA coaches poll.

Results vs. the Vikings:
 The Mustangs and the Vikings first met during the 1982-83 season. Augustana currently leads the all-time series 21-4. The Mustangs have lost 10 straight duals against Augustana.

Dragons at a glance: MSU Moorhead, ranked No. 20 in the country enters the weekend with an overall record of 4-6. The Dragons are 1-3 in conference duals this season. MSU Moorhead will play host to border rival Concordia Moorhead tonight in a non-conference dual. The Dragons have two individuals ranked in the top eight in their particular weight classes. Corey Ulmer is ranked sixth at 125 pounds and Brady Schneeberger is ranked third at 141 pounds.

Results vs. the Dragons:
 Southwest Minnesota State owns a 24-17 all-time record against MSU Moorhead. The two teams first met during the 1983-84 season. The Mustangs have lost nine straight duals to the Dragons. Last season, the Dragons defeated SMSU 32-6 in a dual in Moorhead.

Mustang lineup:

Wt.     Wrestler
125     Travis Borchert
133     Justin Reinsma
141     Ethan Hildebrandt
149     Demond Carter or Kyle Anderson
157     Casey Field
165     William Fate or Logan McAlpin
174     Zach Coates
184     CD Johnson
197     Martin Hagen
285     Brian Rodas

Last time out: No. 10 Upper Iowa University won three out of 10 bouts tonight at the PE Gym to defeat Southwest Minnesota State University 24-13 in an NSIC dual in Marshall. The Peacocks improve to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the NSIC while SMSU falls to 4-2-1 and 0-2 in the NSIC.

SMSU’s Ethan Hildebrandt (141 pounds) almost had a pin early in the first period against Upper Iowa’s Victor Coronado earning three points with a nearfall. Hildebrandt led 5-0 heading into the second period. He went on to pick up a 6-1 decision improving his record to 15-7 on the season.

CD Johnson stretched his season record to 20-11 earning a 10-2 major decision over No. 5 Mark Mueller in the 184-pound bout. Martin Hagen followed that bout at 197 pounds and fell in a 9-3 decision to Carl Broghammer, which stretched the Peacocks lead to 24-7.

Brian Rodas made quick work of Arron Cramer at the 285-pound weight class. Rodas pinned Cramer just 35 seconds into the first period. Upper Iowa would go on to win the dual 24-13.

Cornell returns to No. 1 and Iowa jumps to No. 2 in NWCA/USA Today Div. I Coaches Poll

NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll: Week 12

The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll for February 1, 2011, has been released.

Cornell regains the No. 1 spot after falling to No. 2 last week, with wins over Binghamton and Iowa State this past week.

Iowa for the first time this season makes their way to the Top 5, taking the No. 2 spot after upsetting an undefeated Penn State team 22-13 on Sunday.

Rounding out the rest of this week’s Top 5 are Penn State, Minnesota and Oklahoma State.

Moving into the Top 10 this week is Oklahoma.

The Top 20 saw some movement this week with: Lehigh, Nebraska, Kent State, Northwestern, American and Cal Poly moving up.

The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll Committee is made up of one coach from each conference. A number one ranking is worth 25 points and a number 25 ranking is worth one point.

A new poll will be released every Tuesday from now until the week of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament and can be found atwww.nwcaonline.com.

NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll
Rank, School, Total, Prev. Rank, Record

1 Cornell (7), 270, 2, 7-1
2 Iowa (4), 263, 8, 11-0-1
3 Penn State, 250, 1, 13-1
4 Minnesota, 238, 4, 12-3
5 Oklahoma State, 230, 5, 9-2-1
6 Wisconsin, 222, 3, 9-2-1
7 Virginia Tech, 208, 6, 15-4
8 Rutgers, 207, 9, 19-1
9 Boise State, 182, 10, 8-2-1
10 Oklahoma, 175, 11, 11-1
11 Lehigh, 157, 12, 12-6
12 Missouri, 155, 7, 14-6
13 Michigan, 148, 13, 9-2
14 Nebraska, 133, 16, 11-4
Tie 15 Iowa State, 111, 15, 7-8
Tie 15 Kent State, 111, 17, 11-5
17 Northwestern, 93, 18, 15-2
18 American, 84, 19, 13-4
19 Illinois, 78, 14, 3-4-1
20 Cal Poly, 62, 22, 8-1
21 Oregon State, 54, 20, 8-5-2
22 Central Michigan, 53, 21, 5-7
23 Pittsburgh, 42, 23, 9-6
24 Purdue, 23, 24, 5-6-1
25 Wyoming, 21, 25, 9-4

Others Receiving Votes: Hofstra, Navy and Virginia.

Augustana ranked first in NSIC, second in region

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team is ranked first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and second in Super Regional Three in the latest rankings released Tuesday. The Vikings accumulated 57 points in the conference rankings and 48 in the region rankings.

St. Cloud State collected 49 points to take the No. 1 position in Super Regional Three.

For both the conference and region ranking system, each individual in the top five receives points (No. 1 = 10 points, No. 2 = 7 points, No. 3 = 4 points, No. 5 = 1 point).

In the NSIC rankings, 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.

Copsey was the lone Viking to take a top spot regionally. Sherer, Herda, Edgington and Nelson were all ranked second.

Jeremiason and Serck checked in at No. 3, Meger and Peters at No. 5 and Davies at No. 7.

Augustana (11-1, 5-0 NSIC), ranked No. 2 in Division II, will face a non-conference and conference opponent on the road this week, traveling to Dakota Wesleyan (1-4) on Thursday and Southwest Minnesota State (4-2, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday. Both duals begin at 7 p.m.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Rankings
1. Augustana, 57
2. St Cloud, 56
3. Minnesota State, 36
4. Upper Iowa, 36
5. MSU Moorhead, 24
6. Northern, 21
7. Southwest Minnesota State, 7
8. U-Mary, 3

Super Region Three Rankings
1. St Cloud, 49
2. Augustana, 48
3. Upper Iowa, 33
4. Minnesota State, 27
5. Wisconsin-Parkside, 23
6. MSU Moorhead, 21
7. Northern State, 19
8. Indianapolis, 13
9. Southwest Minnesota State, 5
10. U-Mary, 2
11. Newman, 0

Vikings slated to face Dakota Wesleyan, Southwest Minnesota State

This week: No. 2 Augustana (11-1, 5-0 NSIC) will face a non-conference and conference opponent on the road this week, traveling to Dakota Wesleyan (1-4) on Thursday and Southwest Minnesota State (4-2, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday.  Both duals begin at 7 p.m.

Last time out: Augustana picked up another pair of conference dual victories at home last week, defeating No. 3 St. Cloud State and No. 7 Minnesota State.  The Vikings jumped out to a 12-0 lead and won six matches by decision to defeat the Huskies 18-13 Thursday evening.  Augustana’s seven wins by decision lifted the Vikings past the Mavericks 21-10 Friday night.

Northern Sun honors:  The NSIC announced Monday that Ty Copsey has been named Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Vikings’ wins over St. Cloud State and Minnesota State last week.  Copsey, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, notched two wins for against the Huskies and Mavericks. Both of his victories at 197 pounds locked up a win for Augustana, putting the Vikings ahead by more than six points. On Thursday against SCSU, Copsey blanked Luke Munkelwitz 4-0. He followed that by taking a 6-3 decision from MSU’s Pat Mahan on Friday. The senior is currently ranked No. 2 in Division II.

Nov. 29Cody Lensing
Jan. 10Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31Ty Copsey

Non-Division II contest:  Thursday’s dual with Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA representative, will be the Vikings’ fourth contest this season against a non-Division II member.  The Vikings are 3-0 against non-Division II programs in 2010-11, having beat Division III-institution Augsburg 25-6 and NAIA-members the University of Sioux Falls 47-0 and Northwestern (Iowa) 42-0.  In fact, the Vikings have given up no points to an NAIA school this season.

The last time:  Augustana handled both Dakota Wesleyan and Southwest Minnesota State fairly easily when the programs met last season.  The Vikings ousted the Tigers 40-9 in Mitchell, S.D., and topped the Mustangs 36-6 at home.

The standings: 
The Vikings are in sole possession of first place in the NSIC standings as they are the only team with a blemish-free conference mark (5-0).  There are three teams with one conference loss–Minnesota State, Upper Iowa and St. Cloud State–two of which the Vikings have already defeated this season (MSU and SCSU).

Neutral site:  The Vikings’ lone loss the season came at a neutral site when No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Omaha edged Augustana 17-15 at the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The Vikings are 5-0 at home and 3-0 on the road in 2010-11.

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 11-1 record has included its fair share of one-sided wins this season.  The Vikings have pitched shutouts twice and held opponents to just six points five times.  Augustana has outscored its opponents 343-92 this season.

A chance at history:  The Vikings have an opportunity to post the most dual victories by a squad in school history if they win out the rest of the season.  Augustana has four duals left, and a win in each would give the Vikings 15 for the season, breaking the previous record of 14.  Augustana reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Viking lineup: 

125Al Meger
133Jason Jeremiason OR Cody Lensing
141Sam Fischenich
149Nate Herda OR Chism Fink
157Austin Carmichael
165Gavin Nelson
174Matt Morris
184Tom Davies OR Brian Schultz
197Sean Derry
285Lance Peters OR Mike Roberts

Duals to finish:  From here on out, the Vikings’ schedule is filled with duals.  Augustana has no opens for the remainder of the season.

National news: Augustana climbed one spot and is ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released Jan. 19 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings received 152 points.  Augustana had been ranked third in each poll prior to the Jan. 19 edition.

Oct. 213rd
Dec. 83rd
Jan. 43rd
Jan. 22nd

Who’s ranked: The Vikings had six individuals ranked in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. Defending national champion Jay Sherer gave up his No. 1 position at 149 pounds for the first time this season, falling to No. 4.  Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) were both No. 2 at their respective weights. Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were both No. 6, while Nate Herda (149 pounds) was No. 8.  To view the latest national rankings, click here.

Northern Sun rankings:  
Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Vikings accumulated 61 points in the conference rankings.  Individually, Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) each took the No. 1 position. Others in the top five included Al Meger (No. 3 at 125 pounds), Cody Lensing (No. 3 at 133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (No. 2 at 165 pounds), Carl Serck (No. 3 at 174 pounds) and Lance Peters (No. 4 at 285 pounds).  To view the complete conference rankings, click here.

Regionally speaking:  The Vikings are No. 2 in Super Regional Three after earning 56 points in the inaugural rankings released Dec. 9.  Jay Sherer,Nate HerdaMarcus Edgington and Ty Copsey were all ranked No. 1.  Others in the top five were Al Meger (No. 3 at 125 pounds), Cody Lensing(No. 3 at 133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (No. 3 at 165 pounds), Carl Serck (No. 4 at 174 pounds) and Lance Peters (No. 4 at 285 pounds).  To view the complete region rankings, click here.