Augustana 39, Southwest Minnesota State 6

No. 10 Augustana Wrestling Defeats No. 25 SMSU in Afternoon Dual

SIOUX FALLS, S.D–Augustana wrestling defeated Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday at the Elmen Center. The Vikings earned 39 team points in the dual, holding No. 25 SMSU to six team points. AU, ranked No. 10 in the nation, moves to 4-3 overall and 4-0 in NSIC action.

No. 5 Jaxson Rohman, competing at 125 pounds, picked up the first victory of the dual with an 18-5 major decision win. Rohman recorded seven takedowns and earned three penalty points in the win.

At 133 pounds, Jack Huffman recorded a fall at 1:52 to log the second victory of the dual for Augustana. The quick victory pushes Huffman, who is nationally ranked at No. 7, to an overall record of 11-1.

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High School Milestones – Friday, January 14, 2022

  • 100th Win – Sam Harren, Holdingford, 12th, 195 pounds
  • 75th Win – Nate Berberg, Andover, 12th, 220 pounds
  • 75th Win – Hank Tellers, United North Central, 152 pounds
  • 50th Win – Bo Flagstad, St. Francis, 11th, 182 pounds

Minnesota 19, Nebraska 13

Gophers Knock Off No. 10 Cornhuskers in Dramatic Contest

MINNEAPOLIS – The Gophers kicked off the first leg of Championship Weekend on the right foot, as they knocked off #10 Nebraska by a score of 19-13 as they honored the 20th anniversary of the 2001 and 2002 national championship teams.

The dual came down to the final bout of the evening, but the Gophers would take six of the ten matches to earn themselves the upset win. The win also helped head coach Brandon Eggum reach a career milestone as he got his 50th dual victory on Friday evening.

““The most impressive thing about the guys tonight was that it was a full-team effort and they wrestled every second of those seven minutes,” Eggum said. “I’ve been really proud of the progress these guys have made over the last couple weeks. The way we’re finishing third periods has been amazing and we’ve still been really close to having even more of these big upsets because of our effort in the third period. Up and down the lineup, it’s been impressive how they’ve come out as a team and continued to battle.”

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Jackrabbits shift gears, head to Virginia Duals

The 24th-ranked Jackrabbits, 5-1 overall in duals, are slated to wrestle twice on Saturday, squaring off against Chattanooga (3-5 overall) at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central), followed by a matchup against Maryland (3-3 overall). Both duals will be contested at the Hampton Coliseum and will be available for viewing through (subscription required).

South Dakota State moved into the NWCA Division Coaches Poll for the first time since early in the 2018-19 season after recording a 27-13 home win over then-No. 22 Northern Iowa on Jan. 9.

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SJU Travels to Illinois for Saturday’s Elmhurst Invite

The Johnnie wrestling team hits the road for another out-of-state tournament, Elmhurst’s Al Hanke Invitational, at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Three Saint John’s wrestlers finished sixth at Central’s Under Armour Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 8) in Pella, Iowa. All three wrestlers won their first match of the day, fell in the quarterfinal, bounced back with a victory in the first consolation bout, and lost the fifth-place match.

Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) wrestled to decisions in all four matches to take sixth at 174 pounds. He now touts a team-leading 16-9 record on the year.

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