6 Viking Wrestlers Earn All-NSIC Academic Honors During the Winter Season

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Along with strong seasons in competition, Augustana student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom. On Friday, the Northern Sun Conference announced their All-Academic teams for the 2019 winter season, and six Augustana wrestlers are honored by the conference.

In addition, two Viking wrestlers – Ben Kelvington and Colin Ayers – earned the conferences top academic award, the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence. To be eligible for the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, a student-athlete must have a 3.60 cumulative GPA or higher.

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Viking Wrestlers Place Top-Four at NCAA Championships

Ayers placed second while Wahlstrom placed fourth

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Augustana wrestling team brings back two top-four finishes from the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday. In his first title appearance senior Colin Ayers fell to Matt Malcolm, 9-4 to earn runner up in 157 lbs. while senior Clayton Wahlstrom fell to Nick Baulmer, 5-2 to place fourth at the 179 lbs. weight class.

Ayers started the day off defeating James Wimer 7-5 in a tightly contested match from start to finish. The senior used a takedown in overtime to come out on top to advance to the national championship on Saturday night.

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Ayers and Wahlstrom Advance to National Semifinals; Earn All-America Honors

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A pair of seniors with one weekend left in their career, Colin Ayers and Clayton Wahlstrom made the most of day one at the DII wrestling national championships. Both individuals won both their opening-round and quarterfinal match, advancing to the semifinals and earning a guaranteed spot as an All-Americans.

Starting at 157 pounds, Colin Ayers opened with a strong performance vs. George McGuire of Gannon (PA) University. Ayers came out sharp, recording multiple takedowns in a 9-4 win.

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Ayers and Wahlstrom Set Sights on NCAA Wrestling Championships

The tournament begins on Friday, March 8 and will run through Saturday, March 9

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Redshirt seniors Colin Ayers and Clayton Wahlstrom will be representing the Augustana wrestling team at the NCAA DII Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. The tournament begins on Friday, March 8 and will run through Saturday, March 9 at The Wolstein Center.

Sessions I and II are set to take place on Friday with Sessions III and IV happening on Saturday. Session I will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and will have the first round matches for all weight classes. Session II will start at 5 p.m. on Friday and will have the quarterfinals and the first and second rounds of the consolation brackets.

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Augustana Wraps Up Super Regional V Championships

Vikings send two wrestlers to nationals

MOORHEAD, MINN. — An exciting day of wrestling at the NCAA Super Regional V Championships on the campus of MSU Moorhead saw the Augustana wrestling team take fifth place with 61 points while two individuals qualified for the national tournament on March 8-9.

Colin Ayers and No. 8 Clayton Wahlstrom qualified for nationals for the Vikings after winning the consolation finals. Ayers took third place and went 3-1 on the day at 157 lbs. At 197 lbs. Wahlstrom also finished at 3-1 for a third place appearance.

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