SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The red-hot Augustana wrestling team hits the road for an NSIC dual for the first time this weekend. The Vikings will take on the Dragons of MSU Moorhead Saturday at 3 p.m. in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The Vikings were selected to finish fourth in the 2019-20 NSIC Wrestling Preseason Poll, while the Dragons were selected to finish ninth. Currently, both squads are ranked in the top-10 in the Super Region 5 standings, with Augustana in third with 54 votes and MSU Moorhead in tenth with 13 votes. Saturday’s match will be the first road dual against a Division II opponent for the Vikings and the second of a four-dual home stretch for the Dragons.
Hajas’s Overtime Victory Clinches Viking’s Win Over No. 17 Northern State
Augustana claims third-straight win over a ranked opponent
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team took down its third-consecutive nationally-ranked opponent in front of a packed house at the Elmen Center Thursday night. The Vikings defeated No. 17 Northern State, 20-14, to move to 4-2 on the season.
The Vikings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the match, after junior Ethan Cota recorded a 13-3 major decision at 125 pounds that included three takedowns and a riding time point. Redshirt freshman Jack Huffman followed Cota’s performance with a 9-4 win of his own at 133 pounds.
Augustana fell behind 11-7 after losing bouts at 141, 149 and 157 pounds. After the intermission, sophomore Dylan Schuck won a 12-5 decision to bring the score to pull within a point at 11-10.
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the debut standings for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships.
The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.
For falls and tech falls to be counted for the awards they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team is going for its third-consecutive dual victory against nationally-ranked opponents Thursday night in the Elmen Center at 8 p.m. The Vikings host No. 17 Northern State for their first NSIC dual of the season.
The Vikings were selected to finish fourth in 2019-20 NSIC Wrestling Preseason Poll, while the Wolves were selected to finish sixth. Currently, both squads are ranked in the top-10 in the Super Region 5 standings, with Augustana in third with 54 votes and Northern State in fifth with 50 votes. Thursday’s match will be the fourth-consecutive home dual for the Vikings and the fourth-consecutive road dual for the Wolves.
Before the Vikings take the mat, Canton High School and Custer High School will dual in the Elmen Center at 6 p.m. One ticket will get you into both matches on Thursday night.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team finished its fifth and final tournament of the season Saturday in Fremont, Nebraska, at the Viking-Warrior Open.
Redshirt freshman Kolby Kost led the Vikings with a third-place finish at 174 pounds with a 3-1 record and one tech fall. Fellow redshirt freshman Jarret Haglund also finished in third-place at 197 pounds. Haglund recorded two falls on the day.
2020 Midland University Viking-Warrior Open results. Saturday, January 4 at Fremont, NE.
Vikings Take Down Second-Straight Nationally Ranked Opponent
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senior Bailey Neises used a last-second takedown to force extra time in the 165-pound bout against Western Colorado on Thursday night. The senior then delivered a takedown within 15 seconds to win in sudden victory amidst an electric atmosphere in the Elmen Center as the Vikings defeated No. 23 Western Colorado 24-12.
Neises’ win powered the Vikings to a 12-9 lead, one which they would not surrender the rest of the night. Junior Ben Kelvington, now ranked No. 8 at 174 pounds in Division II, followed Neises’ performance with a 5-2 win before sophomore Daniel Bishop brought the house down with a match-clinching pin at 1:33 at 197 pounds.
The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 and Individual Rankings have been released for January 1, 2020.