No. 3 Vikings open 2011 at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals

This week: Augustana (3-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, competes in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s (NWCA) Cliff Keen National Duals this Saturday and Sunday at the Northern Iowa Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Last time out:  The Vikings blanked Northwestern 42-0 in Orange City, Iowa. Gavin Nelson (165) and Ty Copsey (197) registered pins, while Austin Carmichael (157) earned a technical fall. Posting decisions were Al Meger (125), Cody Lensing (133), Jason Jeremiason (141), Nate Herda (149),Brian Schultz (184), and Mike Roberts (285). Carl Serck (174) won by forfeit.

Loaded division: Joining Augustana in the Division II class at the Cliff Keen National Duals are Central Oklahoma, Central Missouri, Findlay (Ohio), Grand Canyon (Ariz.), Limestone (S.C.), Minnesota State, Minnesota State Moorhead, Newberry (S.C.), San Francisco State, St. Could State, North Carolina-Pembroke, Nebraska-Omaha, Wisconsin-Parkside, Upper Iowa and Western State (Colo.). Nebraska-Omaha holds the No. 1 ranking nationally, while St. Cloud State is No. 2, Western State No. 4, Newberry No. 5, Findlay No. 7, Upper Iowa No. 10, Grand Canyon No. 11, Central Oklahoma No. 12, UW-Parkside No. 13, San Francisco No. 19, and North Carolina Pembroke No. 20.  To view the national duals home page, clickhere.

The great unknown:  Augustana will not know who it faces at the NWCA National Duals until late in the week.  The pairings are determined by national rankings and who is invited to participate.  The Vikings’ matchups will immediately be posted here when they are determined.

Dominating: Augustana has tossed shutouts in two of its three dual wins this season and has outscored its opponents 114-6.

Back in action:
  The Vikings return to the mat after nearly a month-long hiatus for the holiday break.  Augustana’s last competition was its 42-0 rout of Northwestern (Iowa) on Dec. 9.

Augustana 42 Northwestern (Iowa) 0

Augustana blanks Northwestern (Iowa)

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – No. 3 Augustana picked up two wins by fall to roll to a 42-0 victory over Northwestern (Iowa) Thursday night in Orange City, Iowa.

The shutout was the second straight for the Vikings (3-0), who blanked the University of Sioux Falls 47-0 last week.

Gavin Nelson and Ty Copsey picked up Augustana’s two wins by fall at 165 and 197 pounds, respectively.  Nelson pinned Aaron Ruskell in 3:33, while Copsey needed just 1:18 to defeat Ryan McLaurin.

Austin Carmichael notched a win by technical fall in 6:41 over Mark Evjen at 157 pounds.

Al Meger (125 pounds), Cody Lensing (133 pounds), Jason Jeremiason (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Brian Schultz (184 pounds) and Mike Roberts (285 pounds) were all winners by decision.

NWC (1-2) left 174 pounds open, allowing Carl Serck to tack on six points to his team’s total.

The Vikings have won their three duals this season by a combined score of 114-6.

Augustana’s next action will not be until Jan. 8, 2011, when the Vikings make the trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

Augustana 42, Northwestern (Iowa) 0
125: Al Meger (Augie) dec. Quintana, Diego Angelo (NWC), 14-4
133: Cody Lensing (Augie) dec. Hatch, Tyler (NWC), 7-1
141: Jason Jeremiason (Augie) dec. Dowell, Matt (NWC), 4-0
149: Nate Herda (Augie) dec. Flores, Jerod (NWC), 13-4
157: Austin Carmichael (Augie) techical fall Evjen, Mark (NWC), 6:41
165: Gavin Nelson (Augie) fall Ruskell, Aaron (NWC), 3:33
174: Carl Serck (Augie) wins by forfeit
184: Brian Schultz (Augie) dec. Evjen, Luke (NWC), 7-1
197: Ty Copsey (Augie) fall McLaurin, Ryan (NWC), 1:18
285: Mike Roberts (Augie) dec. Hughes, Brad (NWC), 3-2

Augustana 47 Sioux Falls 0

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 3 Augustana rattled off 10 straight wins, including four by fall, to blank in-town neighbor the University of Sioux Falls 47-0 Wednesday night at the Elmen Center.

The Vikings move to 2-0.

Augustana had little trouble with USF; of the Vikings’ 10 wins, just three were only by decision. The remainder came by major decision, technical fall and fall.

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Augustana 25 Augsburg 6

No. 3 Vikings roll past Augsburg 25-6

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 3 Augustana took eight of 10 matches from Augsburg to cruise past the Auggies 25-6 Wednesday night in the both teams’ season-opening dual in Sioux Falls.

Augustana improves to 1-0, while Augsburg, the top-ranked team in Division III, falls to 0-1.

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Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open

MINNEAPOLIS — The defending NCAA Division III national champion Augsburg College wrestling team opened its season with a strong performance at its Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open on Saturday at Si Melby Hall, with four individual champions and 23 individual placewinners in the event. The Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open featured more than 500 wrestlers from throughout the Midwest in competition.“Saturday’s tournament was a great test for every member of our wrestling team,” said Augsburg head coach Mark Matzek. “The coaching staff is very happy with the effort put forth. This competition revealed individual strengths as well as weaknesses, which is why we compete.”Defending 149-pound national runner-up Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) opened his season with an impressive championship in the 149 Gold division, winning four matches, including one pin, a major decision and a third-period technical fall in the championship match. Valek was rated second nationally at 149 in the preseason Division III national rankings.

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