No. 18 Vikings Take Down No. 7 Wolves, 32-9
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The No. 18 Augustana wrestling team opened the NSIC dual portion of the schedule with an upset win over No. 7 Northern State. The Vikings defeated the Wolves 32-9 and improved to 6-2 (1-0 NSIC) on the season.
The Vikings had defeated the Wolves earlier in the season at the South Dakota Showcase, 19-18. The Vikings used a late comeback in the dual to earn the victory, but left no doubt in the Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D. on Saturday night.
Augustana jumped out to a 12-0 advantage by winning the first three matches of the night and never looked back earning the 32-9 win. The Vikings entered the match with two ranked wrestlers compared to the five ranked wrestlers by the Wolves. Augustana won both matches wrestled by its ranked wrestlers and took three of the five matches against Northern State’s wrestlers.
Freshman Brandon Carroll, making his Viking dual debut, upset No. 9 Richard Casillas by a 10-9 decision at 125 pounds to get the night started.
Brandon Charbonneau earned a 7-3 decision over Matthew Leier at 133 pounds and Austin Jordan earned a forfeit victory at 141 pounds.
At 149, Bailey Neises fell to No. 2 Tyler Stenberg by a 5-0 decision. At 157, Tyler Nation earned another upset win for the Vikings by toppling No. 6 Blake Perryman by a 7-3 decision.
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Regan Bye defeated No. 7 Sean Havlovic at 165 pounds when Havlovic was unable to wrestle due to injury giving the Vikings a commanding 21-3 lead. At 174, Brent Havlik made his Viking debut, but fell to Tanner Olson by a 9-5 decision.
At 184, No. 3 Aero Amo continued his strong season with a second period tech fall over David Murphy. Amo earned his fourth tech fall on the season which is good for a tie for the team lead. At 197, Clayton Wahlstrom lost a hard-fought match to No. 11 and two-time All-American Joe Gomez by a 7-3 decision.
In the final match of the night at 285 pounds No. 8 Michael Lowman earned the only pin of the match with a third period pin over Harrison Townsend.
Next weekend the Vikings will travel to Kearney, Neb. for the Midwest Duals. The dual meet will be held on Jan. 14 with wrestling beginning at 9 a.m.
Augustana 32, Northern State 9
125: Brandon Carroll (AUSD) over Richard Casillas (NOST) (Dec 10-9)
133: Brandon Charbonneau (AUSD) over Matthew Leier (NOST) (Dec 7-3)
141: Austin Jordan (AUSD) over (NOST) (For.)
149: Tyler Stenberg (NOST) over Bailey Neises (AUSD) (Dec 5-0)
157: Tyler Nation (AUSD) over Blake Perryman (NOST) (Dec 7-3)
165: Regan Bye (AUSD) over Sean Havlovic (NOST) (Inj. 0:37)
174: Tanner Olson (NOST) over Brent Havlik (AUSD) (Dec 8-5)
184: Aero Amo (AUSD) over David Murphy (NOST) (TF 18-1 3:22)
197: Joe Gomez (NOST) over Clayton Wahlstrom (AUSD) (Dec 7-3)
285: Michael Lowman (AUSD) over Harrison Townsend (NOST) (Fall 5:13)
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