SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On the back of two pins, Augustana opened the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual season with a 38-6 win over the University of Mary. The Vikings were spotted a big lead with U-Mary having open spots at the 197- and 285-pound weight classes and took six of the other eight bouts.
Augustana (5-2, 1-0 NSIC) tallied eight two-point near falls and recorded two major decisions in their conference opener. The Vikings allowed just three takedowns an scored 19 of their own to pave the way to vitory.
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Once again, TJ North started the Vikings off with a major decision win, taking down Hunter Menendez 15-3 in the 125-pound bout. North held a 5-0 advantage after two periods and used four takedowns in the final period to win 15-3.
Blake Jans (33 pounds) raced out to a 6-0 lead after the first minute and eventually broke through with a pin at 2:27 to put the Vikings up 10-0 after two bouts. Jacob Anderson (141 pounds) and Alec Lindsay traded second-period reversals for a 2-2 tie entering the third period. Anderson scored on a takedown and reversal in the third period and won 9-5.
In the bout of the night, Shawn Hatlestad was matched up with Trevor Johnson who was ranked seventh nationally at 149 pounds. Both wrestlers earned a point with escapes after electing to start the second and third period on bottom, but Johnson scored a third-period takedown and Hatlestad couldn’t score after he escaped and lost 3-2.
Bradyn Neises gave the Vikings a 17-3 lead entering intermission with a 17-7 major decision win at 157 pounds. Neises scored nine points in the final period, using four takedowns to earn his first major decision of the year.
Matched up a 165 pounds Parker Swanson battled regionally-ranked Brock Krumm, but couldn’t break through, losing a 7-5 decision. Swanson was down 4-1 after the first period and trailed 5-3 after two periods, but Krumm prevailed to draw the Marauders three points closer at 17-6.
Tim Weber and John DeVito were deadlocked at 1-1 after three periods after each wrestler scored on an escape in the 174-pound bout. Early in overtime, Weber scored on a takedown while barely staying in the circle and won 3-1, putting the Vikings up 20-6.
Sean Derry capped off Augustana’s big win with a pin of U-Mary’s Riley Nagel just over 30 seconds into the second period. Derry held a 6-2 lead after the opening period and finished Nagel with his third pin of the season.
Jayd Docken (197 pounds) and Michael Lowman (285 pounds) won by forfeit to give Augustana a 38-6 win.
The Vikings are now idle until Jan. 4, when they host Concordia-Moorhead at the Elmen Center at 7 p.m.
Augustana 38 Mary 6
125 TJ North, AUSD, maj. dec. Hunter Menendez, MARY, 15-3
133 Blake Jans, AUSD, pinned Jordan Eckholm, MARY, 2:26
141 Jacob Anderson, AUSD, dec. Alec Lindsey, MARY, 9-5
149 Trevor Johnson, MARY, dec. Shawn Hatlestad, AUSD, 3-2
157 Bradyn Neises, AUSD, maj. dec. Brandon DeLao, MARY, 17-7
165 Brock Krumm, MARY, dec. Parker Swanson, AUSD, 7-5
174 Tim Weber (AUSD) sv-1 John Devito (MARY) 3-1
184 Sean Derry, AUSD, pinned Riley Nagel, MARY, 3:32
197 Jayd Docken, AUSD, forf.
285 Lance Briard, AUSD, forf.