SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Augustana wrestling team recognized its three seniors, Bailey Neises, Ben Kelvington and Regan Bye, Saturday afternoon before falling to the Beavers of Minot state by a score of 21-19.
After losing the 125-pound bout, redshirt junior Brandon Carroll defeated Minot State's Oscar Nellis 12-8 for the Vikings first win of the day in the 133-pound bout. Carroll logged four takedowns and a reversal in the match to bring the dual score to 3-3.
Redshirt freshman Hunter Burnett followed up last night's dominant performance with much of the same in the 141-pound match. Burnett recorded three takedowns and 14 points from near falls to win a 22-4 tech fall and give Augustana an 8-3 dual lead.
The Beavers benefited from a forfeit at 149 pounds and recorded wins at 157, 165 and 174 pounds to bring the dual score to 18-8 in favor of Minot State.
The Vikings got within striking distance when redshirt freshman Kolby Kost, after recording a major decision last night, pinned his opponent at 6:33 in the 184-pound bout to bring the score to 18-14.
Sophomore Daniel Bishop then put the Vikings ahead 19-18 with a 16-0 tech fall in the 197-pound bout. Bishop recorded three separate four-point near falls, a takedown and a reversal in the match to set up a winner-take-all heavyweight match.
No. 8 ranked Jordan Will of Minot State took the heavyweight bout in an 8-1 decision to bring the final score to 21-19.
Overall, Augustana won four of the nine matches on the day, recording two tech falls and a fall. The Vikings now sit at 9-3 and 5-1 in the NSIC.
125: No. 6 Dean Arevalo (MINOT) over Ethan Cota (AUG) (Dec 8-3)
133: Brandon Carroll (AUG) over Oscar Nellis (MINOT) (Dec 12-8)
141: Hunter Burnett (AUG) over Lincoln Stormer (MINOT) (TF 22-4 6:29)
149: Shadi Mitwalli (MINOT) over (AUG) (For.)
157: Zachary Berry (MINOT) over Jacob Tvinnereim (AUG) (Dec 4-3)
165: Nathan Baca (MINOT) over Bailey Neises (AUG) (Dec 6-4)
174: Joseph Lopez (MINOT) over Dylan Schuck (AUG) (Dec 12-11)
184: Kolby Kost (AUG) over Noe Garcia (MINOT) (Fall 6:33)
197: Daniel Bishop (AUG) over Dustin Swisher (MINOT) (TF 16-0 3:46)
285: No. 8 Jordan Will (MINOT) over Steven Hajas (AUG) (Dec 8-1)
The Vikings take on the No. 17 ranked Minnesota State Mavericks in Mankato, Minnesota, Friday at 7 p.m.
-RECAP COURTESY AU ATHLETICS