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February 21, 2009

2008-2009 Season - Wrestlers finish season at NCAA regional

MEQUON, Wisconsin – The Augustana wrestling team finished the 2008-09 season at the NCAA West Regional on February 21 in Mequon, Wisconsin. The Vikings finished 12th in the 15 team field with 18 points. Augsburg won the meet with 159 points while Concordia-Minnesota took second with 117.5 and North Central was third with 105.

Senior Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) turned in the best performance for Augustana with a sixth place at 184 pounds. Kerr lost in the opening round by a score of 4-3 to Toby Boltz of Wheaton. In the consolation round he beat Stephen Hanzlik of Chicago 6-4 and then defeated Garrett Washington of Elmhurst 12-10. He then lost to Dustin Baxter of St. John’s 6-4 in the consolation semi finals. Kerr finished the season with a season high 21 victories as he was 21-15.

Junior George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) at 133 pounds won his first match over Kurt Kemnitz of Concordia with a pin at 3:43 before bowing out with two losses. Freshman Alberto Quiros (Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.) went 2-2 at 141 pounds. He beat Michael Pitts of St. Olaf 10-4 in the first round and then dropped a 9-2 decision to number one seed Ben Anderson of Concordia-Minnesota. Quiros defeated Josh Plate of Concordia-Wisconsin before being eliminated by Kory Theil of Lakeland on a pin at 2:48.

Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) lost to Willy Holst of Augsburg 10-0 in the first round at 149. He beat Matthew Cordell of Wheaton 6-0 and then lost to Charlie Curran 8-2 to end his tournament run.

Matt McIntyre (West Carroll HS, Savanna, Ill.) pinned seventh seed Josef Waples of St. Olaf at 1:58 of the 157 pound weight class to start things off. He lost to second seeded Matt Baarson of St. John’s and Dakota Kramer of Pacific.

Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado) won one match at 174 as did Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) at 197.