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November 23, 2009

2009-2010 Season - Nykaza scores lone victory in dual meet loss

Junior Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) ripped off a big lead and then held on to defeat UNC-Pembroke’s John Sturrock 11-7 in the 184 pound weight class on Monday, November 23. Nykaza’s victory, his first of the season, was the lone win for Augustana as the Vikings dropped a 36-3 decision to the NCAA Division II Braves.

UNC-Pembroke was coming off a 2-2 performance at the Iowa Duals on Friday, November 20 and a five-individual champion outing in the Coe Open on Saturday, November 21. The Braves are ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II East Region and were in the top 30 of the pre-season national poll.

Augustana, under the direction of head coach Eric Juergens, was competing in its first scored meet of the season after wrestling in three straight open tournaments. The Vikings were shorthanded as injuries have sidelined regulars George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) and Alberto Quiros (Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.). Gogonas is 7-2 at 125 and Quiros is 6-3 at 141.

The Vikings forfeited at 125 and then freshman Steve Poffenberger (Allegan HS, Paw Paw, Mich.) lost a hard fought 3-1 decision at 133 to T.D. Thurston. Alex Rizzo (Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.) lost 6-2 to Dorian McDougal at 141 and Tyler Hernandez (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) dropped a 17-7 final to Brandon Bradley at 149. Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) lost 9-3 at 157 to Rashaad Saunders. Matt McIntyre (West Carroll HS, Savanna, Ill.) fell 14-5 to Derving Rios at 165.

In the 174 pound weight class freshman Alex Vavra (Gull Lake HS, Dowling, Mich.) lost a tough 8-7 decision to NCAA Division II All-American J.J. Davis. Nykaza picked up the lone Augustana win with his 11-7 victory over Sturrock at 184. Hunter Feraco (Gull Lake HS, Battle Creek, Mich.) and George Papandreou (Waukegan HS, Waukegan, Ill.) lost at 197 and 285 respectively.

Augustana will be in action on Wednesday, November 25  in the Carver Center with a 7:00 p.m. match against Cornell. The Rams are currently ranked 10th in NCAA Division III.

WRESTLING RESULTS (UNC-Pembroke vs. Augustana)
Carver PE Center *** Rock Island, Illinois *** Augustana College
Monday, November 23, 2009

UNC-Pembroke 36,  Augustana 3
125 – Russell Weakley (UNCP) won by forfeit
133 – T.D. Thurston (UNCP) beat Steven Poffenberger (A)  3-1
141 – Dorian McDougal (UNCP) beat Alex Rizzo (A) 6-2
149 – Brandon Bradley (UNCP) beat Tyler Hernandez (A) 17-7
157 – Rashaad Saunders (UNCP) beat Zac Holland (A) 9-3
165 – Derving Rios (UNCP) beat Matt McIntyre (A) 14-5
174 – J.J. Davis (UNCP) beat Alex Vavra (A) 8-7
184 – Matt Nykaza (A) beat John Sturrock (UNCP) 11-7
197 – Shane Nolan (UNCP) beat Hunter Feraco (A) 15-3
285 – Eric Stancil (UNCP) pinned George Papendreou (A) @ 4:17