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March 5, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Gogonas wins match at NCAA Tournament

Augustana senior 125 pounder George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) was eliminated from the NCAA Division III national wrestling tournament on Friday, March 5 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Gogonas was the first Viking wrestler to compete in the national tournament since 2006 but his appearance was cut short after three matches.

He drew Tyler Erdman of Elizabethtown, the number three seed, in the first round and was pinned 2:25 into the match. Gogonas rebounded from that defeat to beat Riki Reynolds of Mt. Union 6-5 in the wrestlebacks. However, Gogonas was beaten 4-0 by Jayson Swanson of Luther in the next round to end his season, and his career.

Gogonas finished the year with a fine 27-12 overall record and his career mark was 86-53.