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January 5, 2013

17th ranked Vikings win three of four at Knox

Sophomore Walter Piech went 3-1 at 149 pounds as 17th ranked Augustana won three of four matches at the Knox Dual Tournament on Saturday, January 5 in Galesburg, Illinois. The Vikings only loss was a 24-12 setback at the hands of 15th ranked Luther.

GALESBURG, Ill. - Augustana, ranked 17th in the latest NCAA Division III national wrestling ranking, won three of four matches at the Knox Duals on Saturday, January 5 in Galesburg, Illinois. The Vikings pushed their overall record to 10-3 on the year.

Sixth-year head coach Eric Juergens' team opened the day with a 44-9 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange and followed that with a 33-10 win over Trine in the second round. The Vikings fell to 15th ranked Luther 24-12 in the third round before closing out the tournament with a 25-15 victory over Chicago.

Junior Jacob Scholten (Rockford HS, Grandville, Mich.) was the only Augustana wrestler to finish the afternoon with a perfect 4-0 record. He won three matches at 125 pounds and one at 133 and is now 21-3 on the season. Senior Matt Burns (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) went 3-0 at 174 and he bumped his record to 23-2.

Sophomore Walter Piech (Lincoln-Way East HS, Mokena, Ill.), sophomore Kevin Sundberg (Paw Paw HS, Paw Paw, Mich.) and junior Jordan Richardson (Grandville HS, Wyoming, Mich.) all posted 3-1 marks for the day.

Augustana will be in action next on January 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.



The Vikings didn't have too much trouble with Hannibal-LaGrange, winning eight of the 10 weight classes en route to a 44-9 team victory.

Scholten picked up a forfeit at 125 and freshman Jimmy Panozzo (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) followed with a 14-1 victory over Harry Jacobsen at 133. Sophomore Hector Ruiz (East Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) was given a forfeit win at 141 and Piech came through with a 10-1 win over Tyler Sonnabend at 149. Sundberg pinned James Townsend at 4:03 in the 157 pound match.

With victories in the first five weight classes, Augustana led 26-0 and the rout was on. Burns pinned Nathan Downs at 3:56 in the 174 pound weight class and Richardson and Jake Melik (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) received forfeits at 184 and 197 respectively.


Augustana won seven of 10 weight classes during a 33-10 triumph over Trine.

Scholten dominated Brandon Preston at 125 pounds by a score of 13-2 to get the Vikings off to a fast start. After Panozzo dropped a close 4-2 decision to Nick Adler at 133, Ruiz took care of Anders Douglass by technical fall at 141. He was ahead 19-4 when the match was stopped in the third period. Piech pinned Jon Blanton at 1:30 in the 149 pound weight class.

At 165 pounds, sophomore Torey Welch (Valor Christian HS, Littleton, Colo.) recorded a pin just :45 into his match with Jake Schroeder. Burns had a tough one against Ryan Pieper at 165 before winning 6-5 and Richardson pinned Nick Fruits at 1:10 in the 184 pound bout. Junior Abe Duran (East Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) beat Shane Hendrickson 3-0 at 285.


The Vikings were locked into a struggle with 15th ranked Luther until the Norse won the final three weight classes to pull away for the victory. After Burns beat Jarid Groth 11-6 at 174 pounds, Augustana led 12-10. However, Richardson was pinned by Jayden DeVilbiss at 2:46 in the 184 pound match to give Luther a 16-12 advantage and the Norse picked up a technical fall at 197 and a win at 285 to salt away the victory.

Scholten started things off for the Vikings with a 7-3 win over Nick Scheffert at 125. Piech got a 4-2 win against Chris George at 149 and Sundberg beat Jake Fox 6-0 at 157.


Augustana bounced back nicely from the loss to Luther to hang a 25-15 defeat on the University of Chicago. The Vikings won four of the first five weight classes to build a 16-3 lead.

Panozzo was awarded a forfeit at 125 and Scholten, moving up a weight class, beat Will Long at 133 pounds by a score of 10-3. Freshman Isaiah Schaub (St. Francis HS, Traverse City, Mich.) got his first action of the day and responded with a 16-8 win over Joe Ellis at 141.

Piech lost for the first time on the afternoon at 149 pounds by a score of 9-4 to Joseph Ruettiger but Sundberg took a close one at 157 by a score of 3-2 over Devon Range to keep Augustana in command. Richardson beat Sam Pennisi 12-9 at 184 and sophomore John Schraidt (Riverside-Brookfield HS, Riverside, Ill.) closed out the match with a pin over Jeff Tyburski at the 2:58 mark of the 285 pound weight class.


125 - Jake Scholten (A) won by forfeit

133 - Jimmy Pannozzo (A) beat Harry Jacobsen (HL) 14-1

141 - Hector Ruiz (A) won by forfeit

149 - Walter Piech (A) beat Tyler Sonnabend (HL) 10-1

157 - Kevin Sundberg (A) pinned James Townsend (HL) @ 4:03

165 - Bryce Alexander (HL) beat Torey Welch (A) 4-1

174 - Matt Burns (A) pinned Nathan Downs (HL) @ 3:56

184 - Jordan Richardson (A) won by forfeit

197 - Jake Melik (A) won by forfeit

285 - Mike Wright (HL) pinned John Schraidt (A) @ 3:42


125 - Jake Scholten (A) beat Brandon Preston (T) 13-2

133 - Nick Ader (T) beat Jimmy Panozzo (A) 4-2

141 - Hector Ruiz (A) beat Anders Douglass (T) by TF in third period 19-4

149 - Walter Piech (A) pinned Jon Blanton (T) @ 1:30

157 - Elias Larson (T) beat Kevin Sundberg (A) 13-3

165 - Torey Welch (T) pinned Jake Schroeder (T) @ :45

174 - Matt Burns (A) beat Ryan Pieper (T) 6-5

184 - Jordan Richardson (A) pinned Nick Fruits (T) @ 1:10

197 - Mack Green (T) beat Jake Melik (A) 4-1

285 - Abe Duran (A) beat Shane Hendrickson (T) 3-0


125 - Jake Scholten (A) beat Nick Scheffert (L) 7-3

133 - Even Obert (L) beat Jimmy Panozzo (A) 14-4

141 - Kyle Windquist (L) beat Hector Ruiz (A) 8-6

149 - Walter Piech (A) beat Chris George (L) 4-2

157 - Kevin Sundberg (A) beat Jake Fox (L) 6-0

165 - Garrett Bonte (L) beat Torey Welch (A) 9-2

174 - Matt Burns (A) beat Jarid Groth (L) 11-6

184 - Jayden DeVilbiss (L) pinned Jordan Richardson (A) @ 2:46

197 - Trent Flegel (L) beat Jake Melik (A) 15-0

285 - Nick Pearch (L) beat John Schraidt (A) 5-2


125 - Jimmy Panozzo (A) won by forfeit

133 - Jake Scholten (A) beat Will Long (UC) 10-3

141 - Isaiah Schaub (A) beat Joe Ellis (UC) 16-8

149 - Joseph Ruettiger (UC) beat Walter Piech (A) 9-4

157 - Kevin Sundberg (A) beat Devon Range (UC) 3-2

165 - Sam Hopkins (UC) beat Connor Cummings (A) 3-1

174 - Ryley Hankenson (UC) beat Torey Welch (A) 9-4

184 - Jordan Richardson (A) beat Sam Pennisi (UC) 12-9

197 - Mario Palmisano (UC) pinned Jake Melik (A) @ 2:16

285 - John Schraidt (A) pinned Jeff Typurski (UC) @ 2:58