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April 26, 2013

Burns named MVP for Vikings' wrestling

Senior Matt Burns earned All-American honors at 174 pounds and was named the Vikings' MVP after he posted 38-11 record.

Augustana wrestling head coach Eric Juergens has announced his 2012-13 team award winners. Senior All-American Matt Burns (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) was named the Vikings' Most Valuable Performer. Junior Jake Scholten (Rockford HS, Grandville, Mich.) won the Sacrifice Award. Sophomore Connor Cummings (Downers Grove North HS, Woodridge, Ill.) was named the team's Hardest Worker after being named co-Most Improved a year ago. Freshman Jimmy Panozzo (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) earned the Most Improved honor this year.

Burns placed second in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin at 174 pounds and went on to finish third at the Central Regional in Dubuque, Iowa, which earned him a trip to the national meet. At the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Burns placed seventh in the 174 pound weight class to earn All-American status.

This is the second straight season Augustana has produced an All-American in the 174 pound class, as Jordan Richardson (Grandville HS, Wyoming, Mich.) did so a year ago. Burns won individual titles at the Knox Open and Central Invitational. He finished the year with a 38-11 record, leading the team in wins and tying him for 20th on Augustana's all-time single season wins list.  

Scholten, who won the 2011 conference championship at 125 pounds and won the team's Most Valuable Performer honor that year, earned the Sacrifice Award this past season. He finished the season with the second most wins on the team, compiling a record of 36-9. He won individual titles at the Knox Open and Central Invitational. He was named the CCIW "Wrestler of the Week" on December 18.  

Cummings finished third in the CCIW in the 165 pound weight class. His season record was 11-19.   Panozzo put together an impressive freshman campaign. He compiled a 27-15 record, wrestling at either the 125 or 133 pound weight class.    

- Story written by student assistant Paul Hurd        





Khaled Almousa* 157 Fr Burbanks, Ill./Reavis
Alexander Bowers** 157 So Noblesville, Ind./HS
Matthew Burns**** 174 Sr Naperville, Ill./Central
Connor Cummings** 184 So Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove North
Ben Deig* 149/157 Fr Bartonville, Ill./Limestone
Hunter Feraco**** 197 Sr Battle Creek, Mich./Gull Lake
Abraham Duran*** HWT Jr Aurora, Ill./East Aurora
Seth Hardcastle* 157 Fr Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe
Cody Heche**** 174 Sr Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove
Frank Hollo* 197 Fr Litchfield, Ill./HS
Ian Knepshield**** 184 Sr Ford City, Pa./Shady Side
Jake Melik* 197 Fr Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley
Gary Miller** 174 So Littleton, Colo./Columbine
Steve Monaco** 197 So Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg
Dan Murray* 174 Fr Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech
Mitch Musgrove*** 149 Jr Andover, Ill./Orion
Austin Nussbaum* 125 Fr Sturgis, Mich./HS
Jimmy Panozzo* 133 Fr Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg
Walter Piech** 149 So Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East
Matthew Regnier**** 197 Sr Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield
Thomas Reyhons* 165 So Davenport, Iowa/Assumption
Jordan Richardson** 184 Jr Wyoming, Mich./Grandville
Hector Ruiz** 141 So Aurora, Ill./East
Isaiah Schaub* 141 Fr. Traverse City, Ill./St. Francis
Jake Scholten** 125 Jr Grandville, Mich./Rockford
John Schraidt** HWT So Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield
John Seaman** HWT So Munster, Ind./HS
Kadmiel Smith* 141 Fr Wilton, Iowa/Wilton
Kevin Sundberg** 157 So Paw Paw, Mich./HS
David Tessiatore** 157/149 So Downers Grove, Ill./North
Eric Timko** 149 So Geneva, Ill./Community
Cody Weitzel* 133 Fr Engelwood, Colo./Valor Christian
Torey Welch** 157 So Littleton, Col./Valor Christian
Seth Whan** 174 So Viola, Ill./Sherrard
Zackary Wheeler** 141 So Marseilles, Ill./Seneca