Upper Iowa picked up their tenth dual win of the season and improved to 6-1 in the Northern Sun Conference with a 21-15 victory over the #15 Vikings of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Peacocks won six of the ten matches including a win by pin at 157 pounds to post the six-point win and set up a big match up with the #1 Huskies of St. Cloud State University on Sunday at 2 p.m.
After Augie picked up a 6-2 decision at 125 pounds, Trevor Franklin (#2 NWCA) earned a 5-2 decision at 133 pounds to tie the dual at 3-3. Matt Paulus continued the momentum for UIU with a huge win at 141 pounds. Paulus defeated Brandon Charbonneau, who was 14-1 in his last fifteen duals prior to meeting the New Hampton, Iowa product.
Jordan Rinken held his own against the Vikings' Nate Herda, ranked #3 nationally, dropping a 3-1 sudden victory in the 149-pound bout.
With the score tied 6-6, Bryce Lumzy scored the biggest of Upper Iowa's wins on the night with a win by fall at 157 pounds in just 53 seconds. The quick pin gave the visitors a 12-6 lead midway through the dual.
Upper Iowa put the dual out of reach with wins by decision at 165, 174 and 184 pounds thanks to the efforts of Wade Gobin (#4 NWCA), Blake Sorensen and Mitch Schultz (#5 NWCA). Gobin picked up a 5-4 win and Sorensen followed with a 5-3 victory. Schultz made his first appearance on the mat since the National Duals and recorded an 8-2 win to push UIU's lead to 21-6.
After Augustana picked up six points at 197 pounds thanks to a forfeit, Jeremy Brazil toed the line for the final match of the night. Brazil trailed 3-2 in the final seconds and was in position for a winning takedown on the edge of the circle as time wound down, but the horn sounded before the Peacock freshman could score the winning points. Augie used the final decision to pull within six, but Upper Iowa registered the 21-15 win.
The Peaccocks will be back on the mat in Dorman Gym to close out their regular season on Sunday, Feb. 10. Upper Iowa will host the #1 Huskies of St. Cloud State on Alumni Day/Senior Day in Fayette. The dual is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
125 TJ North (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Chris Paulus (Upper Iowa) 6-2. 3.00 0
133 Trevor Franklin (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Jeremiah Peterson (Augustana (SD)) 5-2. 0 3.00
141 Matt Paulus (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Brandon Charbonneau (Augustana (SD)) 6-1. 0 3.00
149 Nate Herda (Augustana (SD)) won in sudden victory 1 over Jordan Rinken (Upper Iowa) 3-1. 3.00 0
157 Bryce Lumzy (Upper Iowa) won by pin over Zach Friederich (Augustana (SD)) 0:53. 0 6.00
165 Wade Gobin (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Parker Swanson (Augustana (SD)) 5-4. 0 3.00
174 Blake Sorensen (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Jeff Nielsen (Augustana (SD)) 5-3. 0 3.00
184 Mitch Schultz (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Sean Derry (Augustana (SD)) 8-2. 0 3.00
197 Jayd Docken (Augustana (SD)) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) . 6.00 0
285 Brian Schultz (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Jeremy Brazil (Upper Iowa) 3-2. 3.00 0