ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Augustana won six of the first eight weight classes en route to a 21-12 non-conference wrestling victory over 23rd ranked Loras on Tuesday, December 17 in the Carver Center. The Vikings stayed undefeated and pushed their record to 6-0 on the season while the DuHawks fell to 1-3.
Sophomore Jimmy Panozzo (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.) got things started for Eric Juergens' team with a 4-0 win over Ronald Triche at 125 and moved his record to 10-3 in the process. After freshman CJ Sojka (Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) lost a tough 8-6 decision to Rudy Johnson at 133, the Vikings went on a roll and won the next two weight classes and five of the next six.
Sophomore Isaiah Schaub (St. Francis HS, Traverse City, Mich.) won a close 3-2 decision over Nick Steger at 141 to bump his record to 16-4 and junior Hector Ruiz (East Aurora HS, Aurora, Ill.) handled Joe Wood 5-1 and is now 11-8.
Junior Kevin Sundberg (Paw Paw HS, Paw Paw, Mich.) lost to Steven DeWitt 12-5 at 157 before junior Connor Cummings (Downers Grove North HS, Woodridge, Ill.) picked up a crucial victory. He beat Bill Wood 6-4 in overtime at 165 to move to 11-6 this year. Senior Jordan Richardson (Grandville HS, Wyoming, Ill.) is now 9-3 after beating Joe Butler 5-2 at 174.
Junior Thomas Reyhons (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) clinched the match for Augustana by pinning Mathias Palmersheim at 2:28 in the 184 pound weight class. Reyhons now leads the team with a record of 18-3.
Senior Hunter Feraco (Gull Lake HS, Battle Creek, Mich.) lost a 3-2 decision to Malcom Watson at 197 and junior John Schraidt (Riverside-Brookfield HS, Riverside, Ill.) fell 3-1 to James Buss.
Augustana is now 23-9-1 all-time in the series against the DuHawks.
125 Jimmy Panozzo (A) beat Ronald Triche (L) 4-0
133 Rudy Johnson (L) beat CJ Sojka (A) 8-6
141 Isaiah Schaub (A) beat Nick Steger (L) 3-2
149 Hector Ruiz (A) beat Joe Wood (L) 5-1
157 Steven DeWitt (L) beat Kevin Sundberg (A) 12-5
165 Connor Cummings (A) beat Bill Wood (L) 6-4 (OT)
174 Jordan Richardson (A) beat Joe Butler (L) 5-2
184 Thomas Reyhons (A) pinned Mathias Palmersheim (L) at 2:28
197 Malcom Watson (L) beat Hunter Feraco (A) 3-2
285 James Buss (L) beat John Schraidt (A) 3-1