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November 3, 2008

2008-2009 Season - 2008-09 WRESTLING PREVIEW

2008-09 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS WRESTLING

 
GENERAL INFORMATION
NAME: Augustana
CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201
FOUNDED: 1860
NICKNAME: Vikings
ENROLLMENT: 2,500
SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold
ARENA: Roy J. Carver PE Center (1971)
CAPACITY: 1,900
ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)
PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls 
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

WRESTLING HISTORY
FIRST YEAR OF WRESTLING: 1947-48
OVERALL DUAL MEET RECORD: 463-282-16 (.619)
CCIW CHAMPIONSHIPS: 36 total titles (1963 - 1964 - 1965 - 1966 - 1967 - 1968 - 1969 - 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1974 - 1975 - 1979 - 1980 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996- 1998- 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004)
NCAA TOP 15 FINISHES: 1965 - 13th; 1966 - 5th; 1970 - 14th; 1982 - 5th; 1983 - 5th; 1984 - 6th; 1990 - 11th; 1991 - 5th; 1992 - 4th; 1993 - 12th; 1995 - 8th.

SPORTS INFORMATION
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath
SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265
WRATH'S HOME PHONE: (309) 762-5621
WRATH’S CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306
SID FAX: (309) 794-7525
SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu
AUGUSTANA ATHLETIC HOME PAGE: www.augustana.edu

COACHING STAFF
TERRY & SANDY SHOCKLEY HEAD COACH: Eric Juergens (Iowa – 2001)
WRESTLING OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7392
JUERGENS’ CELL PHONE: (563) 451-2932
ASSISTANT COACHES: Greg Martin
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa - 1981)

TEAM INFORMATION
2007-08 RECORD: 2-9 dual meet record…Fourth in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin…12th place at NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: Eight/Two
LETTER WINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 10/Two

STARTERS RETURNING (8)
George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas), Junior… Led team in wins…Finished 28-13 overall…Finished third in the CCIW at 125 pounds for the second consecutive year…125 pound champion at the Knox Invitational…Finished sixth at the Great Lakes Regional at 125…46 wins entering his junior year.

Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), Senior…2007-08 co-captain…Finished second in the CCIW at 184 pounds…Third in the CCIW at 184 as a sophomore…Finished fourth at 184 at the Great Lakes Regional…24-15 overall…Enters his senior year with 60 career wins.

Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sophomore…Finished 14-22 overall…Fourth in the CCIW at 174…Knox Invitational champion at 174.

Dan Krcmar (Lyons Township HS, LaGrange, Ill.), Senior…2007-08 co-captain…Finished 13-19 overall…Fourth in the CCIW at 165…Missed 2006-07 season with an injury…31 career wins.

Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa), Junior…2007-08 co-captain…Finished 11-25 overall…Third in the CCIW at 149 pounds…19 career wins…Versatile—has wrestled anywhere from 141 to 174 during his first two season.

Andrew Randone (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa), Senior…Finished 7-14 overall…Wrestled at 125 and 133.

Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.), Sophomore…Finished 5-24…Fourth in the CCIW at 197 pounds.

Patrick Kilroy (Lisle Township HS, Lisle, Ill.), Junior…Finished 4-23…Natural 184-pounder who was forced to wrestle mostly at heavyweight.

KEY LOSSES (2):
Derrick Poussan (Round Lake HS, Villa Park, Ill.), Sophomore...Finished 14-13 overall…Finished fourth in the CCIW at 141 pounds…Also wrestled at 133.

Jake Mango (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.), Senior…Finished 11-11 overall in 2007-08…Third in the CCIW at 157…Enters his senior year with 37 career wins.