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December 6, 2008

2008-2009 Season - Vikings come close to a pair of nationally ranked opponents in UW-LaCrosse Wrestling Tournament

LACROSSE, Wisconsin – The Augustana Vikings tangled with some top-flight competition at the UW-LaCrosse 2x4 Tournament on Saturday, December 6 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The Vikings lost all three matches but two were to teams ranked in the top 20 in NCAA Division III and none of them were by more than eight points.

 

Augustana fell to Wisconsin-Eau Claire 24-18, dropped a 28-21 decision to number seven St. John’s and lost to 19th ranked Loras 25-18. The Vikings gave up six points in each of the meets due to forfeiting the 285 pound weight class.

 

Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) at 184 and Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado) at 174 each won all three of their matches for the day. The Vikings also won all three matches at 125 pounds with George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) winning twice and Kyle Brodwater (St. Joseph Hamm HS, Medford, New Jersey) once. Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) and Billy Gallo (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) each had two victories.

 

Augustana is now 0-4 on the season with the next competition coming on Thursday, October 11 with a double dual meet against Knox and Central of Iowa in Galesburg, Illinois.

 

Augustana College (Ill.) vs. UW-Eau Claire

 

The Vikings won five of the 10 matches but a pin and a forfeit at the two biggest weight classes were too much to overcome as they fell to Wisconsin-Eau Claire 24-18. George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) picked up a very quick pin at 125 pounds, decking Brandon Paige in just 37 seconds. Andy Krcatovich (Allegan HS, Allegan, Michigan) picked up a 10-3 win over Zach Weisenberger at 141. Billy Gallo (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) beat Seth Hendricks 15-9 at 165 pounds. Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado) beat Keith Dawson 10-4 at 174 and Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) picked up a 9-4 win at 184 pounds over Robbie Zube.

 

125 George Gogonas (AC) wins by fall over Brandon Page (UW-EC), :37

133 Andy Miller (UW-EC) won by technical fall over Max Gailey (AC), 18-0

141 Andrew Krcatovich (AC) wins by decision over Zach Weisenberger (UW-EC), 10-3

149 Andy Johnston (UW-EC) wins by major decision over Zac Holland (AC), 11-2

157 Jon Ames (UW-EC) wins by decision over Kris Kovach (AC), 5-2

165 Billy Gallo (AC) wins by decision over Seth Hendricks (UW-EC), 15-9

174 Gabriel Gardner (AC) wins by decision over Keith Dawson (UW-EC), 10-4

184 Brian Kerr (AC) wins by decision over Robbie Zube (UW-EC), 9-4

197 Josh Holforty (UW-EC) wins by fall over Matt Nykaza (AC), 2:40

285 Mark Frick (UW-EC) wins by forfeit

Final Score: UW-Eau Claire 24, Augustana College (Ill.) 18

 

#7 Saint John’s University (Minn.) vs. Augustana College (Ill.)

 

Augustana won five matches against seventh ranked St. John’s before falling 28-21. Kyle Brodwater (St. Joseph Hamm HS, Medford, New Jersey) beat Matt Laine 5-3 at 125 and Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) defeated Zach Anderson 6-5. Billy Gallo (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) pinned Joe Lofboom at 1:46 of the 165 pound weight class. Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado) pinned Dustin Raygor at 3:38 of the 174 pound weight class. Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) won a 5-3 overtime decision against Matt Pfarr at 184 pounds.

 

125 Kyle Brodwater (AC) wins by decision over Matt Laine (SJU), 5-3

133 Mogi Baatar (SJU) wins by fall over Max Gailey (AC), 4:36

141 Minga Batsukh (SJU) wins by major decision over Alberto Quiros (AC), 13-5

149 Zac Holland (AC) wins by decision over Zach Anderson (SJU), 6-5

157 Matt Baarson (SJU) wins by fall over Kris Kovach (AC), 2:38

165 Billy Gallo (AC) wins by fall over Joe Lofboom (SJU), 1:46

174 Gabriel Gardner (AC) wins by fall over Dustin Raygor (SJU), 3:38

184 Brian Kerr (AC) wins by decision over Matt Pfarr (SJU), 5-3 (ot)

197 Kyle Schumm (SJU) wins by fall over Matt Nykaza (AC), 4:21

285 Jake Evenson (SJU) wins by forfeit

Final Score: #7 Saint John’s University (Minn.) 28, Augustana College (Ill.) 21

 

#19 Loras College (Iowa) vs. Augustana College (Ill.)

 

The Vikings lost a tough 25-18 decision to 19th ranked Loras. George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) beat Pat Pfantz at 125 pounds by a score of 11-4. Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) beat Mark Kapraun 4-0 at 149 and Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado) pinned Mike Levasseur at 4:06 of the 174 pound weight class. Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) picked up a forfeit at 184 pounds.

 

125 George Gogonas (AC) wins by decision over Pat Pfantz (LC), 11-4

133 Mark Beatty (LC) wins by decision over Max Gailey (AC), 8-1

141 Jordan Loy (LC) wins by fall over Andy Krcatovich (AC), :49

149 Zac Holland (AC) wins by decision over Mark Kapraun (LC), 4-0

157 Erik Hanson (LC) wins by major decision over Kris Kovach (AC), 18-4

165 Joel Allen (LC) wins by decision over Billy Gallo (AC), 5-3

174 Gabriel Gardner (AC) wins by fall over Mike Levasseur (LC), 4:06

184 Brian Kerr (AC) wins by forfeit

197 Alex Grafft (LC) wins by decision over Matt Nykaza (AC), 7-5

285 Jeremy Klein (LC) wins by forfeit

Final Score: #19 Loras College (Iowa) 25, Augustana College (Ill.) 18