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March 1, 2009

2008-2009 Season - 2008-09 WRESTLING REVIEW

 

In his second year at the helm of the Augustana wrestling program, Eric Juergens guided his charges to a third place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. For a program that has won a total of 36 conference titles, the third place finish might not seem like much. A closer examination of the numbers, however, tells a different story.

 

The Vikings’ last league crown came in 2004 and they were fifth in 2007 and fourth in 2008. In 2007 they scored 33.5 points and in 2008 they tallied 34.5. This year they totaled 48.5 points to place third behind North Central (98.5) and Elmhurst (85). Wheaton was fourth with 33.5 points.

 

Three Augustana wrestlers recorded second place finishes in the CCIW tournament, which was held on Saturday, February 14 at Wheaton College. Junior Kyle Brodwater (St. Joseph Hamm HS, Medford, New Jersey) at 125, senior Andrew Randone (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) at 133 and sophomore Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) at 197 all made it to the championship matches in their respective weight classes.

 

In addition to the three runners-up, four Vikings placed third in the conference tournament. Freshman Alberto Quiros (Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.) at 141, junior Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) at 149, freshman Matt McIntyre (West Carroll HS, Savanna, Ill.) at 157 and senior Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.) at 197 all recorded third place finishes.

 

The Vikings were 4-11 in dual meets, winning three of their final five matches of the season after beginning the campaign with a 1-9 mark.

 

Kerr led the team in victories with a record of 21-15 while Brodwater also eclipsed the 20 win mark with a 20-12 record. Holland was 19-20 and George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) finished up 13-10.

 

 

2009 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT

February 14, 2009 *** King Arena *** Wheaton, Illinois

 

TEAM SCORES: 1. North Central 98.5; 2. Elmhurst 85; 3. AUGUSTANA 48.5; 4. Wheaton 33.5; 5. Millikin, Carthage, Illinois Wesleyan and North Park did not field teams.

 

INDIVIDUAL PLACE WINNERS

WEIGHT CLASS

CHAMPION

SECOND

THIRD

FOURTH

125

Jake Oster, Elmhurst

KYLE BRODWATER, AUGUSTANA

Joe Norton, North Central

 

133

Jake Denhof, Elmhurst

ANDREW RANDONE, AUGUSTANA

Sean Tomas, North Central

Caleb Cardenas, Wheaton

141

Jamie Devine, North Central

Rob Lejman, Elmhurst

ALBERTO QUIROS, AUGUSTANA

Jeff Coners, Wheaton

149

Jason Fitzenreider, North Central

Charlie Curran, Elmhurst

ZAC HOLLAND, AUGUSTANA

Matt Cordell, Wheaton

157

Cowan Brown, North Central

Nick Parrish, Elmhurst

MATT MCINTYRE, AUGUSTANA

 

165

Ben Youel, North Central

Greg Horn, Elmhurst

Justin Marble, Wheaton

KRIS KOVACH, AUGUSTANA

174

Greg Schroeder, North Central

Justin Tomal, Wheaton

Frank Savegnago, Elmhurst

GABE GARDNER, AUGUSTANA

184

Gabe Youel, North Central

Toby Boltz, Wheaton

BRIAN KERR, AUGUSTANA

Garrett Washington, Elmhurst

197

Vinnie Sapienza, North Central

MATT NYKAZA, AUGUSTANA

Bernie Vazquez, Elmhurst

 

285

Mark Corsello, Elmhurst

Billy Malone, North Central

Chase Campbell, Wheaton

 

 

2008-09 AUGUSTANA WRESTLING SUPERLATIVES

MOST VALUABLE WRESTLER - Brian Kerr

MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER - Alberto Quiros

HARDEST WORKER - Kyle Brodwater

SACRIFICE AWARD - George Gogonas