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October 2, 2009

2009-2010 Season - 2009-10 Wrestling Preview

2009-10 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: 467-293-16 (.612)
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 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)
JUERGENS’ DUAL MEET RECORD AS HEAD COACH: 6-20 in two years at Augustana
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
2008-09 RECORD: 4-11 dual meet record…Third in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin…12th place at NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: 7/2
LETTER WINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 10/6

STARTERS RETURNING (7)
Kyle Brodwater (St. Joseph Hamm HS, Medford, NJ), Senior, 125 pounds…Second on the team in wins, going 20-12…Second in the CCIW at 125…Second place at the Knox Invitational at 125

Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa), Senior, 149 pounds…Third on the team in wins, finishing 19-20…Third place in the CCIW at 149

Andrew Randone (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa), Senior, 133 pounds…Had team’s highest win percentage, finishing 8-4…Second place in the CCIW at 133

Kris Kovach (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.), Junior, 157 pounds…Finished 4-20 wrestling at 165…Fourth place in the CCIW at 165…Moving to 157 this year

Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.), Junior, 174/184 pounds…Finished with a 7-17 record wrestling at 174, 184 and 197 pounds…Second place in the CCIW at 197

Matt McIntyre (West Carroll HS, Savannah, Ill.), Sophomore, 149/157 pounds…Finished 3-13 overall…Third in the CCIW at 157

Alberto Quiros (Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.), Sophomore, 141 pounds…Finished 9-17 overall…Third place in the CCIW at 141

KEY RETURNING LETTER WINNER
George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas), Senior, 125 pounds…Finished 13-10 in 2008-09…First place at the Knox Invitational at 125…Led team in wins as a sophomore with a 28-13 overall record…Finished third in the CCIW at 125 pounds as a freshman and sophomore…59 wins entering his senior year.

STARTERS LOST (2):
Brian Kerr (United Township HS, East Moline, Ill.), 184 pounds…Led team in wins, going 21-15…First place at the Knox Invitational at 184…Third place in the CCIW at 184

Gabe Gardner (Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.), 174 pounds…Finished 10-20 last year…Fourth place in the CCIW at 174

2008-09 AUGUSTANA WRESTLING SUPERLATIVES

MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER – Brian Kerr
MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER – Alberto Quiros
HARDEST WORKER – Kyle Brodwater
SACRIFICE AWARD – George Gogonas