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November 14, 2009

2009-2010 Season - Wrestlers place five at Knox Open

In the second meet of the 2009-10 season, the Augustana Vikings picked up five place winners at the Knox Open in Galesburg, Illinois on Saturday, November 14. A week earlier, at the Loras Open, only senior George Gogonas (Bowie HS, El Paso, Texas) was able to place in the top six. He was third at 125 pounds. It was a different story in Galesburg as five Vikings finished in the top six, with two wrestlers earning third place.

Gogonas and sophomore Alberto Quiros (Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.) each finishing third while freshman Alejandro Vavra (Gull Lake HS, Dowling, Mich.) was fourth and senior Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) and freshman Steve Poffenberger (Allegan HS, Paw Paw, Mich.) finishing fifth.

Gogonas, who is now 7-2 on the season, finished third at 125 with a 5-4 victory over Dominick Deligio of Milwaukee School of Engineering. He won his first match of the day over Chad Kunderf of Wisconsin-Platteville before losing to Allen Fish of Wisconsin-Platteville 3-2 in the championship semifinals. He then defeated Jeff Kukla of Wisconsin-Platteville 9-7 before winning his third place match.

Quiros won two matches in the championship round at 141, defeating Matt Osterich of Milwaukee School of Engineering 11-4 and then handling Andy Casper of Wisconsin-Platteville 8-2. He lost in the semifinal to Josh Atwell of Central of Iowa and went into the wrestle back bracket. He picked up a 10-5 win over Ross George of Wisconsin-Platteville and in the third place match he beat Cotton Schmitz of Truman State 4-2. Quiros is now 6-3 on the season.

Vavra lost his first match to Nathan Downs of Hanover in the 174 pound weight class by a score of 5-2. He then started the long trip back through the wrestle backs. Vavra won five straight matches, including two by fall, before losing a 4-2 decision in overtime to Dean Schultz of Truman State. Vavra is now 7-4 this season.

Poffenberger was fifth at 133 pounds, beating Steve Andrickaitis of Luther in the fifth place match by injury default. He went 4-2 in the tournament and is now 4-4 this year. Holland was fifth at 157 pounds, thanks to an injury default over Joe Smith of Rend Lake College in the fifth place match. Holland was 3-2 in the tournament and is now 4-3 on the year.