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June 8, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Gogonas named MVP for Viking wrestlers

George Gogonas was named the MVP of the 2009-10 Augustana wrestling team. He compiled a 27-12 record and qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament. He also was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association "Scholar All-American Team".

Augustana senior George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas) was named the Most Valuable Performer for the 2009-10 wrestling season. Gogonas, a four year letterwinner and regular at 125 pounds, compiled a 27-12 record during his senior year. He also qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament and in doing so became the first Viking since 2006 to move out of the regionals.

He finished third in the NCAA West Regional and qualified for the national meet as an “at-large” participant. Earlier in the year he placed third in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament and he also earned “Scholar All-American” honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He finished his career with an overall record of 86-53.

Sophomore Alberto Quiros (Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.) was named the Most Dedicated Wrestler and freshman Tyler Hernandez (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) won the Most Improved Wrestler honor. Senior Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) earned the Sacrifice Award.

Quiros compiled a record of 14-17 at 141 pounds and finished third in the CCIW. Hernandez was 5-12 at 149 pounds and Holland had a 23-22 mark at 157 pounds. Hernandez and Holland also placed third in the CCIW.

Augustana was 5-10 in dual meets this year and placed third in the CCIW tournament with 51.5 points and 10 th in the NCAA West Regional.

2009-10 AUGUSTANA WRESTLING LETTERWINNERS

NAME

WEIGHT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Matthew Burns*

184/197

Fr

Naperville, Illinois (Naperville Central)

Jeff Daisy

285

Sr

Lansing, Illinois (Thornton Fractional South)

Tyler Dempsey*

149/157

Fr

Ingleside, Illinois (Grant)

Hunter Feraco*

184/197

Fr

Battle Creek, Michigan (Gull Lake)

George Gogonas****

125

Sr

Austin, Texas (Bowie)

Cody Heche*

197

Fr

Cary, Illinois (Cary-Grove)

Tyler Hernandez*

149

Fr

Bloomington, Illinois (Bloomington

Zac Holland****

157

Sr

Pleasant Hill, Iowa (West Des Moines Dowling)

Pat Kilroy**

197

Sr

Lisle, Illinois (Lisle)

Ian Knepshield*

157

Fr

Ford City, Pennsylvania (Shady Side Academy)

Matthew McIntyre**

149/157

So

Savanna, Illinois (West Carroll)

Matt Nykaza***

174/184

Jr

Oak Lawn, Illinois (Brother Rice)

George Papandreou*

HWT

Fr

Waukegan, Illinois (Waukegan)

Konner Pemberton*

174

Fr

Fremont, Nebraska (Fremont)

Steve Poffenberger*

125/133

Fr

Paw Paw, Michigan (Allegan)

Alberto Quiros**

141

So

Cicero, Illinois (Morton)

Matthew Regnier*

197/HWT

Fr

Riverside, Illinois (Riverside-Brookfield)

Alec Rizzo***

141

Jr

Palatine, Illinois (William Fremd)

Alejandro Vavra*

174/184

Fr

Dowling, Michigan (Gull Lake)

  • - Denotes letters won

(C) – Denotes team captains

HEAD COACH: Eric Juergens

ASSISTANT COACHES: Greg Martin