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September 30, 2010

2010-11 Season - 2010-11 WRESTLING PREVIEW

Eric Juergens will begin his fourth season as the head coach of the Augustana wrestling program in 2010-11.

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: 472-303-16 (.607)
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: 11-30 in three years at Augustana
WRESTLING OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7392
JUERGENS’ CELL PHONE: (563) 451-2932
ASSISTANT COACH: Greg Martin
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa - 1981)

TEAM INFORMATION
2009-10 RECORD: 5-10 dual meet record…Third in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin…10th place at NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: 8/2
LETTER WINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 14/4

 

STARTERS RETURNING (8)
Alejandro Vavra (Gull Lake HS, Dowling, Mich.), Sophomore, 174 pounds...24-19 record...2nd in the CCIW at 174.

Steve Poffenberger (Allegan HS, Paw Paw, Mich.), Sophomore, 125/133 pounds...22-18 record...2nd in the CCIW at 133.

Alberto Quiros (Morton HS/Cicero, Ill.), Junior, 141 pounds...15-17 record...3rd in the CCIW at 141...Vikings’ “Hardest Worker.”

Tyler Dempsey (Grant HS, Ingleside, Ill.), Sophomore, 149/157 pounds...13-22 record...3rd in the CCIW at 165.

Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS/Oak Lawn, Ill.), Senior,  174/184 pounds...12-15 record...3rd in the CCIW at 184.

Hunter Feraco (Gull Lake HS, Battle Creek, Mich.), Sophomore, 184/197 pounds...8-25 record...3rd in the CCIW at 197.

Tyler Hernandez (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.), Sophomore, 149 pounds...5-12 record...3rd in the CCIW at 149...Vikings’ “Most Improved Wrestler.”

George Papandreou (Waukegan HS, Waukegan, Ill.), Sophomore, Heavyweight...2-17 record.

ADDITIONAL KEY RETURNEE
Kyle Brodwater (St. Joseph Hamm HS, Medford, NJ), Senior, 125 pounds...Missed 2009-10 with an injury...2008-09:  20-12 record...2nd place in the CCIW at 125...Voted Vikings’ “Hardest Worker.”

STARTERS LOST (2):
George Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas), 125 pounds... Team MVP...Led team in wins, going 27-12...3rd place in the CCIW at 125...3rd place, NCAA West Regional at 125...NCAA national tournament qualifier...NWCA “Scholar All-American.”

Zac Holland (West Des Moines Dowling HS, Pleasant Hill, Iowa), 157 pounds...23-22 record...3rd in the CCIW at 157...Won Vikings’ “Sacrifice Award.”

2009-10 AUGUSTANA WRESTLING SUPERLATIVES
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIER – George Gogonas @ 125 pounds
NATIONAL WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION “SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICAN” – George Gogonas
MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER – George Gogonas
MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER – Tyler Hernandez
HARDEST WORKER – Alberto Quiros
SACRIFICE AWARD – Zac Holland