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September 23, 2011

2011-12 Season - 2011-12 WRESTLING PREVIEW

Senior Alberto Quiros put together a 31-9 record a year ago at 141 pounds and finished second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

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: 481-309-16 (.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: 20-36 in four years at Augustana
WRESTLING OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7392
JUERGENS’ CELL PHONE: (563) 451-2932
ASSISTANT COACH: John Fotos
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Rochel Rittgers (Northern Iowa - 1981)


TEAM INFORMATION
2010-11 RECORD: 9-6 dual meet record…Third in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

STARTERS RETURNING/LOST: 5/5
LETTER WINNERS RETURNING/LOST: 12/6


STARTERS RETURNING (5)
Hunter Feraco (Gull Lake HS, Battle Creek, Mich.), Junior, 184 pounds...2011: NWCA “Scholar All-American”...Team “Sacrifice Award” winner...3rd in CCIW at 197 pounds...24-15 record.

Greg Gogonas (Bowie HS, Austin, Texas), Junior, 133 pounds...2011: 3rd in CCIW at 133 pounds...17-15 record.

Steve Poffenberger (Allegan HS, Paw Paw, Mich.), Junior, 141 pounds...2011: 3rd in CCIW at 149 pounds...15-17 record.

Alberto Quiros (Morton HS/Cicero, Ill.), Senior, 141 pounds...2011: Team “Hardest Worker” winner...CCIW runner-up at 141 pounds...Central Invitational 141-pound champion...31-9 record.

Jacob Scholten (Rockford HS, Grandville, Mich.), Sophomore, 125 pounds...2011: Team Co-MVP...CCIW champion at 125 pounds...NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion at 125 pounds...NCAA National Qualifier...125-pound champion at North Central and Central Invitationals...38-8 record.


STARTERS LOST (5):
Tim Day (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Heavyweight...2011: NWCA “Scholar All-American”...Team “Most Improved” co-winner...CCIW runner-up at Heavyweight...17-16 record.

Jordan Graham (Big Rapids HS, Fremont, Mich.), 165 pounds...2011: Team Co-MVP...CCIW champion at 165 pounds...32-15 record.

Justin Hoffman (East Buchanan HS, Winthrop, Iowa), 157 pounds...2011: 10-15 record.

Matt Nykaza (Brother Rice HS/Oak Lawn, Ill.), 197 pounds...2011: 11-11 record.

Alejandro Vavra (Gull Lake HS, Dowling, Mich.), 174 pounds...2011: 3rd in CCIW at 174 pounds...35-16 record.


2010-11 AUGUSTANA WRESTLING SUPERLATIVES
NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL MEET QUALIFIER – Jacob Scholten @ 125 pounds & Jordan Graham @ 165 pounds
NCAA DIVISION III GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPION – Jacob Scholten @ 125 pounds
COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS – Jacob Scholten @ 125 pounds and Jordan Graham @ 165 pounds for first Augustana individual conference champions since 2006
NATIONAL WRESTLING COACHES ASSOCIATION “SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICAN” – Hunter Feraco & Tim Day
NORTH CENTRAL INVITATIONAL CHAMPION (12/11/10)  – Jacob Scholten @ 125 pounds
CENTRAL OF IOWA INVITATIONAL CHAMPION (01/15/11) – Jacob Scholten @ 125 pounds & Alberto Quiros @ 141 pounds
ADDITION TO AUGUSTANA’S TOP 20 SINGLE SEASON VICTORY LIST – Jacob Scholten, tied for 20th with 38-8 record
CCIW WRESTLER OF THE WEEK – Jacob Scholten on 01/18/11
TEAM DUAL MEET RECORD – 9-6 for best record since 2003-04
CCIW TEAM FINISH – Third with 63.5 points for highest point total in conference championship since 2006
MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER – Jacob Scholten & Jordan Graham
MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER – Tim Day & Abraham Duran
HARDEST WORKER – Alberto Quiros
SACRIFICE AWARD – Hunter Feraco