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May 7, 2012

2011-12 Season - Wrestling announces 2012 award winners

Junior Matt Burns, shown here moments after winning the CCIW title at 165 pounds, won both the Sacrifice Award and the Most Improved Wrestler for the 2011-12 season.

Augustana wrestling head coach Eric Juergens’ has announced his 2011-12 team award winners and a trio of conference champions heads the list. Sophomore Jordan Richardson (Grandville HS, Wyoming, Ill.) was named the Vikings’ Most Valuable Performer. Senior Alberto Quiros (J. Sterling Morton HS, Cicero, Ill.) earned his fourth straight Hardest Worker Award and junior Matt Burns (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) won the Sacrifice Award. Burns also shared Most Improved Wrestler with freshman Connor Cummings (Downers Grove North HS, Woodridge, Ill.).

Richardson won the CCIW title at 174 pounds and went on to finish third at the Great Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, Minnesota and eighth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His performance at nationals earned him All-America status, making him the first Augustana grappler since 2003 to achieve that honor. He won individual titles at the Knox Open (at 184 pounds) and Central Tournament. Richardson finished the year with a 38-11 record, leading the team in wins and tying him for 20th on Augustana’s all-time single season wins list.

Quiros, who won the 2012 conference championship at 149 pounds and shared CCIW Most Outstanding Wrestler honors with Richardson, was named Hardest Worker for the fourth consecutive year. He finished second at the Great Lakes Regional and advanced to the national meet. He earned CCIW Wrestler of the Week recognition after winning the 149-pound weight class at Central and finished the year with a 36-11 record. The team’s lone senior was also Augustana’s male Merle Chapman Award winner this spring.

Burns stormed through the CCIW 165-pound weight class to win the title as the fourth seed. He also captured a third place finish at the Great Lakes Regional and, like Richardson and Quiros, advanced to nationals. He finished 28-17 this year.

Cummings, a freshman 184-pounder, finished 8-10 and shared Most Improved honors with Burns.

2011-12 AUGUSTANA WRESTLING LETTERWINNERS

NAME

WEIGHT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Alexander Bowers*

157

Fr

Noblesville, Ind./HS

Thomas Browne*

133

Fr

Hainseville, Ill./Grayslake

Matthew Burns***

165

Jr

Naperville, Ill./Central

Connor Cummings*

184

Fr

Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove North

Abraham Duran**

HWT

So

Aurora, Ill./East Aurora

Hunter Feraco***

184

Jr

Battle Creek, Mich./Gull Lake

Greg Gogonas**

141

Jr

Austin, Texas/James Bowie

Cody Heche***

174

Jr

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

Tyler Hernandez***

141

Jr

Maricopa, Ariz./Bloomington

Ian Knepshield***

184

Jr

Ford City, Pa./Shady Side

Derek Law*

141

Fr

Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy

Gary Miller*

174

Fr

Littleton, Colo./Columbine

Steve Monaco*

197

Fr

Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg

Mitch Musgrove**

149

So

Andover, Ill./Orion

Walter Piech*

149

Fr

Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East

Steve Poffenberger***

133

Jr

Paw Paw, Mich./Allegan

Alberto Quiros****

149

Sr

Berwyn, Ill./Morton

Matthew Regnier***

197

Jr

Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield

Jordan Richardson*

184

So

Wyoming, Mich./Grandville

Hector Ruiz*

141

Fr

Aurora, Ill./East

John Schraidt*

HWT

Fr

Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield

John Seaman*

HWT

Fr

Munster, Ind./HS

Kevin Sundberg*

157

Fr

Paw Paw, Mich./HS

David Tessiatore*

157/149

Fr

Downers Grove, Ill./North

Eric Timko*

149

Fr

Geneva, Ill./Community

Torey Welch*

157

Fr

Littleton, Col./Valor Christian

Seth Whan*

174

Fr

Viola, Ill./Sherrard

Zackary Wheeler*

141

Fr

Marseilles, Ill./Seneca