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October 31, 2012

Viking grapplers 17th in NWCA Pre-season poll

Augustana senior Matt Burns is the defending CCIW champion at 165 pounds. Burns and the Vikings have been ranked 17th in the nation in the 2012-13 NWCA Division III Pre-season Poll.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.-With a pair of 2012 CCIW champions returning, coach Eric Juergens' Augustana wrestling team has garnered a ranking of 17th in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III pre-season poll. Juergens welcomes back defending conference champions Jordan Richardson (Granville HS, Wyoming, Mich.), who won the title at 174 pounds and Matt Burns (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.), who won at 165.

Richardson went on to earn All-America recognition with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship. He and Burns were both third-place finishers at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The return of 2011 CCIW and Great Lakes Regional 125-pound champion Jacob Scholten (Rockford HS, Grandville, Mich.) will help ease the loss of last year's 149-pound conference champ, Alberto Quiros, who shared CCIW Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler honors with Richardson.

In all, Juergens returns starters in seven weight classes.

Two-time defending national champion Wartburg topped the NWCA poll, followed by Augsburg. The Knights and Auggies own the last 18 NCAA Division III national championships, split evenly between the two schools. Coe was ranked third. The Vikings' CCIW rival Elmhurst earned a number four ranking, while North Central was 27th.

 

2012 NWCA Division III Pre-season Poll

Rank 

Team     

  

Rank 

Team     

1.

Wartburg

 

16.

Wabash

2.

Augsburg

 

17.

AUGUSTANA

3.

Coe

 

18.

Johns Hopkins

4.

Elmhurst

 

19.

Saint Olaf

5.

Wisconsin- Whitewater 

 

20.

Wesleyan

6.

Wisconsin- La Crosse 

 

21.

Dubuque

7.

Cortland State

 

22.

Springfield

8.

Centenary College (NJ)

 

23.

Saint John's

9.

Luther

 

24.

Cornell

10.

Ohio Northern

 

25.

Messiah

11.

Ithaca

 

26.

The College of New Jersey 

12.

Olivet

 

27.

North Central (IL)  

13.

Wilkes

 

28.

Johnson & Wales (RI)

14.

Concordia-Moorhead 

 

29.

Central

15.

Wisconsin- Stevens Point 

 

30.

Stevens Institute of Technology