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January 24, 2013

Jordan Richardson leads the nation in pins

Junior 184-pounder Jordan Richardson leads all of NCAA Division III with 12 pins this season.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has released its latest Division III leader lists for wrestling and in the falls category, three Augustana grapplers rank among the nation's top seven. Junior 184-pounder Jordan Richardson (Grandville HS, Wyoming, Mich.) leads the nation with a dozen pins, while sophomore 157-pounder Kevin Sundberg (Paw Paw HS, Paw Paw, Mich.) and senior 174-pounder Matt Burns (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) have 10 each and rank sixth and seventh, respectively.

Richardson, a 2012 All-American who sports a 25-6 record this season, has pinned 12 opponents in a combined time of 27:49. Last year's CCIW 174-pound champion is currently ranked 16th in the nation at 184 pounds by D3wrestle.com  

Sundberg is 25-10 this season. His 10 falls have taken a total time of 33:37. Burns, the 2012 CCIW champion at 165 and currently the nation's 12th-ranked 174-pounder, is 27-3 this season. He has taken 35:40 to record his 10 pins.  

Coach Eric Juergens' 27th-ranked Vikings face Wheaton at Carver Center on Friday, January 25 before hosting Elmhurst, the nation's second-ranked team, on Tuesday, January 29.  

NCAA DIVISION III FALLS TOP 10

RANK FALLS TIME NAME SCHOOL WT. CLASS
1 12 27:49 JORDAN RICHARDSON AUGUSTANA 184
2 11 22:15 Jordan Koranda Wisconsin-Stevens Point 285
3 11 29:38 Nick Scotto Wesleyan (Conn.) 141
4 10 19:40 Cody Lovejoy Ohio Northern 285
5 10 24:06 Carl Gaul Cornell College 285
6 10 33:37 KEVIN SUNDBERG AUGUSTANA 157
7 10 35:40 MATT BURNS AUGUSTANA 174
8 9 12:10 Blake Helm Thiel 285
9 9 14:03 Jefferson Ajayi Wesleyan (Conn.) 184
10 9 21:22 Nick Steger Loras 133