Jan. 28, 2010

By Amy Farnum

VIKING VICTORS: No. 10 Augustana (S.D.) notched a pair of key Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual victories last week, topping two top 10 opponents. The Vikings improved to 7-4 on the season.

Junior 197-pounder Ty Copsey, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation, helped the Vikings cruise to a 25-7 win over No. 8 St. Cloud State as he topped No. 6 Lukas Munkelwitz, 7-3, in the opening match of the dual. The native of Glenwood, Iowa, went on to post a major decision (13-1) against Minnesota State's John Makabe as the Vikings dropped the fourth-ranked Mavericks, 20-15, to move to 3-0 in the NSIC standings. Copsey was named NSIC Wrestler of the Week for his efforts.

The Vikings look to continue their winning ways in the NSIC against the University of Mary on Jan. 29 and Northern State on Jan. 30.

STREAK SNAPPED: Top-ranked Nebraska-Omaha came out of the losing end of a dual for the first time since Feb. 21, 2008, ending a streak of 18 consecutive dual wins, as the Mavericks fell to Augsburg College - the No. 1 team in Division III -- on Jan. 22 The Auggies' 18 points were the most UNO had given up all season in the Mavs' 18-12. The match was highlighted by a 197-pound battle between Division II's No. 1 Jacob Marrs and Division III's No. 1 Jared Massey. Massey upended Marrs, 6-2, sealing the victory for the Auggies.

The Mavericks bounced back the following day with a dominating 34-9 win over No. 8 St. Cloud State, winning eight of 10 matches in the dual as they downed the Huskies for the 12th straight time.

UNO now travels to No. 11 Central Oklahoma on Jan. 29, and then heads to intrastate rival No. 9 Nebraska-Kearney the next night.

NO. 1 EARNS 100TH: Nebraska-Kearney's Marty Usman compiled three victories at the Central Missouri Dual Jamboree on Jan. 23, increasing his career win total to 100.

The senior from Arlington, Texas, is Division II's top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds, and posted major decisions in each of his three matches as he improved to 29-1 on the year. Twenty of his 29 wins are bonus-point victories. He is the 12th UNK wrestler to reach the 100-win mark, and owns a 100-18 record at the school.

The Lopers will host top-ranked Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 30, and Usman will most likely battle the Mavericks' Aaron Denson, the nation's No. 2 wrestler at 174 pounds.

TIGER BEAT: Despite losses in two of the dual's most anticipated matches, Fort Hays State pulled out a 27-17 victory over No. 17 Adams State for the Tigers' first win over a higher-ranked opponent on Jan. 21.

The dual between FHSU's Tommy Edgmon and Adams State's Arsenia Bardsdale - the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 wrestlers at 125 pounds - got the excitement started with the rematch of last year's NCAA championship match. Barksdale, the 2009 national champion, upended Edgmon once again, winning a 4-1 decision.

Adams State's Josh Hensley, No. 1 at 141 pounds, toppled second-ranked Andre Harrison by a 12-2 major decision, but the Tigers then won five straight matches, including three bonus-point wins, to claim the team victory.

The Tigers are now 3-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action, and look to stay perfect at Colorado State-Pueblo on Jan. 28.