MADISON, Wisc. — Dorman Gym was the site of one of the most anticipated duals in the Northern Sun Conference this season. No. 3 Upper Iowa welcomed No. 5 Augustana (S.D.). The Peacocks and Vikings were tied, 9-9, after the first five matches, but Upper Iowa won four of the final five matches including one by fall to post the 24-12 victory and improve to 10-1 on the year and 6-0 in the conference.
With the victory, the Peacocks now have the opportunity to claim their fourth NSIC Championship this Sunday. Upper Iowa will visit the No.1 Huskies of St. Cloud State for showdown. The Huskies are also undefeated in the NSIC at 5-0 and have a dual with Minnesota State remaining after Sunday.
Prior to the match Upper Iowa recognized their four seniors on the mat. Kyle Pedretti, Winston Robbins, Zach Rosol and Luke Stika were all honored. The group has earned 78 wins in 107 matches this season.
The dual began at 149 pound and pitted UIU’s freshman Jordan Rinken against Augie’s Nate Herda, the nation’s No. 1 individual at his weight. After a scoreless first period, Herda put the first point on the board with an escape early in the second. The Viking wrestler added to his lead with a late takedown to move to the final period ahead 3-0. In the third period, Herda scored three takedowns, while Rinken mustered three escapes as Augustana claimed the 9-3 decision.
Winston Robbins earned six points for the home team when Augustana left the 157 match open.
The 165-pound match featured another freshman for UIU, Blake Sorensen, and the Viking’s Matt Morris. The match moved to the final period still scoreless, but Morris rode Sorensen for the entire second period building two minutes of ride time. After knocking the ride time to just twenty seconds, the freshman from Denver, Iowa scored three nearfall points to win his match, 3-0, and push the home team’s lead to 9-3.
Wade Gobin toed the line against Carl Serck in one of the premier matches of the night. Serck picked up a takedown, but Gobin was able to escape. Serck began to dominate claiming a takedown as the first period wound down and then added an escape and takedown in the second period to push out to a 7-2 advantage. Gobin scored a takedown midway through the third period, but an escape and takedown by the Augie grappler gave him a five-point lead. A final escape by Gobin and ride time point for Serck placed the final score at 11-6 and cut UIU’s lead to 9-6.
The Peacocks sent Mitch Schultz into the circle at 184 pounds to take on Jayd Docken, who scored a takedown in the first period claiming a 2-1 lead after the first period. Schultz tied the match with another escape in the second period, but Docken added a second takedown to push back to a 4-2 lead. UIU’s junior earned his third escape to pull within one, 4-3, heading into the final period. However, a penalty point and reversal gave Docken a four-point advantage and a final ride time point set the final margin at 8-3 and pulled the visitors even on the scoreboard, 9-9.
UIU’s Carl Broghammer and Augustana’s Sean Derry. Broghammer registered the only points in the match heading into the final period thanks to a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second. Broghammer controlled the final period racking up a total of 2:37 in ride time for the 4-0 decision and a 12-9 lead for Upper Iowa.
Zach Rosol got back on the mat for the second time since returning from injury. The Peacock heavyweight took on Taylor Harris and scored an early five points with a takedown and three nearfall points. Rosol scored his second consecutive win by fall since returning at the 3:23 mark of the match to get the home crowd on their feet as UIU’s lead grew to 18-9.
Kyle Pedretti looked to bounce back from his loss in UIU’s last dual against Cody Lensing. The Peacock senior scored a takedown midway through the opening period and a reversal to open the second period, while Lensing picked up two points on escapes. Pedretti scored a takedown as the second period ended and added another in the third to take an 8-2 lead. A final ride time point gave UIU the 9-4 decision.
With a 21-9 lead, Upper Iowa put their No. 1 ranked wrestler, Trevor Franklin, on the mat at 133 pounds versus Jason Jeremaison. The match moved to the final period scoreless, but Franklin accumulated two minutes of ride time in the second period. Franklin added an escape just six seconds into the final period and added a ride time point to claim a 2-0 decision pushing his record to 19-0 and his win streak to 35 matches.
In the final match of the night, the Viking’s Chism Fink took on the Peacock’s Duane Richardson. Chism took a 4-2 lead into the second period after a pair of takedowns. Fink dominated the second period with three takedowns taking an 11-4 lead into the final frame. Richardson caught Fink in the final seconds for a takedown, but couldn’t quite turn Fink over to score any back points. Augie’s wrestler scored the 14-8 decision to set the final score at 24-12.