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Two Augustana freshmen wrestlers win individual titles

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By Rock Island Today Reports | Jan 2, 2019

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Freshmen stalwarts Tyler Wagener and Daniel Bishop sparked the Augustana men's wrestling team to an impressive showing at the Warrior-Viking Open on Dec. 29, both winning individual titles in Nebraska.

Wagener easily lapped the field at 149 pounds, pinning Grandview’s Tanner Abbas in just over three-minutes of action in the title match, according to the school’s website.

Bishop, at 184 pounds, was nearly just as impressive in bagging his title, winning his last two bouts by a cumulative score of 38-6 to improve to 16-9 overall on the season.   

Junior Bailey Neises and freshmen Steve Hajas also starred for the Vikings, scoring second-place finishes.

At 165 pounds, Neises won two of three matches, including an 8-0 major decision in the semifinals. Hajas also won two of three bouts, with his most impressive outing coming in a dominating 13-2 major decision victory.

The Vikings return to action Jan. 3 when they open Northern Sun's schedule against Northern State.

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