Augustana’s North earns NSIC wrestler of the week with 4-0 performance

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Augustana’s TJ North went undefeated in four matches, taking down the No. 1-ranked wrestler in his weight class, and earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestler of the week.

A sophomore from Elk Point, S.D., North allowed just five points in his four bouts while scoring 26 with three decision wins and a major decision. North is now 20-3 on the season with a perfect 10-0 record against Division II competition.

North opened the week with a 7-1 decision over Antonio Meikel of Southwest Minnesota State, pushing his NSIC record to 3-0 on the season.

Ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II at 125 pounds, North would be tested at the Ranger Duals over the weekend. North welcomed the challenge, first taking down Jose Torres of No. 15 McKendree, who is ranked No. 3 in his Super Region, with a commanding 10-2 major decision.

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North carried his momentum into a top-five battle, pitting him against the top-ranked 125-pound wrestler, Alex Johns of No. 10 Indianapolis. North would come out on top, defeating Johns 3-1, helping the Vikings to a 38-9 win.

In his final match of the week, North dispatched Ben Sergent of Findlay, a wrestler returning from an All-American performance, one year ago. With a 6-1 decision, North finished the week undefeated and sparked the Vikings to a 34-9 win over Findlay.

This is North’s first athlete of the week honors, second for the Vikings this year — Michael Lowman earned the accolades on Nov. 26 after winning the Holiday Inn Open.

Augustana returns to the road, taking on Augsburg and Minnesota State on Jan. 24 and 25, respectively.


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