Augustana got in the first shot and ended up having the final say at Wachs Arena Saturday afternoon.
The 15th-ranked Vikings were the aggressor at nearly every weight on the way to a 34-9 win over Northern State during a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual.
“We preach that quite a bit, to go out there and get in their face, take the fight to them and try to get a lead,” said Augustana coach Jason Reitmeier. “Then we want to build on the lead. I didn’t think we did as well building on leads, but overall, I was pretty happy with our performance.”
The Wolves’ lone win on the mat came at 184 pounds where Chad Gibson scored a 4-2 decision. Unlike his teammates, Gibson was able to score an early takedown and wrestle with the lead the entire way.
“That’s Chad Gibson being the senior leader that he is,” said Northern coach Pat Timm. “He’s banged up a little bit, but he’s fighting through it. He’s finding ways to win. That’s kind of what we thought he would do. He wrestles his tail off. You get his best effort every time he steps on the mat.”
By the time Gibson hit the mat, the Wolves were down 28-0 and he was not about to have his team get blanked.
“I didn’t want to go and get goose-egged today,” Gibson said. “I was going to do whatever it took to get that ‘W.’ I just wanted to get that win.”
The senior from Rapid City said he was trying to be physical with his opponent.
“I was going to just wear him out,” Gibson said, “work my stuff and try to wear him out as much as possible.”
Northern also won the final match of the day, a forfeit victory by Dustin Caspers at heavyweight.
However, for the most part, it was the Vikings who set the tone by getting the initial takedowns, racking up 24 in all on the way to recording a pair of pins, a technical fall and two major decisions.
Meanwhile, the Wolves managed just four takedowns during the dual.
“We just have to be more aggressive,” Timm said. “What I told our guys is, pull the trigger instead of cocking back and waiting. Pull the trigger and get it done and get after it.”
The Wolves head to St. Cloud, Minn., on Thursday to face the top-ranked Huskies.
125 -- TJ North, A, def. Anthony Bruno, 4-1.
133 -- Jeremiah Peterson, A, def. Tyler Frost, 11-3.
141 -- Brandon Charbonneau, A, def. Ian Muirhead, 5-3.
149 -- Nate Herda, A, technical fall over Grant Steen, 25-10.
157 -- Shawn Hatlestad, A, def. Gavin Larsen, 6-2.
165 -- Parker Swanson, A, pinned Blake Lundgren, 4:52.
174 -- Jeff Nielsen, A, def. Anthony Navarro, 10-2.
184 -- Chad Gibson, N, def. Tim Weber, 4-2.
197 -- Jayd Docken, A, pinned Baker Haar, 2:17.
Hwt. -- Dustin Caspers, N, won by forfeit.
Official: Bob Hirsch.