Silva and Augustyn fall just short of All-American honors at NAIA Nationals

By on Mar. 4, 2011 in Wrestling

Silva and Augustyn fall just short of All-American honors at NAIA Nationals

Concordia’s Julian Silva and Blake Augustyn fell just short of All-American honors at the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament today in Iowa.  Both wrestlers battled throughout the day but were unable to advance to Saturday’s championship round.  The Bulldogs are currently in 27th place with 12 team points. 

A total of seven Concordia wrestlers were alive in the consolation bracket at the beginning of the day on Friday.  Silva and Augustyn battled through multiple matches to earn a shot at All-American honors. 

Silva (Covina, Calif.) won two matches on Friday before being eliminated.  He picked up a 7-1 decision over Justin Cooper (Lindsay Wagner College) and a 10-4 decision over Jake Mabry (Oklahoma City University).  Spencer Adams (Campbellsville University) eliminated Silva with a tough 4-2 decision on Friday evening. 

Augustyn (Ord, Neb.) won three matches on Friday to stay alive.  He opened the day with a 17-2 technical fall win over Lupe Silas of Bacone College.  In his next match, Augustyn picked up a 10-2 major decision over John Tyler of Calumet College of St. Joseph.  On Friday evening, however, Drae Cox (Lindenwood University) earned a 9-1 major decision to eliminate Augustyn from the tournament. 

Adam Joseph (Hastings, Neb.), Frank Ayala (West Covina, Calif.), Brandon Starkey (St. Paul, Neb.), Travis Patrick (Castle Rock, Wash.) and Gordie Fowlkes (Newman Grove, Neb.) were eliminated earlier in Friday’s action.