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North Dakota State, Augustana to hit the mat for wrestling dual at Sanford Pentagon

07/07/2021, 10:00am CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota State University and Augustana University will meet for a wrestling dual at 2 p.m. on December 4 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

Tickets will go on sale later and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com or at the Pentagon Box Office.

 

“Turning the lights off on Heritage Court and putting a spotlight on the mat is always an exciting event at the Pentagon,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations at the Sanford Sports Complex. “These two programs have a history of producing great teams and individual wrestlers, and fans will be in for a competitive dual with a great atmosphere.”

North Dakota State has been a member of the Big 12 Conference since 2015-16 with three top-five finishes in six years at the conference championships. Last season, the Bison sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, including conference champion Luke Weber (165). Roger Kish, a two-time NCAA All-American at Minnesota, will be entering his 11th season as NDSU’s head coach.

In 2020-21, the Vikings placed fourth in the NCAA Super Region 5 Tournament, sending two wrestlers to the NCAA DII Wrestling Championships, including All-American Steven Hajas. Hajas won the consolation championship at the national tournament. Augustana has had an All-American in 17 of the last 18 years. The Vikings were national runner-up in 2010 and placed third in 2011. Jason Reitmeier, a 1997 National Champion, will be entering his 19th year as head coach at his alma mater.

 

“This is the third year in a row that Coach Kish has agreed to wrestle us. Unfortunately last year, it was cancelled due to Covid,” said Reitmeier. “We are excited to have the chance to wrestle a strong Division I team. It is always exciting to wrestle a Division I team as tough as NDSU but being able to wrestle them at a facility like the Pentagon makes it really special. Thank you to Sanford and NDSU. The team is really looking forward to this dual and the atmosphere that the Pentagon brings.” 

 

 

About the Sanford Pentagon
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball.

The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball tournaments, Augustana University women’s and men’s basketball and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit
sanfordpentagon.com.

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