Augustana Wrestling Camps

Head Coach Jason Reitmeier

In 15 of his 16 seasons as head coach, Augustana alum, Jason Reitmeier has had at least one wrestler earn All-America honors (50 overall) and has tutored four individual national champions.
 
Reitmeier became the winningest coach in Augustana history, surpassing Paul Kendle (154-56-1) when he picked up his 155th career dual victory at the South Dakota Showcase against Northern State on Dec. 4, 2016. 

Augustana has never finished lower than fourth in the final conference standings since he took over the program in 2003-04. Under Reitmeier, the Vikings have 11 top-five region showings along with a third-place and two runner-up finishes at nationals.

In the 2018-19 season, Reitmeier led the Vikings to a fourth-place tie in the NSIC with a conference record of 4-4 and an overall record of 5-4. Augustana would then go on to place fifth at the NCAA Regionals with 61 points and would qualify two athletes for the NCAA Championships. 

Reitmeier guided Colin Ayers to a second-place finish in the 157 pound weight class and Clayton Wahlstrom to a fourth-place finish in the 179 pound weight class at the NCAA Championships. The two athletes were named All-Americans as well.

In the 2017-18 season, Reitmeier led Augustana to a tie for second in the NSIC with a conference record of 6-2 and an overall record of 11-4. Reitmeier's Vikings also finished sixth in the region and had two national qualifiers. 

Aero Amo made his third-straight trip to nationals and Lukas Poloncic became a first-time qualifier. Amo became the 19th two-time All-American in Augustana history with a seventh place finish and the 33rd Viking with multiple All-American honors. 

During the 2016-17 season, Reitmeier led the Vikings to a successful team campaign going 12-7 in duals and earning an NSIC dual record of 6-2, good for third in the conference.

Reitmeier qualified five wrestlers for nationals: Brandon Carroll, Tyler Nation, Ben Goodwin, Aero Amo and Michael Lowman. He had four regional finalists, including two regional champs and a third-place finisher. His team finished fourth at the regional tournament.

At the NCAA Championships, Michael Lowman (4th) and Aero Amo (5th) became the first pair of All-Americans under Reitmeier since 2014-15. The team's 11th place finish was the highest finish for a Reitmeier coached team since the 2011-12 season. 

In the 2015-16 season, Reitmeier led his team to its second-consecutive 18-win season. The Vikings finished fourth in the NSIC and ninth in the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament. Aero Amo advanced to the national championship after winning the 184 pound weight class. At the national championships Amo went 1-2, winning his first match of the tournament.

In the 2014-15 season, Reitmeier led the Vikings to an 18-5 record and a second-place NSIC finish. The Vikings placed ninth at the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament and qualified TJ North, Jayd Docken and Michael Lowman for nationals. North took home second-place and Docken finished in sixth-place for All-America honors. 
 
Augustana went 12-6 in 2013-14 and sent Jayd Docken and TJ North to nationals. The Vikings went 5-3 in the NSIC and finished fourth in the standings. North earned All-America honors and became the 43rd to do so under Reitmeier.  

Augustana’s 2012-13 team went 10-6 in dual action, including a fourth-place 5-3 NSIC mark.

Sophomore Jayd Docken earned All-America status with a sixth-place finish at nationals after the Vikings took seventh place at the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament. 

Augustana placed third at the 2012 Super Regional Three competition and went on to claim a share of 10th place at nationals. Three Vikings competed with All-America distinction – Cody Lensing (125), Jason Jeremiason (133), and Chism Fink (141). 

Lensing capped an outstanding season in 2012 by winning the Elite 89 Award sponsored by the NCAA. The Elite 89 salutes a student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point-average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.

In 2010-11, Reitmeier’s Vikings were runners-up at Super Regionals, qualified seven wrestlers for nationals, finished third in the team standings, and were fourth in the final Division II rankings. Reitmeier’s team won the NSIC championship for the first time in 2010-11 with a perfect 7-0 dual record. Augustana came within two points of winning the league in 2009-10.

The 2004-05 season saw the Vikings win a school-record 14 dual matches and earn runner-up honors at the prestigious Cliff Keen National Duals. During the campaign the Vikings were ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history. Augustana took first at the combined NCC/North Regional Tournament, securing the program’s first league championship since 1981.

Reitmeier took 10 of his wrestlers to the 2004-05 nationals, where seven were awarded All-America honors. Three Vikings advanced to the championship round with Aaron Graumann and Tom Meester winning titles in their respective weight classes. The final team standings had Augustana in second place with 101 points, matching the best national finish in school history. Reitmeier was named Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Reitmeier wrestled for two seasons for Augustana. His 36-4 record in 1995-96 included the NCC 134-pound championship and third place at nationals. He went 30-3 in 1996-97 and secured a berth at nationals as a wildcard.  Seeded seventh at 142 pounds, he became the first Viking wrestler in 12 years to claim a national championship.

In 2008, Reitmeier became a member of the Augustana Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2020, he is slated to join the NWCA Hall of Fame. 

He graduated from Augustana in 1997 and served six seasons as a Viking assistant coach before receiving the appointment as head coach.

Reitmeier and his wife, Stacy, are the parents of two children – Wyatt and Josie. Stacy also graduated from Augustana in 1997.