Jayd Docken of Winner, an Augustana College wrestler, added to his list of accomplishments by placing sixth at the NCAA Division II wrestling championships.
The senior 195 pound wrestler became an All-American for the second time. In his career, Docken was a four time national qualifier and had a record of 95-33.
“He’s done a lot for our program,” said coach Jason Reitmeier. “It’s extremely difficult to do what he’s done. Even getting out of our region is touch. What he has done is pretty impressive,” said Reitmeier.
The coach said at the national tournament in St. Louis, Docken was able to put a string of good matches together. “Once you get so far into the tournament it’s really difficult and tense,” said Reitmeier. “One takedown decides the match and we weren’t able to get that.”
In Docken’s sophomore year, a season that he also earned All-American, he also took sixth.
“Jayd’s been one of those guys who leads by example,” said the coach. “You can’t replace him and he’s going to do a lot in the future.”
Reitmeier noted Docken has done wonders for the wrestling program at Augie in terms of recruiting.
“It helps having South Dakota kids doing well and it just shows how good South Dakota wrestling really is,” said the coach.