Top-ranked Auggies win 8 of 10, top Cobbers 36-6
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Winning eight of 10 bouts, including seven by bonus-point margins, the top-ranked Augsburg University wrestling team scored a 36-6 victory over host Concordia College-Moorhead in a dual meet on Thursday evening.
Augsburg, the top-ranked team in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, won the first five bouts to take a 24-0 lead. Concordia won the next two bouts, but Augsburg took the final three, all by major decision, to clinch the win. Augsburg had four major decisions, a pin, technical fall and a win by forfeit among its eight victories.
Ryan Epps (SO, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS), the No. 4-ranked 157-pounder nationally, improved to 22-1 on the season with the lone pin of the evening, a 47-second match-ender of Keaton Long. The pin, Epps’ fifth of the season, was his first in under 60 seconds.
Victor Gliva (SO, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS), ranked No. 10 at 125, scored a 15-0 technical fall over Jake Nohre. Gliva used two takedowns, a reversal, a four-point near-fall, two 2-point near-falls and a riding-time point to score the 15-0 triumph. Gliva is now 19-3 on the season, including 12 bonus-point wins (six pins, one technical fall, five major decisions), and has won 16 of his last 17 matches.
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No. 5-ranked 149-pounder Alex Wilson (JR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) claimed an 8-0, major-decision win over Ty Jonson. Wilson is now 19-3 on the season, with 15 bonus-point wins (six pins, five technical falls, four major decisions).
Sebastian Larson (SR, River Falls, Wis./River Falls HS), ranked No. 10 at 184, improved to 18-5 on the year with a 10-2 major decision over Nick Gravdahl, using two takedowns and a four-point near-fall to score the convincing win. Larson is 7-2 since moving down a weight class to 184 at the midway point of the campaign.
Jonny Zarnke (SO, Chaska, Minn./Chaska HS) scored the first 10 points of his bout with Kody Van Den Eykel at 197 and nearly claimed a technical fall, but settled for a 17-3 major decision win. He had two four-point near-falls, two takedowns and a reversal in the victory.
Heavyweight Ethan Hofacker (SO, Spring Valley, Wis./Spring Valley HS) scored his second major decision win of the year, a 9-0 triumph over Bryce Kallenbach. He scored a takedown and four-point near-fall in the first period to build a convincing advantage.
No. 5-ranked 133-pounder Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) improved to 22-2 on the season with a 9-3 win over Aaron Dick, using three takedowns, two escapes and a riding-time point to earn the victory.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Augsburg has now won four dual meets in a row over Concordia-Moorhead.
- Against fellow Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools, Augsburg is now 208-7 since the 1975-76 season.
- Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 324-50-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 46 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season
- Against strictly NCAA Division III opponents, Augsburg is now 314-49-1 since the 1979-80 season. Since the 1989-90 season, Augsburg is 239-39-1 against Division III opponents.
FOR THE FOES
- Joseph Heinz scored Concordia’s first victory of the evening, a 10-7 decision over Augsburg’s Brady McFarland (JR, Windlake, Wis.) at 165 pounds.
- Jake Johnson claimed a 9-6 upset win over Augsburg’s Tanner Vassar (SO, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS), the No. 6-ranked 174-pounder nationally.
Augsburg hosts Wisconsin-Eau Claire in a dual meet on Sunday (1/21) at 3 p.m. at Si Melby Hall. The Auggies will be hosting a “Reunion of 8s,” welcoming back Auggie teams that won MIAC titles in 1968, 1978, 1988, 1993 and 1998. The 1993 and 1998 Auggies also won two of the program’s 12 NCAA Division III national championship titles.
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 — Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minn.
Time of match: 1:20
Action begins at 125 pounds.
No. 1 Augsburg (10-1) 21, Concordia-Moorhead (3-9) 6
125 — No. 10 Victor Gliva (AUG, 19-3) tech. fall Jake Nohre (CC) 15-0 at 7:00 (Augsburg 5-0).
133 — No. 5 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 22-2) dec. Aaron Dick (CC) 9-3 (Augsburg 8-0).
141 — No. 7 David Flynn (AUG, 10-3) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 14-0).
149 — No. 5 Alex Wilson (AUG, 19-3) maj. dec. Ty Jonson (CC) 8-0 (Augsburg 18-0).
157 — No. 4 Ryan Epps (AUG, 22-1) pinned Keaton Long (CC) 0:47 (Augsburg 24-0).
165 — Joseph Heinz (CC) dec. Brady McFarland (AUG, 20-8) 10-7 (Augsburg 24-3).
174 — Jake Johnson (CC) dec. No. 6 Tanner Vassar (AUG, 22-5) 9-6 (Augsburg 24-6).
184 — No. 10 Sebastian Larson (AUG, 18-5) maj. dec. Nick Gravdahl (CC) 10-2 (Augsburg 28-6).
197 — Jonny Zarnke (AUG, 11-15) maj. dec. Kody Van Den Eykel (CC) 17-3 (Augsburg 32-6)
HWT — Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 6-15) maj. dec. Bryce Kallenbach (CC) 9-0 (Augsburg 36-6).
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