Augsburg 34, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3

Augsburg improves to 11-1, topple Blugolds 34-3

MINNEAPOLIS — The top-ranked Augsburg University wrestling team claimed wins in nine of 10 bouts in a 34-3 triumph over the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg, the top-ranked team in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, won the first nine bouts to take a 34-0 lead into the heavyweight battle. The Auggies claimed four of its first five wins by bonus-point margins, with a forfeit, technical fall and two major decisions.

No. 5-ranked 133-pounder Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) dominated from start to finish in an 18-2 technical fall win over Cody Vogel. He built an 8-0 lead after two periods with two takedowns and a two-point near-fall, then collected three takedowns and a four-point near-fall in the third period to close the match 45 seconds early. Bennyhoff is now 23-2 on the season with 17 bonus-point wins (eight pins, five technical falls, four major decisions). Continue reading

South Dakota State 22, Northern Iowa 16

Connor Brown and Seth Gross opened the dual with consecutive pins, leading 15th-ranked South Dakota State to a 22-16 victory over 11th-ranked Northern Iowa in a college wrestling dual Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits, who won their ninth dual in a row, improved to 9-2 overall and 4-0 against Big 12 Conference opponents. UNI dropped to 5-3 overall and 2-1 against league foes. SDSU ended a 21-dual losing streak to the Panthers, which began in the 1973-74 season.

A freshman from Oak Grove, Missouri, Brown trailed 6-0 late in the first period against 18th-ranked Jay Schwarm on a takedown and four-point near-fall. However, Brown was able to wriggle out of a potential pinning situation and knotted the match at 8 late in the period with a pair of reversals and four-point near-fall of his own. Continue reading

Michigan 30, Minnesota 7

The University of Minnesota wrestling team suffered their first home loss of the 2017-18 season against No. 8 Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

The Gophers picked up two victories during the dual. No. 10 Nick Wanzek defeated No. 5 Logan Massa by decision at 165 and then No. 10 Tommy Thorn picked up a victory at 141.

“Losing the close ones can be a little frustrating,” head coach Brandon Eggum said after the dual. “We had opportunities today and couldn’t come up big in some close matches that we feel we could of won today. We know losing this dual isn’t what we wanted, but we know when March comes around we will be using these moments to become better.” Continue reading

High School Milestones – Saturday, January 20, 2018

  • 200th Win – Kenny O’Neil, Prior Lake, 12th, 170 pounds
  • 125th Pin – Holt Truax, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie, 12th, 182 pounds
  • 150th Win – Cade Lundeen, Thief River Falls, 11th, 126 pounds
  • 125th Win – Jacob Scherber, Buffalo, 12th, 195 pounds
  • 125th Win – Riley Shock, Moorhead, 11th
  • 125th Win – Adam Lanners, Osseo, 12th, 170 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Hunter Ranweiler, New Ulm, 12th, 145 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Cole Ranweiler, New Ulm, 9th, 132 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Craig Orlando, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie, 10th, 285 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Peyton Mortenson, DB-LQPV-Montevideo United, 12th, 160 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Lukas Gilbert, Watertown/Mayer, 12th
  • 100th Win – Hunter Manka, Annandale/Maple Lake, 12th, 145 pounds
  • 100th Win – Braden Ryan, Ogilvie, 12th, 120 pounds
  • 100th Win and 60th Pin – Ryan Nosbush, Mora, 11th, 120 pounds
  • 100th Win – Jaxson Rohman, Fairmont/Martin County West
  • 100th Win – Sam Nordquist, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 12th, 152 pounds
  • 100th Win – Riley Habisch, Buffalo, 11th, 160 pounds
  • 100th Win – Carter Entinger, Watertown/Mayer, 11th Continue reading