Augsburg 31 MSU-Moorhead 12

Auggies win 6 of 10, top MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Scoring wins in six of 10 bouts, the top-ranked Augsburg College wrestling team claimed a 31-12 triumph over Minnesota State University Moorhead in a dual meet on Wednesday evening at MSUM’s Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Augsburg (1-1 in dual meets), the defending NCAA Division III national champions and top-ranked team in the latest national poll, used three pins and one major decision to score the convincing victory over Division II MSU Moorhead (0-2).

Augsburg leads the all-time series against MSU Moorhead 14-0, a series dating to the 1991-92 season. Since 1989-90, the Auggies are now 251-22 against opponents from Divisions II and III, losing just 17 matches to non-Division I teams since the 1995-96 campaign.

Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West), the defending 149-pound national runner-up and current No. 2-ranked 149-pounder nationally, improved to 9-0 on the season with a third-period pin of Connor MacGregor.

At 197 pounds, Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) claimed a 1:23 pin of MSUM’s Brian Woelfel to improve to 8-2 on the year, while Brandon Bahr (JR, Bemidji, Minn.) scored a 2:35 pin of Kody Kalkbrenner at 184 pounds.

“We performed well tonight as a team,” said Augsburg head coach Mark Matzek. “We were lead by our upperclassmen, who kept their momentum going from this past weekend. Tony Valek, Brad Baus, Brandon Bahr all ended their matches with falls.”

Augsburg’s Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) improved to 7-1 on the season with a 12-3, major-decision win at 141, and Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) scored a 6-1 win at 157.

“Cody Hansen wrestled a great match versus a very tough opponent and not only won, but dominated the entire match,” Matzek said. “Jon Priess is starting to get back into the swing of competition after a 5 year stint in the Army Rangers.”

Evan Forde (133), Jacob Bennett (165), Trent Sovde (174) and Jon Swart (HWT) all claimed decision victories for the Dragons.

“The effort was there throughout the entire squad,” Matzek said. “We still must make some adjustments and continue to improve, to be where we want to be at the NWCA National Duals.”

Augsburg returns to action with a pair of meets on Saturday (12/11) at 9 a.m., with the Augsburg varsity competing at the St. Cloud State Open, and the Auggie White Team (junior varsity) competing at the Wartburg (Iowa) Dick Walker Invitational.

No. 1 (D-III) Augsburg 31, Minnesota State Moorhead 12
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, Moorhead, Minn.
Action starts at 141 pounds.

141 — Cody Hansen (AUG, 6-1) maj. dec. Brady Schneeberger (MSUM, 5-6) 12-3 (Augsburg 4-0)
149 — No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 9-0) pinned Connor MacGregor (MSUM, 5-6) 6:10 (Augsburg 10-0)
157 — Jon Priess (AUG, 3-5) dec. Tyler Steinwand (MSUM, 4-6) 6-1 (Augsburg 13-0)
165 — Jacob Bennett (MSUM, 10-8) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 4-4) 7-4 (Augsburg 13-3)
174 — Trent Sovde (MSUM, 9-3) dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 5-4) 3-1 (Augsburg 13-6)
184 — Brandon Bahr (AUG, 5-4) pinned Kody Kalkbrenner (MSUM, 5-4) 2:35 (Augsburg 19-6)
197 — Brad Baus (AUG, 8-2) pinned Brian Woelfel (MSUM, 3-5) 1:23 (Augsburg 25-6)
HWT — Jon Swart (MSUM, 6-5) dec. Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 7-2) 2-1 (Augsburg 25-9)
125 — No. 2 Josh Roberts (AUG, 7-3) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 31-9)
133 — Evan Forde (MSUM, 6-6) dec. Cody Madsen (AUG, 4-4) 6-1 (Augsburg 31-12)

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