MINNEAPOLIS — With each team claiming wins in five bouts, Augsburg College and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse scored a 17-17 tie in a battle of two of the top teams in NCAA Division III wrestling on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.
Augsburg (7-5-1 overall) is ranked No. 3 in the latest Division III national poll, while Wisconsin-La Crosse (10-3-1) is ranked No. 2. The draw is the first in the all-time series between the teams, which Augsburg now leads 6-2-1.
The teams split the two battles of ranked wrestlers. At 149 pounds, Augsburg’s No. 3-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) took advantage of riding the Eagles’ No. 6-ranked Matt Mauseth (SR, Rochester, Minn./Mayo HS) for the entire second period, then claimed a reversal in the third period to score a 3-0 win. Valek collected 3:46 of riding time to score the win, improving to 25-4 on the season.
At 174, Wisconsin-La Crosse’s top-ranked Mike Schmitz (JR, Stewartville, Minn.) scored a reversal with 19 seconds left in the third period to score a 5-3 win over Augsburg’s No. 2-ranked Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS). Tied at 1-1 in the third period, Schmitz took a 3-1 lead with a takedown with 1:02 left, but Molitor scored a reversal with 49 seconds left to tie the match, before Schmitz was able to get his bout-deciding reversal.
Augsburg collected two major-decisions early in the dual, as No. 2-ranked Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 7-1 with a 10-2 win at 197 pounds, and No. 5-ranked Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Central HS) collected two takedowns, a three-point near-fall and 3:23 of riding time to score a 9-0 win at 125.
But the Eagles also collected major decisions in back-to-back matches, as No. 5-ranked Adam Sheley (SO, Geneseo, Ill.) scored a 12-3 win over Augsburg’s Boyd Suparat (SO, North Branch, Minn.) at 133, and top-ranked Bebeto Yewah (JR, Lansing, Mich./Sexton HS) claimed a 20-7 win over Will Keeter (FY, Twin Falls, Idaho) at 141.
Augsburg’s Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS), ranked No. 5 at 165 pounds, moved down to 157 and scored an 11-4 victory, using four takedowns and 2:02 of riding time to score the win.
In the final bout of the day, Augsburg’s Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.), ranked No. 6 at 184, scored a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Tony Piechowski (FY, Maplewood, Minn./North St. Paul HS).
Wisconsin-La Crosse’s other wins came from heavyweight Billy Mayer (SO, Eden, Wis./Campbellsport, Wis.), who scored a 10-4 decision over Pat Fletcher (JR, Shelton, Neb.); and JR Lewis (SO, Greenfield, Wis.), who edged Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) 2-1 at 165 on a technical-violation point with 34 seconds left in the third period.
Augsburg returns to action next Saturday (2/12) at 9 a.m., competing at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational. Wisconsin-La Crosse also has its next competition against Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with a dual meet on Thursday (2/10) in La Crosse.
No. 3 Augsburg (Minn., 7-5-1) 17, No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse (10-3-1) 17
Sunday, February 6, 2011 – Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Action begins at 197 pounds.
Time of match: 1:55.
Official: Bryan Kelvington.
#3 Augsburg 17, #2 UW-La Crosse 17
197 — No. 2 Jared Massey (AUG, 8-1) maj. dec. Vinnie Pedretti (UWL, 9-6) 10-2 (Augsburg 4-0)
Hwt — No. 9 Billy Mayer (UWL, 15-7) dec. Pat Fletcher (AUG, 14-5) 10-4 (Augsburg 4-3)
125 — No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 17-6) maj. dec. Matt Cole (UWL, 7-13) 9-0 (Augsburg 8-3)
133 — No. 5 Adam Sheley (UWL, 21-4) maj. dec. Boyd Suparat (AUG, 17-11) 12-3 (Augsburg 8-7)
141 — No. 1 Bebeto Yewah (UWL, 21-1) maj. dec. Will Keeter (AUG, 19-15) 20-7 (UW-La Crosse 11-8)
149 — No. 3 Tony Valek (AUG, 25-4) dec. No. 6 Matt Mauseth (UWL, 18-9) 3-0 (TIED 11-11)
157 — No. 5 (165) Orlando Ponce (AUG, 21-5) dec. Brady Schrupp (UWL, 9-3) 11-4 (Augsburg 14-11)
165 — JR Lewis (UWL, 14-9) dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 12-18) 2-1 (TIED 14-14)
174 — No. 1 Mike Schmitz (UWL, 18-5) dec. No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 20-3) 5-3 (UW-La Crosse 17-14)
184 — No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 23-7) dec. Tony Piechowski (UWL, 9-14) 5-0 (TIED 17-17)