Lower-Weight Wins Boost Augustana Past SJU
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Augustana (S.D.), ranked fifth nationally in NCAA Division II, jumped out to a 17-0 lead en route to a 23-13 win over No. 9 (Division III) Saint John’s on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Collegeville.
Nationally-ranked wrestlers swept the first four matches for the Vikings (7-1 dual record), including a pin and two major decisions. Jason Jeremiason, ranked second in Division II, escaped Collegeville with a narrow 3-0 win over senior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer), ranked ninth according to D3wrestle.com.
Sophomore Brandon Seppelt (Foley, Minn.) brought the home crowd to its feet with an exciting 3-1 win in the second sudden victory period of overtime over Augustana’s Marcus Edgington, ranked third nationally, at 157 pounds. Seppelt is now 15-6 on the year, including an 8-3 record in matches decided by three points or less. The overtime victory is his third of the season. Edgington is now 17-2 on the season.
Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) collected 5:57 of riding time and shut out his opponent with an 8-0 major decision victory at 165 pounds. He is now 17-6 on the season.
The Vikings’ Carl Serck, ranked fourth nationally, eked out a close 6-4 win over senior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) at 174. Down 3-2 with 10 seconds left in the match, junior Mitch Hagen’s (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) desperation shot turned into a takedown for Jayd Docken in a 5-2 loss at 184 pounds.
Senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), ranked second in Division III, improved to 19-0 on the season with a 7-3 win at 197 pounds.
Sophomore John Scepaniak (Avon, Minn./Holdingford) ended the dual on a winning note for SJU (6-5 dual record) with an 8-4 decision at heavyweight.
The Johnnies return to action in two weeks at the Minnesota Duals, hosted by Augsburg. SJU is scheduled to face Concordia-Moorhead at 10 a.m., followed by duals against St. Olaf (noon) and Augsburg (2 p.m.) at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis.
No. 5 (DII) Augustana, S.D. (AC) 23; No. 9 (DIII) Saint John’s (SJ) 13
125 – Senior Cody Lensing (No. 6, AC) pinned freshman Brian Waldron (SJ), 4:53 [0-6]
133 – Senior Jason Jeremiason (No. 2, AC) dec. senior Chad Henle (No. 9, SJ), 3-0 [0-9]
141 – Senior Chism Fink (No. 5, AC) major dec. sophomore Alex Peck (SJ), 9-1 [0-13]
149 – Junior Nate Herda (No. 1, AC) major dec. freshman Ochirbat Bayanjargal (SJ), 23-9 [0-17]
157 – Sophomore Brandon Seppelt (SJ) dec. senior Marcus Edgington (No. 3, AC), 3-1 (SV2) [3-17]
165 – Junior Nick Schuler (SJ) major dec. redshirt-freshman Parker Swanson (AC), 8-0 [7-17]
174 – Senior Carl Serck (No. 4, AC) dec. senior Matt Pfarr (No. 8/10, SJ), 6-4 [7-20]
184 – Redshirt-freshman Jayd Docken (AC) dec. junior Mitch Hagen (No. 6, SJ), 5-2 [7-23]
197 – Senior Dustin Baxter (No. 2, SJ) dec. sophomore Sean Derry (AC), 7-3 [10-23]
285 – Sophomore John Scepaniak (SJ) dec. sophomore Mike Roberts (AC), 8-4 [13-23]