Auggies claim 24-13 win over UWSP
MINNEAPOLIS — Claiming wins in six of 10 bouts, the Augsburg College wrestling team scored a 24-13 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in a dual meet on Friday evening at Si Melby Hall.
The Auggies, ranked no. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, collected a pin, technical fall and major decision en route to the victory, finishing the dual-meet portion of the season at 10-3. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, ranked No. 26 nationally, is 7-15 in dual meets this season.
Boyd Suparat (JR, North Branch, Minn.) claimed a pin for the Auggies at 133 pounds, a 5:00 victory over Joe Mileski (SR, Gladstone, Mich.), improving to 17-9 on the season. Augsburg 125-pounder Mike Fuenffinger (FY, Hibbing, Minn.) pulled away from Jordan Poirier (SO, Bloomer, Wis.), outscoring Poirier 8-1 to score a 12-3, major-decision victory.
Tony Valek (SR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West), the top-ranked wrestler nationally at 149, improved to 25-0 on the season with an 18-1, technical-fall victory over Jamey Simmons (FY, Abbotsford, Wis.). Of his 25 victories this season, 22 are bonus-point wins (11 pins, two technical falls, nine major decisions). Valek claimed two takedowns, five near-falls and a reversal, building 4:00 of riding time en route to the win.
No. 1-ranked heavyweight Chad Johnson (SO, Ferryville, Wis./DeSoto HS) improved to 28-1 on the season with his 17th straight victory, an 8-3 triumph over Matt Cuadra (JR, Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West HS). Brad Baus (SR, Mukwonago, Wis.), ranked No. 6 nationally at 197, collected a third-period takedown to rally for a 3-2 victory over Dustin Wozniak (SO, Stanley, Wis./Stanley-Boyd HS).
Augsburg 174-pounder Josh Kohler (SR, Monticello, Minn.) scored a takedown in the second sudden-victory overtime period to claim a 4-2 victory over Ryan Conat (JR, New London, Wis.).
Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Jordan Kust (JR, Clintonville, Wis.) rallied from a 4-2, first-period deficit to claim a 7-5 win in the second sudden-victory overtime period over Augsburg No. 5-ranked 141-pounder Will Keeter (SO, Twin Falls, Idaho).
The Pointers’ other victories came at 157, as Ben Strobel (JR, Neenah, Wis.) claimed a 10-2, major-decision win over Nathan Lexvold (SR, Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS); at 165, as Jordan Schulte (JR, Mosinee, Wis.) scored a 2-1 win over Tommy Teigen (SO, Ham Lake, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian HS); and at 184, as Andy Borchardt (FY, Edgar, Wis.) claimed a 7-3 win overMatt Hechsel (FY, Apple Valley, Minn.).
Augsburg returns to action next Saturday (2/25) at 9 a.m., hosting the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional at Si Melby Hall. Wisconsin-Stevens Point returns to action this Saturday (2/18) at 12 p.m., with a dual meet at Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
No. 4 Augsburg (Minn., 10-3) 24, No. 26 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (7-15) 13
Action begins at 125 pounds. Attendance: 293.
Official: Bryan Kelvington.
125 – Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 11-6) maj. dec. Jordan Poirier (UWSP, 9-14) 12-3 (Augsburg 4-0)
133 – Boyd Suparat (AUG, 17-9) pinned Joe Mileski (UWSP, 18-10) 5:00 (Augsburg 10-0)
141 – Jordan Kust (UWSP, 19-10) dec. No. 5 Will Keeter (AUG, 24-6) 7-5 (OT-SV2) (Augsburg 10-3)
149 – No. 1 Tony Valek (AUG, 25-0) tech. fall Jamey Simmons (UWSP, 0-3) 18-1 at 7:00 (Augsburg 15-3)
157 – Ben Strobel (UWSP, 23-10) maj. dec. Nathan Lexvold (AUG, 6-4) 10-2 (Augsburg 15-7)
165 – Jordan Schulte (UWSP, 7-10) dec. Tommy Teigen (AUG, 13-9) 2-1 (Augsburg 15-10)
174 – Josh Kohler (AUG, 26-15) dec. Ryan Conat (UWSP, 15-9) 4-2 (OT-SV2) (Augsburg 18-10)
184 – Andy Borchardt (UWSP, 13-21) dec. Matt Hechsel (AUG, 18-17) 7-3 (Augsburg 18-13)
197 – No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 23-9) dec. Dustin Wozniak (UWSP, 17-8) 3-2 (Augsburg 21-13)
HWT – No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 28-1) dec. Matt Cuadra (UWSP, 12-12) 8-3 (Augsburg 24-13)