Augsburg 24, Concordia 12; Augsburg 31, St. Olaf 16

MINNEAPOLIS — Top-ranked heavyweight Chad Johnson (JR, Ferryville, Wis./De Soto HS) led the Auggies with two pins and a major decision as the Augsburg College wrestling team went 2-1 at the Minnesota Duals, held on Saturday at Si Melby Hall.

The No. 7-ranked team in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, Augsburg (5-4 overall) claimed a 24-12 win over No. 17-ranked Concordia College-Moorhead (5-5), dropped a 23-10 decision to St. John’s University (8-4) and scored a 31-16 win over St. Olaf College (2-5).

Augsburg AuggiesThe defending NCAA Division III national champion at heavyweight, Johnson improved to 23-1 on the year with a pin of Cody Kasprick of Concordia-Moorhead (6:51), a 13-2 major decision over John Scepaniak of St. John’s and a pin of Zachary Gibson of St. Olaf (6:56). Johnson picked up his 18th bonus-point victory of the season — 11 pins and seven major decisions. Johnson is now 91-13 in his Augsburg career.

Tom Kuehn (SO, Fargo, N.D./West Fargo HS) also claimed three wins on the day for the Auggies, recording a fall over Chase Austvold of Concordia (3:50), an 11-4 decision over Evan Guffey of St. John’s and a 17-2 technical fall over Adam Woitalla of St. Olaf. Kuehn improved to 13-10 on the season.

Justin Bowland (JR, Foley, Minn./Foley HS) and Matt Hechsel (SO, Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley HS) each went 2-1 on the day. Bowland moved to 8-12 overall on the season after posting an 8-5 decision over Jake Krogstad of Concordia-Moorhead and a 15-2 major decision over Alexander Evan of St. Olaf, while falling 10-2 to Nick Schuler of St. John’s. Hechsel improved to 20-7 on the season, posting an important 5-0 decision over Nathan Schmitz of Concordia and a 15-3 major decision over Ryan Williamson of St. Olaf, while falling 5-2 in a hard-fought decision to Ryan Michaelis of St. John’s.

Roarke Langer (FY, Ellsworth, Wis.) and Noel Sweeney (JR, Grand Rapids, Minn.) claimed pins for the Auggies in the win over St. Olaf.

Augsburg returns to action on Thursday (1/31) at 7 p.m., hosting Wartburg College (Iowa) in the annual “Battle of the Burgs” dual meet at Si Melby Hall.


No. 7 Augsburg (4-3) 24, No. 17 Concordia-Moorhead (5-5) 12
125 —
 No. 6 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 20-2) dec. Will McCarthy (CC, 9-8) 12-5 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 — 
Jacoby Bergeron (CC, 7-1) dec. Tossaporn “Boyd” Suparat (AUG, 17-7) 6-4 (TIED 3-3)
141 —
 Tom Kuehn (AUG, 11-10) pinned Chase Austvold (CC, 14-12) 3:50 (Augsburg 9-3)
149 —
 Jake Long (CC, 11-7) dec. Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 11-10) 10-5 (Augsburg 9-6)
157 —
 Kevin Fynboh (CC, 14-8) dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 9-12) 8-5 (TIED 9-9)
165 —
 Justin Bowland (AUG, 7-11) dec. Jake Krogstad (CC, 15-9) 8-5 (Augsburg 12-9)
174 —
 Josh Kohler (AUG, 18-6) dec. Sebastian Gardner (CC, 7-5) 2-1 (OT-TB2) (Augsburg 15-9)
184 — 
Chris Harrison (CC, 12-12) dec. Noel Sweeney (AUG, 1-3) 8-3 (Augsburg 15-12)
197 —
 Matt Hechsel (AUG, 19-6) dec. Nathan Schmitz (CC, 5-2) 5-0 (Augsburg 18-12)
HWT — 
No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 21-1) pinned Cody Kasprick (CC, 11-10) 6:51 (Augsburg 24-12)

St. John’s (8-4) 23, No. 7 Augsburg (4-4) 10
125
 — John Wells (SJU, 7-4) dec. No. 6 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 20-3) 9-7 (St. John’s 3-0)
133
 — Alex Peck (SJU, 5-3) dec. Tossaporn “Boyd” Suparat (AUG, 17-8) 6-5 (St. John’s 6-0)
141
 — Tom Kuehn (AUG, 12-10) dec. Evan Guffey (SJU, 6-5) 11-4 (St. John’s 6-3)
149
 — Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 12-10) dec. Cody Goldschmidt (SJU, 3-8) 6-1 (TIED 6-6)
157
 — Chris Stevermer (SJU, 10-3) dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 9-13) 3-2 (St. John’s 9-6)
165
 — Nick Schuler (SJU, 10-1) maj. dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 7-12) 10-2 (St. John’s 13-6)
174
 — Josh Willaert (SJU, 12-2) dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 18-7) 4-1 (OT-TB2) (St. John’s 16-6)
184
 — No. 4 Mitch Hagen (SJU, 8-4) maj. dec. Noel Sweeney (AUG, 1-4) 12-4 (St. John’s 20-6)
197 
— Ryan Michaelis (SJU, 7-2) dec. Matt Hechsel (AUG, 19-7) 5-2 (St. John’s 23-6)
HWT
 — No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 22-1) maj. dec. John Scepaniak (SJU, 4-5) 13-2 (St. John’s 23-10)

No. 7 Augsburg (5-4) 31, St. Olaf (2-5) 16
125
 – Wesley Azariah (STO, 11-9) dec. Chad Bartschenfeld (AUG, 11-9) 5-3 (St. Olaf 3-0)
133
 – Roarke Langer (AUG, 15-8) pinned Nichola Chrisner (STO, 0-11) 0:36 (Augsburg 6-3)
141
 — Tom Kuehn (AUG, 13-10) tech. fall Adam Woitalla (STO, 5-11) 17-2 at 7:00 (Augsburg 11-3)
149
 — Carl Elmer (STO, 8-5) dec. Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 12-11) 10-7 (Augsburg 11-6)
157
 — Jacob Bohler (STO, 15-4) pinned Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 9-14) 1:29 (St. Olaf 12-11)
165
 — Justin Bowland (AUG, 8-12) maj. dec. Alexander Evan (STO, 5-8) 15-2 (Augsburg 15-12)
174
 — James Roach (STO, 20-8) maj. dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 18-8) 14-5 (St. Olaf 16-15)
184
 — Noel Sweeney (AUG, 2-4) pinned Mike Spellman (STO, 2-7) 3:27 (Augsburg 21-16)
197
 — Matt Hechsel (AUG, 20-7) maj. dec. Ryan Williamson (STO, 4-11) 15-3 (Augsburg 25-16)
HWT
 — No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 23-1) pinned Zachary Gibson (STO, 15-8) 6:56 (Augsburg 31-16)

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