MINNEAPOLIS — The Augsburg College wrestling team picked up five pins and two major decisions en route to an impressive 44-9 dual-meet victory over NAIA Waldorf College on Tuesday night at Si Melby Hall. The Auggies, ranked No. 2 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, stormed out to a 38-0 lead and never looked back, winning eight of the 10 bouts, as Augsburg moved to 1-0 overall on the young season, while the Warriors fell to 0-2 overall.
Augsburg’s Mike Fuenffinger (JR, Hibbing, Minn.), ranked No. 2 nationally at 125 pounds, improved to 5-0 on the season with a fall over Bo Bettinson, ranked No. 13 in the NAIA poll at 125, in 4:41. After claiming the title at the Auggie-Brute Open this past weekend, Fuenffinger wrestled a tightly contested first period before he was able to claim the second period pin of Bettinson.
Also claiming a pin for the Auggies was 133-pounder Kirk Anderson (SO, Comstock, Minn./Barnesville HS), who improved to 4-1 on the year with an impressive 1:08 fall over Tyree Mendez. The pin is the first for Anderson in his debut season as an Auggie, after taking a break from wrestling for a four-year military career.
Augsburg’s Marcus Hamer (FY, Kimball, Minn.) kept the pin streak alive for the Auggies, posting a 41-second pin over Dario Gamino as Hamer remained unbeaten on the year, currently boasting a 5-0 record.
At 149 and 165 respectively, Auggies Rashad Kennedy (JR, Inver Frove Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley) and Justin Bowland (SR, Foley, Minn./Foley HS) claimed major-decision wins over their opponents. Kennedy posted an 11-0 victory over Martin Lopez, while Bowland recorded a 10-2 win over D’Monte Aursby.
No. 2-ranked 157-pounder Will Keeter (JR, Twin Falls, Idaho) and No. 10-ranked 174-pounder Tommy Teigen (JR, Ham Lake, Minn./Medow Creek Christian HS) both recorded first period pins over their opponents to stretch the Augsburg team lead to 38-0. With the pins, Keeter remains perfect on the season with a 5-0 record, while Teigen improves to 4-1 on the year.
After seven straight Augsburg wins, the visiting Warriors were able to score victories in two of the last three matches to close out the evening. Jacob Baumann scored an 8-4 win over Miles Hammerlund (FY, Delano, Minn.) at 184 and Ryan DeWitt was able to record the only pin of the evening for the Warriors, claiming a fall over Logan Hortop (FY, Faribault, Minn.), while Augsburg’s Matt Hechsel (JR, Apple Valley, Minn.) received a forfeit at 197.
Augsburg is idle over the Thanksgiving weekend and returns to action on Saturday (12/7) at 9 a.m. when the Auggies travel to Moorhead, Minn. to take part in the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon Open.
No. 2 (Division III) Augsburg College (Minn., 1-0) 44, (NAIA) Waldorf College (Iowa, 0-2) 9
125 – No. 2 Mike Fuenffinger (Augsburg, 5-0) pinned No. 13 Bo Bettinson (Waldorf, 6-4) 4:31 (Augsburg 6-0)
133 – Kirk Anderson (Augsburg, 4-1) pinned Tyree Mendez (Waldorf, 1-5) 1:08 (Augsburg 12-0)
141 – Marcus Hamer (Augsburg, 5-0) pinned Dario Gamino (Waldorf, 3-6) 0:41 (Augsburg 18-0)
149 – Rashad Kennedy (Augsburg, 4-1) maj. dec. Martin Lopez (Waldorf, 3-7) 11-0 (Augsburg 22-0)
157 – No. 2 Will Keeter (Augsburg, 5-0) pinned Bryce Robbins (Waldorf, 1-4 ) 1:10 (Augsburg 28-0)
165 – Justin Bowland (Augsburg, 4-1) maj. dec. D’Monte Aursby (Waldorf, 7-8) 10-2 (Augsburg 32-0)
174 – No. 10 Tommy Teigen (Augsburg, 4-1) pinned James Gomez (Waldorf, 3-8) 1:30 (Augsburg 38-0)
184 – Jacob Baumann (Waldorf, 1-4) dec. Miles Hammerlund (Augsburg, 3-2) 8-4 (Augsburg 38-3)
197 – No. 4 Matt Hechsel (Augsburg, 5-0) won by forfeit (Augsburg 44-3)
Hwt – Ryan DeWitt (Waldorf, 6-7) pinned Logan Hortop (Augsburg, 1-3) 2:20 (Augsburg 44-9)