Vikings lock up 10th straight win over MSU Moorhead on Wednesday night
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Augustana won their 10th consecutive dual against MSU Moorhead with a 25-16 victory on Wednesday night. The Vikings rebounded nicely from a Friday-night loss, winning seven of the 10 bouts to improve to 12-5 on the season, 5-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference duals. The Dragons drop to 6-9 on the year with a 3-4 mark in the NSIC.
Augustana opened the dual in control, winning two bouts before the Dragons drew even on a defensive pin. TJ North showed off his new No. 3 national ranking with a 3-0 decision and Morgan Engbrecht handled his opponent easily with a 9-3 victory to put the Vikings up 6-0.
In just his second bout of the season, Jeremiah Peterson was pinned after holding a 4-1 lead late in the first period, tying the match at 6-6. Peterson was on top trying to turn Connor MacGregor to score back points, but MacGregor held off Peterson’s attempt and pinned the Viking 141-pounder at the 2:40 mark.
Quick to answer, Shawn Hatlestad recorded his fastest pin of the season, taking down MSUM’s Garrett Hoffner just 56 seconds into the 149-pound bout. Adding on and falling just short of a major decision, Bradyn Neises pushed the Viking lead to 15-6 with a 9-2 decision at 157 pounds.
Parker Swanson tallied his third major decision of the season, shutting out Shawn Porter 10-0 to give the Vikings their third consecutive bout win and a 19-6 lead. MSU Moorhead responded with a major decision win at 174 pounds, but the Vikings would quickly assume control again.
Sean Derry kept his dual and Division II record spotless with a four-takedown performance, earning a 10-4 decision to give the Vikings a 22-10 lead. Fifth-ranked Jayd Docken secured the Augustana victory with a 5-2 win, surrendering a late second-period takedown but tallying two of his own and adding riding time to expand the Viking lead to 25-10.
The Vikings would leave the 285-pound class open, handing MSU Moorhead six more points, but the victory was achieved by a 25-16 margin.
MSUM will host Mary at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Nemzek Fieldhouse. It will be Senior Day for MSUM with MacGregor and Matt Lewellen being honored that day.
The Vikings close the regular season with a trip to No. 6 Upper Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 16. The season finale dual is set to begin at 2 p.m. in Fayette, Iowa.
Augustana 25, MSU-Moorhead 16
125 TJ North, AUSD, dec. Blake Bosch, MSM, 3-0
133 Morgan Engbrecht, AUSD, dec. Shane Novak, MSM, 9-3
141 Connor MacGregor, MSM, pinned Jacob Anderson, AUSD, 2:40
149 Shawn Hatlestad, AUSD, pinned Garrett Hoffner, MSM, 0:57
157 Bradyn Neises, AUSD, dec. Daniel Murakami, MSM, 9-2
165 Parker Swanson, AUSD, maj. dec. Shawn Porter, MSM, 10-0
174 Conner Monk, MSM, maj. dec. Thomas Davies, AUSD, 11-2
184 Sean Derry, AUSD, dec. Matthew Lewellen, MSM, 10-4
197 Jayd Docken, AUSD, dec. Tyler Schlosser, MSM, 5-2
285 Gerad Fugleberg, MSM, forf.