Wartburg 23, Augsburg 9

WAVERLY, Iowa — The Augsburg College wrestling team kept the annual “Battle of the Burgs” close early, but top-ranked Wartburg College pulled away for a 23-9 victory in the dual meet on Thursday evening at Wartburg’s Levick Arena.

Augsburg (5-5 overall), ranked No. 7 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, held a 6-3 lead over No. 1-ranked Wartburg (16-0) through the first three bouts of the dual meet, but the Knights won six straight bouts to claim the victory.

Augsburg AuggiesAugsburg’s top-ranked heavyweight Chad Johnson (SR, Ferryville, Wis./De Soto HS), the two-time defending NCAA Division III national champion, claimed a 5-4 win over Wartburg’s Ryan Fank in the final bout of the evening. With the victory, Johnson improves to 20-1 on the season and is now 125-14 in his Augsburg career. A three-time All-American, Johnson has not suffered a loss to a Division III opponent since his first season at Augsburg, and is now 93-3 since the beginning of his sophomore season.

Marcus Hamer (FY, Kimball, Minn.) picked up one of the biggest wins of his young collegiate career, scoring a 9-5 triumph over Wartburg’s No. 7-ranked Connor Camp at 141 pounds. Hamer is now 18-8 on the season. Chad Bartschenfeld (JR, Amery, Wis.) also scored a big early win for the Auggies, with a 5-3 victory over Braxton Chiccelly at 125. Bartschenfeld is now 14-12 on the year.

Wartburg claimed wins in two of the three meetings of ranked wrestlers on the evening. At 125, No. 2-ranked Gilberto Camacho scored a 5-2 win over Augsburg’s No. 4-ranked Mike Fuenffinger (JR, Hibbing, Minn.), and at 197, No. 6-ranked Puna Soriano claimed a 10-4 triumph over Augsburg’s No. 1-ranked Matt Hechsel (JR, Apple Valley, Minn.).

Augsburg competes at a pair of events on Saturday (2/8). The varsity will compete at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open at 9 a.m., while the White Team (junior varsity) will compete at the Winona State Team Invitational.

Feb. 6, 2014 — Waverly, Iowa — Official: Kevin Tann

No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa, 16-0) 23, No. 7 Augsburg (5-5) 9
125 — No. 2 Gilberto Camacho (WAR, 10-1) dec. No. 4 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 20-3) 5-2 (Wartburg 3-0)
133 — Chad Bartschenfeld (AUG, 14-12) dec. Braxton Chiccelly (WAR, 11-10) 5-3 (TIED 3-3)
141 — Marcus Hamer (AUG, 18-8) dec. No. 7 Connor Campo (WAR, 23-7) 9-5 (Augsburg 6-3)
149 — Mark Pinero (WAR, 23-8) dec. Will Keeter (AUG, 17-13) 5-1 (TIED 6-6)
157 — No. 9 Brett Yonkovic (WAR, 27-8) dec. Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 16-14) 8-2 (Wartburg 9-6)
165 — No. 3 Cole Welter (WAR, 24-1) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 16-12) 7-2 (Wartburg 12-6)
174 — No. 1 Landon Williams (WAR, 31-3) tech. fall Tyrell Martin (AUG, 9-9) 16-0 (Wartburg 17-6)
184 — No. 8 Sam Upah (WAR, 15-4) dec. Miles Hammerlund (AUG, 7-12) 6-3 (Wartburg 20-6)
197 — No. 6 Puna Soriano (WAR, 28-5) dec. No. 1 Matt Hechsel (AUG, 23-4) 10-4 (Wartburg 23-6)
HWT — No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 20-1) dec. No. 2 Ryan Fank (WAR, 29-2) 5-4 (Wartburg 23-9)