No. 17 Augustana wrestling powers past MSU-Moorhead
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 17 Augustana College wrestling recorded pins at 133 and 184 pounds and improved to 2-0 in NSIC action in a 35-3 win over MSU-Moorhead (3-4, 0-3 NSIC) on Wednesday night at the Elmen Center. The Vikings are now 13-4 on the season and have won six straight duals.
Augustana won nine of the 10 bouts on the night, including the two pins. Augustana also benefitted from major decisions at 141 and 197 pounds.
Top-ranked TJ North gave the Vikings an early 3-0 lead over the Dragons winning a 10-3 decision over Shane Novak at 125 pounds. North nearly gave the Vikings a 4-0 lead but Novak was able to get an escape with just two seconds left in the third period to avoid the major decision.
After trailing for much of the first period and into the second, Morgan Engbrecht got a takedown near the end of the second period to take a 5-4 lead into the period of the 133-pound bout. Engbrecht continued to put on the pressure and eventually pinned MSUM’s Blake Bosch in 6:34 to give the Vikings a 9-0 lead in the dual.
Fourth-ranked Jeremiah Peterson extended Augustana’s lead to 13-0 after winning a 9-1 major decision over Philippe Walker. Peterson grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first period and never let it go, extending his lead to 9-0 after a late escape and a takedown to get the major decision after Walker gained one point for riding time.
Augustana extended its lead to 16-0 after Jacob Anderson won an 8-3 decision over Isaac Novace in the 149-pound bout. Bradyn Neises (157 pounds) was the next Viking to pick up a victory, winning a 5-3 decision over Garret Hoffner to push the lead to 19-0 at the midway point of the dual.
Parker Swanson (165 pounds) won his 14th match of the season earning a 6-1 decision over Dan Murakami pushing the Augustana lead to 22-0. The Dragons got on the board in the 174-pound bout when Michael Joseph won a 5-2 decision over Logan Henning to make the score 22-3.
The Vikings answered quickly in the 184-pound match when Aero Amo pinned Shawn Porter in 25 seconds to push Augustana’s lead to 28-3.
Fifth-ranked Jayd Docken went to work in the 197-pound bout, sealing the victory with four takedowns in the third period, earning a 14-3 major decision over Chris Bascon making the score 32-3 after nine bouts.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period in the 285-pound bout, Michael Lowman stormed back to earn a 3-1 victory to make the final score 35-3 in favor of the Vikings.
MSUM is off until Jan. 30 when it faces Simon Fraser in a nonconference dual in San Francisco, Calif.
Augustana returns to NSIC action this Saturday, traveling to Marshall, Minn., to take on Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m.
Augustana 35, MSU-Moorhead 3
125: No. 1 TJ North won by decision (10-3) over Shane Novak; AC 3, MSUM 0
133: Morgan Engbrecht pinned Blake Bosch in 6:34; AC 9, MSUM 0
141: No. 4 Jeremiah Peterson won by major decision (9-1) over Philippe Walker; AC 13, MSUM 0
149: Jacob Anderson won by decision (8-3) over Isaac Novacek; AC 16, MSUM 0
157: Bradyn Neises won by decision (5-3) over Garret Hoffner; AC 19, MSUM 0
165: Parker Swanson won by decision (6-1) over Dan Murakami; AC 22, MSUM 0
174: Michael Joseph won by decision (5-2) over Logan Henning: AC 22, MSUM 3
184: Aero Amo pinned Shawn Porter in 0:25; AC 28, MSUM 3
197: Jayd Docken won by major decision (14-3) over Chris Bascon; AC 32, MSUM 3
285: Michael Lowman won by decision (3-1) over Nader Abdullatif; AC 35, MSUM 3