Augsburg 18, Wisconsin-La Crosse 16

No. 5 Augsburg scores 18-16 win at No. 4 UW-La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. — In a tight battle between two top-five ranked teams, No. 5-ranked Augsburg College claimed a win in the final bout of the night to rally for an 18-16 win over the No. 4-ranked University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in a wrestling dual meet on Thursday at Mitchell Hall.

In a match where the team lead changed hands five times, the final bout proved to be the difference, as Augsburg 174-pounder Tyrell Martin (SR, Eagan, Minn./Henry Sibley HS) scored a 3-1 win over UW-La Crosse’s Jarret Hoeppner to secure the match win. Martin claimed a second-period reversal, then rode Hoeppner for the entire third period to secure 1:24 of riding time for the bonus point. Martin is now 14-3 on the year.

Augsburg AuggiesAugsburg’s Donny Longendyke (SO, Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake HS), who moved into the No. 3 spot in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association rankings at heavyweight on Wednesday, improved to 34-2 on the season with the lone pin of the evening, a 1:54 triumph over Cody Endres. Longendyke, who has now won 26 straight matches, claimed his 16th pin of the season and 25th bonus-point victory (16 pins, two technical falls, eight major decisions).

Top-ranked Augsburg 125-pounder Mike Fuenffinger (SR, Hibbing, Minn.) improved to 25-1 with a 10-3 win over Ryan Weinmann, using three takedowns, a reversal and 2:03 of riding time to collect the victory. The defending Division III national champion at 125, Fuenffinger has now won 22 matches in a row.

At 133, Augsburg’s No. 10-ranked Chad Bartschenfeld (SR, Amery, Wis.) scored a 5-3 upset of No. 8-ranked Dustin Weinmann. Bartschenfeld, who had two takedowns and 1:52 of riding time, only allowed three Weinmann escapes in the bout. Bartschenfeld is now 23-10 on the year.

Gable Frandsen (FY, Ellsworth, Wis.) claimed one of the most important wins of the evening for the Auggies, with a 3-1 win over Derek Weinmann at 157. Frandsen, now 15-10 on the year, scored a second-period takedown and a third-period escape to notch the win.

In the other meeting of ranked wrestlers on the evening, UW-La Crosse’s Eric Twohey, ranked No. 5 at 197, scored a 5-1 win over Augsburg’s No. 7-ranked Matt Hechsel (SR, Apple Valley, Minn.).

UW-La Crosse’s three other ranked wrestlers all gained wins, as No. 5-ranked 184-pounder Richard Carlson scored an 8-0, major-decision win over Augsburg’s Tommy Teigen (SR, Ham Lake, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian HS), No. 6-ranked 149-pounder Kasey Einerson claimed a 5-3 win over Augsburg’s Will Keeter (SR, Twin Falls, Idaho), and No. 5-ranked 165-pounder Tyler Schneider scored an 11-5 win over Augsburg’s Eric Hensel (JR, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS).

At 141, Cody See of UW-La Crosse edged Augsburg’s Marcus Hamer (SO, Kimball, Minn.) by a 5-3 decision.

Augsburg’s White Team (junior varsity) competes at the Winona State Open this Saturday (2/14) at 9 a.m. Augsburg’s varsity closes its regular season with a dual meet at Wisconsin-Stevens Point next Friday (2/20) at 7 p.m. UW-La Crosse competes at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

RECORDS: Augsburg 11-4 overall, UW-La Crosse 16-5 overall
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Mitchell Hall, La Crosse, Wis.
Action begins at 184 pounds. Attendance: 205.
Official: Curt Frost.

#5 Augsburg 18, #4 Wisconsin-La Crosse 16
184 – No. 5 Richard Carson (UWL, 19-5) maj. dec. Tommy Teigen (AUG, 21-9) 8-0 (UW-La Crosse 4-0)
197 – No. 5 Eric Twohey (UWL, 21-1) dec. No. 7 Matt Hechsel (AUG, 23-9) 5-1 (UW-La Crosse 7-0)
HWT – No. 3 Donny Longendyke (AUG, 34-2) pined Cody Endres (UWL, 18-15) 1:54 (UW-La Crosse 7-6)
125 – No. 1 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 25-1) dec. Ryan Weinmann (UWL, 11-10) 10-3 (Augsburg 9-7)
133 – No. 10 Chad Bartschenfeld (AUG, 23-10) dec. No. 8 Dustin Weinmann (UWL, 17-6) 5-3 (Augsburg 12-7)
141 – Cody See (UWL, 7-6) dec. Marcus Hamer (AUG, 23-17) 5-3 (Augsburg 12-10).
149 – No. 6 Kasey Einerson (UWL, 19-1) dec. Will Keeter (AUG, 27-11) 5-3 (UW-La Crosse 13-12)
157 – Gable Frandsen (AUG, 15-10) dec. Derek Weinmann (UWL, 12-13) 3-1 (Augsburg 15-13)
165 – No. 5 Tyler Schneider (UWL, 13-5) dec. Eric Hensel (AUG, 15-10) 11-5 (UW-La Crosse 16-15)
174 – Tyrell Martin (AUG, 14-3) dec. Jarret Hoeppner (UWL,3-3) 3-1 (Augsburg 18-16)

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