HERSHEY, Pa. — With six All-Americans, including three remaining in national title contention, the Augsburg College wrestling team stands in second place by just 1.5 points after the first day of competition at the NCAA Division III National Championships at the Giant Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Augsburg has 56.5 points after the first day of competition to stand in second place, just a point-and-a-half behind perennial rival Wartburg (Iowa), which leads with 58.0 points. Wisconsin-Whitewater is in third place with 41.0 points.
- Augsburg’s six All-Americans are its most since the Auggies’ 2010 national title team, which had eight. Augsburg wrestlers have now earned 228 All-American honors in program history, including 192 in NCAA Division III competition (since 1983). Augsburg also earned 36 All-American honors in NAIA wrestling (1968-83).
- Defending 125-pound national champion Mike Fuenffinger (SR, Hibbing, Minn.) became the 41st Augsburg wrestler to earn three or more All-American honors, as he scored three victories on Friday to earn his third All-American honor.
- Fuenffinger claimed two wins in the opening session on Friday, then dominated in a 10-3 win over Cole Ferguson of Wisconsin-Platteville, recording four takedowns and 2:24 riding time. Fuenffinger is now 32-1 on the season, extending his winning streak to 29 straight matches.
- Heavyweight Donny Longendyke (SR, Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) was equally as dominant as Fuenffinger on Friday, winning three matches — a major decision, pin and a 17-2 technical fall of Conner Herman of Luther (Iowa) in the quarterfinals. Longendyke used four takedowns, a reversal, near-fall and 3:24 of riding time to control his quarterfinal bout from start to finish.
- Longendyke is now 42-2 on the season, including a 30-0 NCAA record. He now has 33 bonus-point wins (22 pins, three technical falls, eight major decisions), and has won 34 matches in a row. A transfer from Division I Nebraska, Longendyke earned his first Division III All-American honor.
- Chad Bartschenfeld (SR, Amery, Wis.) earned his first All-American honor in his second trip to the national tournament, winning both his matches on the day to improve to 29-11 overall.
- In the quarterfinals, unseeded Bartschenfeld claimed a 4-0 win over No. 2-seed Alex Gomez of Ithaca (N.Y.), riding Gomez through the entire second period, then scoring an escape and takedown in the third period.
- After winning his opening match on Friday, 197-pounder Matt Hechsel (SR, Apple Valley, Minn.) suffered a 6-0 loss to top-seed Eric Twohey of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the quarterfinals, but rallied back with a dominating effort in a 15-2, major-decision win over Hunter Ayen of Springfield (Mass.) to earn All-American honors for the second time in his career.
- Hechsel used two takedowns and three near-falls, building 2:59 riding time, to score the win over Ayen, improving to 29-10 on the season. He now has 19 bonus-point victories on the year (10 pins, two technical falls, seven major decisions).
- After an opening-round loss, 165-pounder Eric Hensel (JR, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS) claimed a pair of first-period pins in the wrestlebacks to earn his first All-American honor of his career. Unseeded Hensel scored a 22-second pin of Stephen Aiello of Wheaton (Ill.), then claimed a 1:01 pin of No. 8-seed Nick Velez of Ithaca (N.Y.).
- Hensel, now 20-13 on the season, has now recorded 12 pins this season, including five in his last six matches.
- At 149, Will Keeter (SR, Twin Falls, Idaho) also rallied from an opening-round defeat with two victories to claim his second All-American honor of his career. Tied 1-1 with Nathan Segal of North Central (Ill.) after regulation time and a scoreless sudden-victory overtime session, Keeter rode out Segal in a 30-second tiebreaker, then gained an penalty point and escape in the next 30-second tiebreaker to claim a 3-1 victory.
- In his second wrestleback match, unseeded Keeter built a 5-2 lead with a three-point near-fall and takedown in the second period, then claimed an escape and 1:05 riding time in the third period, to score a 7-2 win over No. 6-seed Mark Savenok of Wheaton (Ill.) to improve to 32-12 on the year.
- Four Auggies saw their seasons end in the wrestlebacks. In the morning session, 157-pounder Gable Frandsen (FY, Ellsworth, Wis.) ended his season at 18-14 with two losses.
- At 174, Tyrell Martin (SR, Eagan, Minn./Henry Sibley HS) won and lost a match in the opening round on Friday. He scored a 2:46 pin of Ryan Sblendorio of Wesleyan (Conn.) in his first wrestleback match, but dropped an 8-3 decision to Garrett Chase of Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio). Martin ended his senior season at Augsburg at 20-6. In two seasons at Augsburg, he was 37-20, and including his first two years at Ridgewater Community College, he was 71-47.
- At 184, Tommy Teigen (SR, Ham Lake, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian HS) went 1-1 in the opening session, but suffered an 8-5 loss to Daniel Olsen of Wheaton (Ill.) in the evening session. A three-time national tournament qualifier, he was 27-11 in his senior season and finished his Auggie career at 90-49.
- Marcus Hamer (SO, Kimball, Minn.) also suffered two losses on Friday, including 8-4 loss to Michael Ferinde of Johnson and Wales (R.I.) in the evening session, to end his second national tournament appearance as an Auggie. He finished his sophomore season at 28-20, and is 52-35 in his Auggie career.
Top 10 Team Scores after Friday’s action: 1. Wartburg (Iowa) 58.0; 2. Augsburg (Minn.) 56.5; 3. Wisconsin-Whitewater 41.0; 4. Wabash (Ind.) 36.5; 5. Delaware Valley (Pa.) 29.5; 6. Wisconsin-La Crosse 28.5; 7. Luther (Iowa) 26.0; 8. Coe (Iowa) 25.0; 9. Messiah (Pa.) 24.5; 10. Wilkes (Pa.) 21.5. Other Minnesota schools: 48t. St. Olaf 1.0; 55t. Saint John’s 0.0.
Friday’s results from Minnesota college wrestlers:
125 — Mike Fuenffinger (Augsburg) maj. dec. Devan Richter (Chicago) 8-0; Fuenffinger dec. Brian Amato (WPI) 6-2; Guesseppe Rea (Wilkes) dec. Jakob Stageberg (Concordia-Moorhead) 6-2; Fuenffinger dec. Cole Ferguson (Wis.-Platteville) 10-3; Stageberg dec. Asher Kramer (Brockport State) 4-3; Paul Bewak (Johns Hopkins) dec. Stageberg 4-3 (Stageberg eliminated).
133 — Chad Bartschenfeld (Augsburg) dec. Ryan Flynn (York) 3-2; Connor Campo (Wartburg) maj. dec. Gabe Foltz (Concordia-Moorhead) 9-1; Bartschenfeld dec. Alex Gomez (Ithaca) 4-0; Jacob Spearman (Washington & Jefferson) dec. Foltz 11-5 (Foltz eliminated).
141 — Jacoby Bergeron (Concordia-Moorhead) pinned Adrian Berry (SUNY-Cortland) 7:26; Drew Van Anrooy (Luther) dec. Marcus Hamer (Augsburg) 7-2; Bergeron dec. Bryant Roby (Mount Union) 2-1 (OT-TB1); Brandon Jones (New York Univ.) dec. Ben Henle (Saint John’s) 4-3; Michael Ferinde (Johnson & Wales) dec. Hamer 8-4 (Hamer eliminated); Nick Steger (Loras) dec. Bergeron 2-1; Layten Binion (North Central-Ill.) dec. Bergeron 9-7 (OT-SV1) (Bergeron eliminated); Binion pinned Henle 4:50 (Henle eliminated).
149 — Luke Lohr (Waynesburg) dec. Will Keeter (Augsburg) 6-3; Brad Mayville (RIT) maj. dec. Jake Kostik (Concordia-Moorhead) 13-3; Keeter dec. Nathan Segal (North Central-Ill.) 3-1 (OT-TB1); Kostik dec. Daniel Del Gallo (Southern Maine) 9-8; Keeter dec. Mark Savenok (Wheaton-Ill.) 7-2; Elroy Perkin (Wis.-Whitewater) tech. fall Kostik 18-2 at 6:02 (Kostik eliminated).
157 — Kevin Collins (Ithaca) maj. dec. Gable Frandsen (Augsburg) 9-1; Richie Jasinski (Ursinus) dec. Ben Cousins (Concordia-Moorhead) 4-0; Carl Elmer (St. Olaf) dec. Michael Polizzi (Stevens Tech) 10-8; Nick Carr (Washington & Jefferson) maj. dec. Elmer 13-5; Jon Garrison (Mount Union) dec. Frandsen 6-0 (Frandsen eliminated); Antonio Mancella (College of New Jersey) dec. Cousins 10-7(Cousins eliminated); Kevin Collins (Ithaca) dec. Elmer 7-3 (Elmer eliminated).
165 — Farai Sewera (Coe) dec. Eric Hensel (Augsburg) 17-12; Jake Krogstad (Concordia-Moorhead) dec. Francisco Colom (Roger Williams) 4-2; Hensel pinned Stephen Aiello (Wheaton-Ill.) 0:22; Tyler Schneider (Wis.-La Crosse) dec. Krogstad 7-0; Hensel pinned Nick Velez (Ithaca) 1:01; Ethan Farmer (Wabash) dec. Krogstad 10-8 (Krogstad eliminated).
174 — Tyrell Martin (Augsburg) maj. dec. Dan Ressler (Roger Williams) 12-4; Sebastian Gardner (Concordia-Moorhead) dec. Brandon Welter (Wartburg) 2-1 (OT-TB1); Josh Thomson (Messiah) maj. dec. Martin 10-2; Gardner dec. Joshua Sibblies (Centenary-N.J.) 3-2 (OT-TB2); Martin pinned Ryan Sblendorio (Wesleyan) 2:46; Garrett Chase (Baldwin-Wallace) dec. Martin 8-3 (Martin eliminated).
184 — Devin Peterson (Wartburg) dec. Tommy Teigen (Augsburg) 13-6; Teigen tech. fall Michael Cole (Wis.-Platteville) 17-2 at 7:00; Daniel Olson (Wheaton-Ill.) dec. Teigen 8-5 (Teigen eliminated).
197 — Matt Hechsel (Augsburg) maj. dec. Todd Gaydosh (John Carroll) 10-0; Eric Twohey (Wis.-La Crosse) tech. fall Danny Pike (Concordia-Moorhead) 17-2 at 6:33; Joe Giaramita (SUNY-Cortland) dec. Ryan Michaelis (Saint John’s) 7-5; Eric Twohey (Wis.-La Crosse) dec. Hechsel 6-0; Gaydosh dec. Pike 11-9 (Pike eliminated); Johnathan Secor (Lycoming) dec. Michaelis 4-2 (Michaelis eliminated); Hechsel maj. dec. Hunter Ayen (Springfield) 15-2.
HWT — Donny Longendyke (Augsburg) maj. dec. Chris Florek (Stevens Tech) 12-1; Longendyke pinned Jack Seaman (Augustana-Ill.) 2:20; Cody Lovejoy (Ohio Northern) pinned Justice Davis (Concordia-Moorhead) 6:50; Longendyke tech. fall Conner Herman (Luther) 17-2 at 7:00; Cole Tristram (Brockport State) inj. default Davis 4:50 (Davis eliminated).
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