Augsburg 26, UW-Stevens Point 24

Augsburg rallies for win over UW-Stevens Point

MINNEAPOLIS — It came down to the final bout of the evening, and the lone senior on the Augsburg College wrestling team delivered on Senior Night, as Rashad Kennedy (SR, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley HS) claimed a technical fall to secure a 26-24, come-from-behind win for the Auggies over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday evening at Si Melby Hall.

Four straight pins opened the match, with the Pointers taking three of them to lead 18-6. But Augsburg won four of the final six bouts, including a forfeit, two technical falls and a major decision, to secure the victory.

Augsburg AuggiesTrailing 24-21 going into the final bout, Kennedy improved to 18-4 with his third technical-fall win of the season, a 16-0, third-period triumph over Steve Collins at 149 pounds. Kennedy used three takedowns and three near-falls to secure the early ending to the bout and five team points for victory in the match.

Grant Parker (JR, Onalaska, Wis.) opened the match with a 2:24 pin of Jaden Boivin at 157 pounds. The pin was his first of the season and his seventh bonus-point win of the season, as Parker improved to 25-10 overall.

No. 1-ranked and defending heavyweight national champion Donny Longendyke (JR, Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) used two takedowns and three four-point near-falls to score a 16-1, third-period technical-fall win over Donny Ralston.

Now 32-2, Longendyke has won 22 straight matches. Of his 32 wins, 24 are bonus-point wins (18 pins, five major decisions, one technical fall). Longendyke is now 76-4 in his Augsburg career and 116-25 in his collegiate career. Of his 116 wins, 87 are bonus-point victories (63 pins, four technical falls, 20 major decisions).

Logan Hortop (JR, Faribault, Minn.) rallied from an 8-3, first-period deficit with three takedowns and two near-falls to score a 19-10, major-decision win over Wyatt Weiler in a wild bout at 197. He also claimed five escapes and built 1:15 riding time to improve to 20-18 on the season.

Both teams had five wins in the match, including a forfeit win for Sam Bennyhoff (FY, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) at 133, improving to 24-5 on the year.

Augsburg now leads the all-time series with the Pointers 21-1, claiming its 19th straight win in the series.

After the opening Auggie pin, the Pointers claimed three straight pins to take its 18-6 lead. Logan Hermsen topped Augsburg’s No. 10-ranked Eric Hensel (JR, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS) in 3:25 at 165, Dan Squires topped Austin Boniface (JR, Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS) in 3:45, and Cody Nielsen topped Sebastian Larson (SO, River Falls, Wis.) in 6:34.

The Pointers’ two ranked wrestlers were limited to decision victories over their Augsburg opponents, as No. 7-ranked 125-pounder Ben Vosters beat James Goman (JR, Lakeville, Minn./Trinity-River Ridge HS) 9-4, and No. 6-ranked 141-pounder Jared Kust beat Aaron Wilson (FY, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) 8-2.

Augsburg hosts the NCAA Division III West Regional next Saturday (2/27) at 9 a.m. at Si Melby Hall. UW-Stevens Point competes at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional next Saturday at Wabash (Ind.).

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 — Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Attendance: 117
Time of match: 1:06
Official: Kurt Nathe
Action begins at 157 pounds.

#7 Augsburg (12-4) 26, #23 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (6-6) 24
157 – Grant Parker (AUG, 25-10) pinned Jaden Boivin (UWSP, 13-11) 2:24 (Augsburg 6-0)
165 – Logan Hermsen (UWSP, 22-6) pinned No. 10 Eric Hensel (AUG, 21-6) 3:25 (TIED 6-6)
174 – Dan Squires (UWSP, 25-9) pinned Austin Boniface (AUG, 17-15) 3:45 (UWSP 12-6)
184 – Cody Nielsen (UWSP, 19-12) pinned Sebastian Larson (AUG, 21-13) 6:34 (UWSP 18-6)
197 – Logan Hortop (AUG, 21-18) maj. dec. Wyatt Weiler (UWSP, 0-3) 19-10 (UWSP 18-10)
HWT – No. 1 Donny Longendyke (AUG, 32-2) tech. fall Donny Ralston (UWSP, 16-15) 16-1 at 6:11 (UWSP 18-15)
125 – No. 7 Ben Vosters (UWSP, 28-6) dec. James Goman (AUG, 15-18) 9-4 (UWSP 21-15)
133 – Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 24-5) wins by forfeit (TIED 21-21).
141 – No. 6 Jared Kust (UWSP, 17-7) dec. Aaron Wilson (AUG, 13-17) 8-2 (UWSP 24-21)
149 – No. 9 Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 19-4) tech. fall Steve Collins (UWSP, 1-7) 16-0 at 6:29 (Augsburg 26-21)

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