Wartburg 29, Augsburg 10

WAVERLY, Iowa — Winning seven of 10 bouts, the top-ranked Wartburg College wrestling team scored a 29-10 win over No. 7-ranked Augsburg College in the annual “Battle of the ‘Burgs” dual meet on Thursday evening at Levick Arena.

Augsburg, the defending NCAA Division III national champion and No. 7-ranked team in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, scored three victories, but top-ranked Wartburg won for the seventh straight time in the annual meeting between the two small-college wrestling powers, improving to 16-15 in the all-time series.

Augsburg AuggiesNo. 1-ranked and defending heavyweight national champion Donny Longendyke (JR, Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) claimed a 9-1, major-decision victory over Ben Nagle, improving to 26-2 in the process with his 16th straight win. Of his 26 wins, 20 are bonus-point wins (16 pins, four major decisions). Longendyke is now 70-4 in his Augsburg career and 110-25 in his collegiate career. Of his 110 wins, 83 are bonus-point victories (61 pins, three technical falls, 19 major decisions).

Grant Parker (JR, Onalaska, Wis.) opened the match with a 7-6, sudden-victory overtime win over Wartburg’s No. 3-ranked Drew Wagenhoffer at 157 pounds, improving to 22-9 on the season and 54-41 in his collegiate career.

James Goman (JR, Lakeville, Minn./Trinity-River Ridge HS) scored the biggest upset win of the evening, topping Wartburg’s No. 3-ranked 125-pounder Arnulfo Olea by a 9-7 decision. Now 13-15 on the season, the match was Goman’s first against a nationally-ranked wrestler this season.

FOR THE FOES
Sebastian Larson (SO, River Falls, Wis.) nearly pulled off an upset over No. 6-ranked Bryan Levsen of Wartburg at 184 pounds, but Levsen earned a riding-time point to claim a 4-3 win over Larson.

Rashad Kennedy (SR, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley HS), ranked No. 7 at 149, kept things close with Wartburg’s defending national champion Kenny Martin, but Martin prevailed in a 9-7 decision to close the match. Kennedy is now 13-5 on the year.

In the only meeting of ranked wrestlers on the evening, Wartburg’s No. 3-ranked Connor Campo topped Augsburg’s No. 10-ranked Sam Bennyhoff (FY, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) 7-4. Bennyhoff fell to 19-4 on the season.

Eric DeVos, ranked No. 3 at 174, pinned Augsburg’s Austin Boniface (JR, Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS) in 26 seconds.

The Knights scored two technical-fall victories, as Nick Michael topped Augsburg’s No. 10-ranked Eric Hensel (JR, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS) 16-1 in 7:00, and No. 2-ranked 197-pounder Gerard Roman scored an 18-0 win at 1:52 over Logan Hortop (JR, Faribault, Minn.).

At 141, Wartburg’s Kaz Onoo scored a 15-3, major-decision win over Aaron Wilson (FY, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS).

Augsburg competes at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Don Parker Open on Saturday (2/6) at 9 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 — Levick Arena, Waverly, Iowa
Attendance: 2,200
Official: Jason Wedgeburn
RECORDS: Augsburg 11-3 overall, Wartburg 18-0 overall

Action begins at 157 pounds.

No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa, 18-0) 29, No. 7 Augsburg (Minn., 11-3) 10

157 — Grant Parker (AUG, 22-9) dec. No. 3 Drew Wagenhoffer (WAR, 15-1) 7-6 (OT-SV1) (Augsburg 3-0)
165 — Nick Michael (WAR, 21-0) tech. fall No. 10 Eric Hensel (AUG, 16-4) 16-1 at 7:00 (Wartburg 5-3)
174 — No. 3 Eric DeVos (WAR, 21-2) pinned Austin Boniface (AUG, 16-9) 0:26 (Wartburg 11-3)
184 — No. 6 Bryan Levsen (WAR, 20-5) dec. Sebastian Larson (AUG, 18-11) 4-3 (Wartburg 14-3)
197 — No. 2 Gerard Roman (WAR, 19-1) tech. fall Logan Hortop (AUG, 19-15) 18-0 at 1:52 (Wartburg 19-3)
HWT — No. 1 Donny Longendyke (AUG, 26-2) maj. dec. Ben Nagle (WAR, 11-2) 9-1 (Wartburg 19-7)
125 — James Goman (AUG, 13-15) dec. No. 3 Arnulfo Olea (WAR, 15-1) 9-7 (Wartburg 19-10)
133 — No. 3 Connor Campo (WAR, 24-2) dec. No. 10 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 19-4) 7-4 (Wartburg 22-10)
141 — No. 8 Kaz Onoo (WAR, 16-1) maj. dec. Aaron Wilson (AUG, 10-13) 15-3 (Wartburg 26-10)
149 — Kenny Martin (WAR, 10-3) dec. No. 7 Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 13-5) 9-7 (Wartburg 29-10)

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