MOORHEAD, Minn. — Winning six straight bouts after an early deficit, the Augsburg College wrestling team rallied for a 25-12 dual-meet victory over Minnesota State University-Moorhead on Thursday evening at Alex Nemzek Hall.
Trailing 8-4 after three bouts, Augsburg’s middleweights turned the momentum around, scoring six straight victories, including three major-decision wins, to clinch the dual-meet victory.
Alex Wilson (SO, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS), ranked No. 10 in the latest Division III national rankings at 149 pounds, started the Auggie rally with a 9-4 victory, improving to 9-0 in the process.
Grant Parker (SR, Onalaska, Wis.), ranked No. 10 nationally at 157, scored an 8-0, major-decision win, followed by a 12-2 major-decision win by Brady McFarland (SO, Windlake, Wis./Muskego HS) at 165 to give the Auggies a 15-8 advantage. Parker and McFarland are both 7-2 overall.
Austin Boniface (SR, Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS) scored a 4-0 win at 174, and Owen Webster (FY, Shakopee, Minn.) clinched the dual victory with a 14-4, major-decision win at 184. The Auggie rally was capped by a 6-0 win by Logan Hortop (SR, Faribault, Minn.) at 197.
Victor Gliva (FY, Farmington, Minn.) opened the match with a 12-1, major-decision victory for the Auggies at 125 pounds, improving to 8-1 on the season.
Augsburg outscored MSU-Moorhead by a 70-50 margin in winning the dual meet and improving to 5-0 overall.
Augsburg is ranked No. 8 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, while MSU-Moorhead is tied for the No. 25 spot in the preseason Division II national rankings.
Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 305-47-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 43 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season.
Augsburg claimed its 17th straight dual-meet victory over MSU-Moorhead and is now 18-1 in the all-time series against the Dragons, dating to the 1984-85 season. It was the first time the teams have met in a dual since the 2013-14 campaign.
In the only meeting of ranked wrestlers, MSU-Moorhead’s Blake Bosch, ranked No. 4 in the Division II national rankings at 133, scored a second-period, 19-3 technical fall of Augsburg’s Sam Bennyhoff (SO, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS), ranked No. 4 in Division III.
Kristian Vazquez scored a 9-2 win over Mike Hayes (SO, Oconomowoc, Wis./Kettle Moraine HS) at 141, and Nader Abdullatif claimed a 12-0, major-decision win over Ethan Hofacker (FY, Spring Valley, Wis.) at heavyweight.
Augsburg competes at the St. Cloud State Husky Open on Saturday (12/10) at 9 a.m. MSU-Moorhead competes at the Vegas Duals on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 — Alex Nemzek Hall, Moorhead, Minn.
No. 8 (D-III, 5-0) Augsburg 25, No. 25 (D-II, 1-2) Minnesota State-Moorhead 12
125 — Victor Gliva (AUG, 8-1) maj. dec. Jared Goldsmith (MSUM, 10-6) 12-1 (Augsburg 4-0)
133 — No. 4 (D-II) Blake Bosch (MSUM, 14-1) tech. fall No. 4 (D-III) Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 7-2) 19-3 at 4:32 (MSUM 5-4)
141 — Kristian Vazquez (MSUM, 5-3) dec. Mike Hayes (AUG, 4-5) 9-2 (MSUM 8-4)
149 — No. 10 (D-III) Alex Wilson (AUG, 9-0) dec. Dylan Connell (MSUM, 8-6) 9-4 (MSUM 8-7)
157 — No. 10 (D-III) Grant Parker (AUG, 7-2) maj. dec. Isaac Novacek (MSUM, 9-7) 8-0 (Augsburg 11-8)
165 — Brady McFarland (AUG, 7-2) maj. dec. Brayden Kuntz (MSUM, 3-7) 12-2 (Augsburg 15-8)
174 — Austin Boniface (AUG, 5-3) dec. Adam Blees (MSUM, 8-4) 4-0 (Augsburg 18-8)
184 — Owen Webster (AUG, 8-1) maj. dec. Logan Rhode (MSUM, 5-7) 14-4 (Augsburg 22-8)
197 — Logan Hortop (AUG, 4-4) dec. Cody Anderson (MSUM, 5-6) 6-0 (Augsburg 25-8)
HWT — Nader Abdullatif (MSUM, 10-5) maj. dec. Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 3-6) 12-0 (Augsburg 25-12)