Wartburg 20, Augsburg 13

Top-ranked Wartburg edges No. 2 Augsburg 20-13

MINNEAPOLIS — The top-ranked Wartburg College wrestling team claimed victories in six of the 10 bouts on Thursday, edging No. 2-ranked Augsburg College 20-13 in the annual “Battle of the Burgs” dual meet at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg, ranked No. 2 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, claimed victories in three of the first five bouts to take a 9-6 lead into the halftime break, but top-ranked and defending national champion Wartburg responded with wins in four of the last five to capture the dual win.

The Auggies jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, as No. 5-ranked 125-pounder Victor Gliva (FY, Farmington, Minn.) improved to 25-4 on the season with a 6-1 triumph over Wartburg’s No. 6-ranked Arnulfo Olea, Gliva’s second head-to-head win over Olea this season. Gliva built a 5-0 lead and collected 2:46 in riding time to score the win.

augslogoSam Bennyhoff (SO, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) claimed his second win of the year over Wartburg’s Connor Campo, this time a 9-4 decision at 133 pounds. Bennyhoff overcame an early deficit with three takedowns and 1:25 in riding time to improve to 21-7 on the season.

The biggest win of the first half of the dual for the Auggies came at 157, as Tanner Vassar (FY, Maple Lake, Minn.) — competing for the first time in the varsity lineup in an Auggie dual meet — claimed an 8-7 upset victory over Wartburg’s No. 2-ranked Logan Thomsen. Scoring an early takedown, he converted a four-point near-fall to take a 6-0 lead after one period, then held off three Thomsen takedowns with two escapes to preserve the win, improving to 26-8 on the season.

No. 1-ranked 184 pounder Owen Webster (FY, Shakopee, Minn.) improved to 25-1 on the season with his 22nd straight victory, a 10-2, major-decision win over Wartburg’s No. 5-ranked Bryan Levsen, his second win over Levsen this year. Webster scored four takedowns and 2:33 in riding time to collect his ninth major-decision win of the year and 18th bonus-point victory (nine major decisions, four technical falls, five pins).

One of the closest bouts of the evening came at heavyweight, as Wartburg’s No. 2-ranked Lance Evans improved to 20-0 with a 5-4 win over Augsburg’s No. 3-ranked Donny Longendyke (SR, Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake HS). Longendyke scored two takedowns, but Evans scored an escape and two reversals, including the bout-deciding reversal with 1:39 left in the third period. Longendyke is now 16-2 on the season, with both his losses coming to Evans.

After Augsburg opened the match with two wins, the Knights tied the score with two wins in battles of ranked wrestlers. No. 4-ranked Chris Cannone edged Augsburg’s No. 7-ranked David Flynn (FY, Jordan, Minn./Scott West) at 141, and top-ranked 149-pounder Kenny Martin claimed a 7-5 win over Augsburg’s No. 9-ranked Ryan Epps (FY, Cannon Falls, Minn.).

After the halftime break, No. 3-ranked 165-pounder Andrew Steiert claimed a 7-1 win over Lucas Jeske (FY, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS), and No. 2-ranked 174-pounder Eric DeVos claimed a 21-6, third-period technical-fall win over Austin Boniface (SR, Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS).

The Knights took a 17-13 win into the final bout, when No. 2-ranked Kyle Fank scored four points in the third period to pull away from Sebastian Larson (JR, River Falls, Wis.) in a 5-1 decision at 197.

RECORDS: Augsburg 10-2 overall, Wartburg 19-0 overall

Thursday’s dual meet also served as a fundraiser for the TakeDown Cancer charity, honoring former Augsburg assistant coach and Auggie All-American Donny Wichmann ’89, who is battling cancer. TakeDown Cancer is an effort by wrestling teams from all over the Midwest to fight cancer, raising money for the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, benefiting cancer research and patient aid programs.

The dual also featured a reunion of three Augsburg wrestling championship teams — the 1987 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title team, and the 1997 and 2007 NCAA Division III national championship teams.

UP NEXT: Augsburg competes at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Don Parker Open on Saturday (2/4) at 9 a.m.

No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa, 19-0) 20, No. 2 Augsburg (Minn., 10-2) 13
125 — No. 5 Victor Gliva (AUG, 25-4) dec. No. 6 Arnulfo Olea (WAR, 19-7) 6-1 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 — Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 21-7) dec. Connor Campo (WAR, 6-8) 9-4 (Augsburg 6-0)
141 — No. 4 Cross Cannone (WAR, 23-3) dec. No. 7 David Flynn (AUG, 23-7) 4-3 (Augsburg 6-3)
149 — No. 1 Kenny Martin (WAR, 9-0) dec. No. 9 Ryan Epps (AUG, 24-5) 7-5 (TIED 6-6)
157 — Tanner Vassar (AUG, 26-8) dec. No. 2 Logan Thomsen (WAR, 25-2) 8-7 (Augsburg 9-6)
165 — No. 3 Andrew Steiert (WAR, 7-0) dec. Lucas Jeske (AUG, 11-5) 7-1 (TIED 9-9)
174 — No. 2 Eric DeVos (WAR, 11-0) tech. fall Austin Boniface (AUG, 16-9) 21-6 at 5:36 (Wartburg 14-9)
184 — No. 1 Owen Webster (AUG, 25-1) maj. dec. No. 5 Bryan Levsen (WAR, 16-6) 10-2 (Wartburg 14-13)
197 — No. 2 Kyle Fank (WAR, 26-2) dec. Sebastian Larson (AUG, 8-14) 5-1 (Wartburg 17-13)
HWT — No. 2 Lance Evans (WAR, 20-0) dec. No. 3 Donny Longendyke (AUG, 16-2) 5-4 (Wartburg 20-13)

Attendance: 653.
Officials: Bryan Kelvington, Brady Storhaug.

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