MINNEAPOLIS — Picking up wins in seven of the 10 weight classes, the No. 2-ranked Augsburg University wrestling team posted a 33-15 victory over the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in the Auggies final dual meet of the season.
Augsburg, ranked No. 2 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, won seven of the 10 bouts wrestled on Friday, claiming three pins and a technical fall en route to the victory.
Augsburg was led by pins from No. 4-ranked Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS), No. 2-ranked David Flynn (SO, Jordan, Minn./Jordan HS (Scott West)) and No. 2-ranked Lucas Jeske (SO, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS).
Bennyhoff claimed a fall over Matt Berlin at 133 pounds in 3:34, moving his record to 28-5 on the season, while Flynn made it two straight pins for the Auggies with a 1:29 fall over Drosianos Lourvaris at 141 pounds. Jeske was able to post a first period pin over Tanner Goddard at 2:07, moving his record to 31-1 this season.
No 3-ranked Alex Wilson (JR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) led Luke Smiley 2-1 going into the third period and was able to score a two-point nearfall with 29 seconds to go, which along with a stalling point and riding point gave him a hard-fought 6-1 decision to move his record to 28-4 overall.
Ryan Epps (SO, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS), ranked No.1 nationally at 157 pounds, improved to 34-1 on the year with his 18th straight victory, a 9-0 major decision over David Grantelli. He is now 68-8 in his two Auggie seasons.
At 174 pounds, Tanner Vassar (SO, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) showed a strong performance, collecting three nearfalls as he earned a 15-0 technical fall victory in the second period over Austin Stebane.
Claiming the final victory of the night for Augsburg was No. 9-ranked Lance Benick (FY, Fridley, Minn./Totino-Grace HS), who picked up a 12-6 decision over Dylan Diebitz.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 327-51-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 47 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season
Against strictly NCAA Division III opponents, Augsburg is now 317-50-1 since the 1979-80 season. Since the 1989-90 season, Augsburg is 242-40-1 against Division III opponents.
FOR THE FOES (STEVENS POINT)
Ben Vosters earned a hard-fought 3-2 decision over No. 10-ranked Victor Gliva to move to 24-8 on the season.
UWSP picked earned two pins on the night, Dan Squires pinned No. 8-ranked Sebastian Larson at 184 pounds, while Ross Agg claimed a 1:14 fall over Ethan Hofacker at Heavyweight.
Augsburg returns to action next Friday-Saturday hosting the NCAA Division III Regional at Si Melby Hall.
Feb. 16, 2018 • Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Action begins at 125 pounds.
Official: Bryan Kelvington.
No. 2 Augsburg (Minn., 13-2) 33, Stevens Point (6-11) 15
125 — Ben Vosters (UWSP, 24-8) dec. No. 10 Victor Gliva (AUG, 25-5) 3-2 (UWSP 3-0).
133 — No. 4 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 28-5) fall Matt Berlin (UWSP, 22-12) 18-2 at 3:34 (Augsburg 6-3).
141 — No. 2 David Flynn (AUG, 14-3) fall Drosianos Lourvaris (UWSP, 6-13) at 1:29 (Augsburg 12-3).
149 — No. 3 Alex Wilson (AUG, 28-4) dec. Luke Smiley (UWSP, 10-8) 6-1 (Augsburg 15-3).
157 — No. 1 Ryan Epps (AUG, 34-1) maj. dec. David Grantelli (UWSP, 20-8) 9-0 (Augsburg 19-3).
165 — No. 2 Lucas Jeske (AUG, 31-1) fall Tanner Goddard (UWSP, 3-10) at 2:07 (Augsburg 25-3).
174 — Tanner Vassar (AUG, 28-7) tech. fall Austin Stebane (UWSP, 7-8) 15-0 (Augsburg 30-3).
184 – Dan Squires (UWSP, 29-7) fall No. 8 Sebastian Larson (AUG, 23-8) at 5:11 (Augsburg 30-9).
197 — No. 9 Lance Benick (UWEC, 7-3) dec. Dylan Diebitz (UWSP, 18-8) 12-6 (Augsburg 33-9)
HWT – Ross Agg (UWSP, 12-16) fall Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 8-22) at 1:14 (Augsburg 33-15).