ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Top-ranked 149-pounder Alex Wilson (SR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) won all four matches, including three by bonus-point decisions, to win his weight class title and lead the Augsburg University wrestling team at the St. Cloud State University Holiday Inn/Husky Open on Saturday.
Wilson, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 149 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, improved to 13-0 on the season, outscoring his opponents by a 61-16 margin in his four wins to claim the open title. He had technical fall wins in his first two bouts, then scored a 15-5, major-decision win over Mason Phillips of St. Cloud State in the finals. Of Wilson’s 13 wins, he has three pins, six technical falls and two major decisions.
Tanner Vassar (JR, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) finished second at 184 pounds, claiming pins in his first two victories before being edged 13-10 by Tyree Overton of St. Cloud State, ranked No. 10 in the Division II national rankings. Quinn Youngs (FY, Monticello, Minn./Maple Lake HS) also placed second for the Auggies at 133, in a round-robin format.
AJ Bethea (FY, Hibbing, Minn./Hibbing HS) placed third for the Auggies at 149, as did Nick Rogge (FY, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) at 174 and Ethan Hofacker (JR, Spring Valley, Wis./Spring Valley HS) at heavyweight.
Ryan Epps (JR, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS), ranked No. 1 nationally at 165, suffered his first loss of the season, as he was edged 4-2 by Devin Fitzpatrick of St. Cloud State, the No. 8-ranked wrestler in Division II. Epps finished fourth at 165, as did Gage Zieske (FY, Alexandria, Minn./Osakis HS) at 141.
UP NEXT: Augsburg competes at the Loras College Duals next Saturday (12/15) in Dubuque, Iowa.