No. 1-ranked Auggies blank Blugolds 45-0
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Scoring three pins and seven bonus-point victories, the top-ranked Augsburg University wrestling team won all 10 bouts in a 45-0 dual-meet victory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday evening.
The top-ranked team in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, Augsburg improved to 10-0 on the season with the shutout victory. In its 10 wins this season, Augsburg has now outscored its opponents by a 312-70 margin, winning 80 of 100 individual bouts.
The first half of the Augsburg lineup continued its domination of its opponents, with two technical falls and three pins in the first five bouts of the evening. No. 7-ranked 149-pounder Alex Wilson (SR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) scored a first-period pin, while No. 3-ranked 141-pounder David Flynn (JR, Jordan, Minn./Jordan HS (Scott West)) and No. 2-ranked 157-pounder Ryan Epps (JR, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS) both claimed second-period pins.
Wilson is now 20-2 on the season with 15 bonus-point wins (four pins, seven technical falls and four major decisions). Flynn improved to 13-1 with six pins and two major decisions, and Epps, the defending 157-pound NCAA Division III national champion, is now 20-1 with seven pins and three major decisions.
No. 4-ranked 125-pounder Victor Gliva (JR, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) opened the match with his second straight technical-fall win, a 19-2, second-period match-ender. Gliva is now 15-3 on the season with 10 bonus-point wins (five pins, two technical falls, three major decisions). No. 4-ranked 133-pounder Sam Bennyhoff (SR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) also scored a win by technical fall, a 16-1, 7:00 triumph. He is now 13-1 with eight bonus-point wins (one pin, two technical falls, five major decisions).
No. 5-ranked 174-pounder Tanner Vassar (JR, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) improved to 10-3 on the season with his sixth bonus-point win (three pins, two technical falls, one major decision), a 12-0 major-decision triumph. Solomon Nielsen (SO, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS) followed at 184 with a 14-5 major-decision win, improving to 15-3 on the season with his sixth bonus-point win (three major decisions, one technical fall, two pins).
Top-ranked and defending 165-pound Division III national champion Lucas Jeske (JR, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) improved to 6-0 on the season and 70-9 in his college career with a 9-6 win over the Blugolds’ Chase Schmidt.
At 197, No. 4-ranked Lance Benick (SO, Scandia, Minn./Totino-Grace HS) scored a 7-3 win over James Huntley to move to 15-2 on the year, and at heavyweight, Ethan Hofacker (JR, Spring Valley, Wis./Spring Valley HS) improved to 12-10 with a 5-1 triumph over Tyler Burt.
White Team at Minnesota West CTC-Worthington Open
The Augsburg White Team (junior varsity) competed at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Worthington Open on Saturday. Augsburg had nine placewinners, including champion Tanner Day (SO, Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View HS) at 141 pounds. Click here for results.
Augsburg competes at the Saint John’s University North Country Open next Saturday (1/26) at 9 a.m. in Collegeville, Minn.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 — McPhee Center, Eau Claire, Wis.
Action begins at 125 pounds.
No. 1 Augsburg (10-0) 45, Wisconsin-Eau Claire (6-12) 0
125 — No. 4 Victor Gliva (AUG, 15-3) tech. fall Jack Marley (UWEC, 8-20) 19-2 at 4:47 (Augsburg 5-0).
133 — No. 4 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 13-1) tech. fall Thomas Severson (UWEC, 12-13) 16-1 at 7:00 (Augsburg 10-0).
141 — No. 3 David Flynn (AUG, 13-1) pinned Jake Drexler (UWEC, 18-9) 4:31 (Augsburg 16-0).
149 — No. 7 Alex Wilson (AUG, 20-2) pinned Hunter Pierce (UWEC, 10-16) 2:09 (Augsburg 22-0).
157 — No. 2 Ryan Epps (AUG, 20-1) pinned Brady Bastyr (UWEC, 9-19) 3:19 (Augsburg 28-0).
165 — No. 1 Lucas Jeske (AUG, 6-0) dec. Chase Schmidt (UWEC, 12-6) 9-6 (Augsburg 31-0).
174 — No. 5 Tanner Vassar (AUG, 10-3) maj. dec. Toby Mosley (UWEC, 5-3) 12-0 (Augsburg 35-0).
184 — Solomon Nielsen (AUG, 16-3) maj. dec. Jordan Blanchard (UWEC, 7-12) 14-5 (Augsburg 39-0).
197 — No. 5 Lance Benick (AUG, 15-2) dec. James Huntley (UWEC, 6-9) 7-3 (Augsburg 42-0).
HWT — Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 12-10) dec. Tyler Burt (UWEC, 13-11) 5-1 (Augsburg 45-0).