Upper weights lift Auggies to triangular sweep

MINNEAPOLIS — With upper-weight wrestlers winning six of eight bouts in the two matches, including four by bonus-point decisions, the No. 4-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team rallied twice for victories in its triangular meet on Wednesday afternoon at Si Melby Hall, beating the No. 3-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.) 23-19 and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 18-15.

Augsburg, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, had to rally for wins in both matches. Against No. 3-ranked Stevens, the Auggies trailed 16-7 after six matches but rallied with two technical falls and a pin in the final four matches for the win. Against UW-Eau Claire, which had beaten Stevens 27-19 in Wednesday’s opening dual, the Auggies rallied from a 12-8 deficit after six matches with three wins, including a major decision, in the final four bouts.

No. 4-ranked 184-pounder Nick Rogge (SR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) improved to 7-1 on the season with a pair of bonus-point victories. He used a takedown, two-point near-fall, and three four-point near-falls to dispatch Frank Medina of Stevens by a 16-0 technical fall in just 2:02, and he used a pair of four-point near-falls as part of an 11-point second-period, building a big lead en route to a 16-6 major-decision win over Niall Schoenfelder of UW-Eau Claire.

Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS), the top-ranked wrestler nationally in Division III at 174 pounds, remained unbeaten at 9-0 with a pair of wins. He collected 10 takedowns in a 24-9, third-period technical fall win over Stefan Major of Stevens, then had a tight match with UW-Eau Claire’s Jared Strickler, winning 5-2.

Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 6-0 on the season with a pair of bonus-point wins at 157 pounds. He used five takedowns, a pair of reversals and a two-point near-fall to score an 18-4, major-decision win over No. 15-ranked Hunter Gutierrez of Stevens. In his match against Adam Rients of UW-Eau Claire, he built a 13-4 lead after two periods, then used two takedowns and a four-point near-fall to end the match 11 seconds early in a 23-5 technical fall.

Wyatt Kaczrowski (FY, Seymour, Wis./Seymour HS) improved to 9-5 on the season with a 1-1 day, with his win coming in an 8-1 triumph over Stevens’ Akhil Vega, ranked No. 7 nationally at 125 pounds. He turned a takedown into a four-point near-fall late in the first period to build a 6-0 lead against Vega.

No. 4-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) capped the comeback win over Stevens with a 1:07 pin of Joseph Russell. He was edged 4-3 in his second match, against No. 12-ranked Mason Hawkins of UW-Eau Claire. Kim is now 9-2 on the season.

Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) went 1-1 at 197 pounds, as did Brady Gross (JR, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley HS) at 141.

FOR THE FOES
UW-Eau Claire’s Hawkins, Jack Marley (125), Javon Taschuk (133), and Chase Schmidt (ranked No. 7 at 165) each went 2-0 on the day.

Top-ranked 149-pounder Brett Kaliner of Stevens scored a pair of technical falls. No. 3-ranked Kyle Sneodorn had a pin and a major decision, and No. 7-ranked 197-pounder Michael Dooley scored two wins with a major decision.

UP NEXT: Augsburg will host Loras, the top-ranked team in the latest NWCA Division III national poll, on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Si Melby Hall.

FINAL SCORES:
UW-Eau Claire 27, Stevens Inst. of Tech. (N.J.) 19;
Augsburg 23, Stevens Institute of Tech. (N.J.) 19
Augsburg 18, UW-Eau Claire 15

RECORDS: Augsburg 2-0, UW-Eau Claire 2-2, Stevens Inst. of Tech. (N.J.) 0-2

No. 4 Augsburg University (2-0) 18, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2-2) 15
125 — Jack Marley (UWEC, 7-8) dec. Wyatt Kaczrowski (AUG, 9-5) 4-2 (UWEC 3-0)
133 — Javon Taschuk (UWEC, 10-2) dec. Kieler Carlson (AUG, 6-4) 10-6 (UWEC 6-0)
141 — Brady Gross (AUG, 4-2) dec. Gabriel Pugh (UWEC, 11-5) 8-6 (UWEC 6-3)
149 — No. 13 Jake Drexler (UWEC, 11-5) dec. Charlie Stuhl (AUG, 5-3) 4-1 (UWEC 9-3)
157 — Tyler Shilson (AUG, 6-0) tech. fall Adam Reints (UWEC, 8-7) 23-5 at 6:49 (UWEC 9-8)
165 — No. 7 Chase Schmidt (UWEC, 10-2) dec. Matt Rogge (AUG, 6-4) 8-1 (UWEC 12-8)
174 — No. 1 Solomon Nielsen (AUG, 9-0) dec. Jared Strickler (UWEC, 9-4) 5-2 (UWEC 12-11)
184 — No. 4 Nick Rogge (AUG, 7-1) maj. dec. Niall Schoenfelder (UWEC, 9-5) 16-6 (AUGSBURG 15-12)
197 — Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (AUG, 4-2) dec. Jackson Schichel (UWEC, 0-2) 10-3 (AUGSBURG 18-12)
285 — No. 12 Mason Hawkins (UWEC, 11-5) dec. No. 4 Tyler Kim (AUG, 9-2) 4-3 (AUGSBURG 18-15)
Official: Brian Kelvington
Attendance: 150

No. 4 Augsburg University (1-0) 23, No. 3 Stevens Institute of Technology (0-2) 19
125 — Wyatt Kaczrowski (AUG, 9-4) dec. No. 7 Akhil Vega (SIT, 8-4) 8-1 (AUGSBURG 3-0)
133 — Luke Hoerle (SIT, 12-7) maj. dec. Kieler Carlson (AUG, 6-3) 11-3 (STEVENS 4-3)
141 — No. 3 Kyle Slendorn (SIT, 12-1) maj. dec. Brady Gross (AUG, 3-2) 14-4 (STEVENS 8-3)
149 — No. 1 Brett Kaliner (SIT, 11-0) tech. fall Charlie Stuhl (AUG, 5-2) 23-8 at 7:00 (STEVENS 13-3)
157 — Tyler Shilson (AUG, 5-0) maj. dec. No. 15 Hunter Gutierrez (SIT, 11-3) 18-4 (STEVENS 13-7)
165 — Harrison Hinojosa (SIT, 12-5) dec. Matt Rogge (AUG, 6-3) 6-3 (STEVENS 16-7)
174 — No. 1 Solomon Nielsen (AUG, 8-0) tech. fall Stefan Major (SIT, 6-4) 24-9 at 5:51 (STEVENS 16-12)
184 — No. 4 Nick Rogge (AUG, 6-1) tech. fall Frank Medina (SIT, 13-5) 16-0 at 2:02 (AUGSBURG 17-16)
197 — No. 7 Michael Dooley (SIT 7-1) dec. Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (AUG, 3-2) 8-4 (STEVENS 19-17)
285 — No. 4 Tyler Kim (AUG, 9-1) pinned Joseph Russell (SIT, 3-10) 1:07 (AUGSBURG 23-19)
Official: Brian Kelvington
Attendance: 150

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2-1) 27, No. 3 Stevens Institute of Technology (0-1) 19
125 — Jack Marley (UWEC, 6-8) dec. No. 7 Akhil Vega (SIT, 8-3) 8-3 (UWEC 3-0)
133 — Javon Taschuk (UWEC, 9-2) pinned Luke Hoerle (SIT, 11-7) 2:12 (UWEC 9-0)
141 — No. 3 Kyle Slendorn (SIT, 11-1) pinned Gabriel Pugh (UWEC, 11-4) 4:50 (UWEC 9-6)
149 — No. 1 Brett Kaliner (SIT, 10-0) tech. fall No. 13 Jake Drexler (UWEC, 10-5) 20-4 at 6:44 (STEVENS 11-9)
157 — No. 15 Hunter Gutierrez (SIT, 11-2) maj. dec. Adam Reints (UWEC, 8-6) 10-2 (STEVENS 15-9)
165 — No. 7 Chase Schmidt (UWEC, 9-2) dec. Harrison Hinojosa (SIT, 11-5) 7-1 (STEVENS 15-12)
174 — No. 7 Evan Lawrence (UWEC, 9-3) tech. fall Frank Medina (SIT, 13-5) 18-1 at 7:00 (UWEC 17-15)
184 — Chase Melton (UWEC, 11-5) maj. dec. Brendan Newbury (SIT, 3-7) 13-5 (UWEC 21-15)
197 — No. 7 Michael Dooley (SIT 6-1) maj. dec. Jackson Schichel (UWEC, 0-1) 10-0 (UWEC 21-19)
285 — No. 12 Mason Hawkins (UWEC, 10-5) pinned Joseph Russell (SIT, 3-9) 1:07 (UWEC 27-19)
Officials: Ron Schneider (varsity matches), Brian Kelvington (extra matches)
Attendance: 90

EXTRA MATCHES – AUGSBURG, UW-EAU CLAIRE, STEVENS
125 — Dominic De’Altonaga (AUG, 5-3) dec. Andrew Finateri (SIT, 1-3) 6-2
141 — Cade Willis (AUG, 8-2) dec. Luke Krier (UWEC, 1-5) 9-2
149 — Zach Sato (UWEC, 12-0) dec. Tanner Kroells (AUG, 5-3) 8-3
157 — Kaden Reetz (AUG, 6-2) maj. dec. Colton Sund (UWEC, 4-6) 15-2
165 — Tristan Massie (UWEC, 9-4) maj. dec. Connor Thorsten (AUG, 5-4) 13-1
165 — Connor Collins (UWEC, 7-1) maj. dec. Carl Leuer (AUG, 2-5) 12-2
165 — Seth Goetzinger (AUG, 7-1) pinned Reid Lawrence (UWEC, 8-5) 1:48
174 — Carter Brunke (UWEC, 3-4) dec. Carter Paulson (AUG, 3-2) 10-3
125 — Yim-Leej Yang (AUG, 5-2) tech. fall Andrew Finateri (SIT, 1-4) 15-0 at 4:44

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