Augsburg claims team title at Citrus Invitational

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Claiming five individual titles and 17 top-eight finishes, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team dominated in winning the Citrus Invitational tournament, held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Broward County Convention Center.

Augsburg, ranked No. 9 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III tournament national rankings and No. 7 in the dual team rankings, had five weight-class titlists, three runners-up, and one third-place finisher in the tournament. Augsburg finished ahead of Castleton (Vt.), Cornell (Iowa), and No. 6-ranked John Carroll (Ohio) in the 12-team field. Twenty Auggies competed in the tournament, combining for an 82-28 record with 30 pins, 15 technical falls, and seven major decisions.

Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS), ranked No. 3 in the latest Division III national poll at 157 pounds, improved to 20-0 on the season with another dominating performance, claiming all five wins by bonus-point decisions. He opened with a 17-second pin, followed up with a 1:47 pin, then won his final three matches by technical falls — 20-3, 18-1, and 16-1. He combined to outscore his opponents by a 64-6 margin in his five matches, winning his fourth tournament title of the season. Of his 20 wins this season, 19 are bonus-point victories — four pins, 12 technical falls, and three major decisions.

Nick Rogge (SR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS), ranked No. 11 at 184 pounds, also had a strong performance in winning his weight class, with three technical falls among his four victories. He outscored his opponents by a 57-2 margin in the tournament, with a pair of 15-0 technical falls to finish his tournament run. With his third tournament win of the season, Rogge is now 15-2 on the season with two pins, 10 technical falls, and two major decisions. He has recorded technical falls in six of his last eight matches.

Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS), ranked No. 6 nationally at 285 pounds, went 4-0 with a pair of first-period pins and a major decision to win his weight class, improving to 22-3 on the season. Kim opened his tournament run with pins of 48 seconds and 1:19 and finished with a 10-1 major decision win. He now has 11 pins among his 22 wins on the season, along with three major decisions and a technical fall.

Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) scored his second straight tournament title, winning at 197 pounds with a 4-0 record and a pin. The No. 9-ranked wrestler nationally at 197, Schwanebeck-Ostermann is now 12-2 on the season and has won nine matches in a row.

Sam Stuhl (JR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) and Cade Willis (FY, Kansasville, Wis./Union Grove HS) both had impressive efforts at 141 pounds, with each scoring a semifinal win over a nationally-ranked wrestler en route to finishing first and second, respectively. A transfer from Division I North Dakota State making his Auggie debut, Stuhl topped No. 3-ranked Jarrod Brezovec of John Carroll 6-1 in the semifinals, while Willis claimed a 3-2 overtime win over No. 9 ranked Jake Dado of the University of the Ozarks (Ark.). In the finals, Stuhl topped Willis by a 9-2 decision. Stuhl is now 17-6 on the season, while Willis is now 18-5.

Tanner Kroells (JR, Delano, Minn./Delano HS) went 4-1 at 149 pounds, with a pin, technical fall and major decision, to finish second in his weight class. Carter Sorenson (FY, Lengby, Minn./Fosston HS) went 3-1 with a pin and technical fall to finish second at 174 pounds.

Derek Steele (FY, Winthrop, Minn./Sibley East HS) finished third at 125 pounds, while Austin Gabbert (FY, Lester Prairie, Minn./Watertown-Mayer HS) placed fourth at 133 and Tyler Raway (FY, Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS) finished fourth at 197.

Placing fifth for Augsburg were Wyatt Kaczrowski (FY, Seymour, Wis./Seymour HS) at 125, Justin Stauffacher (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Belle Plaine HS (Scott West)) at 133, Charlie Stuhl (SO, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) at 149 and Matt Rogge (FY, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) at 165.

Brady Gross (JR, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley HS) finished sixth at 141 and Parker Venz (FY, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) placed seventh at 197.

Citrus Invitational Results

UP NEXT: Augsburg competes at the NWCA Division III National Duals in Louisville, Ky., next Thursday and Friday (1/6-7).

AUGSBURG RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS

  • 125: Derek Steele 4-1, 3rd place; Wyatt Kaczrowski 4-2, 5th place.
  • 133: Austin Gabbert 4-2, 4th place; Justin Stauffacher 4-2, 5th place.
  • 141: Sam Stuhl 5-0, 1st place; Cade Willis 3-1, 2nd place; Brady Gross 4-3, 6th place.
  • 149: Tanner Kroells 4-1, 2nd place; Charlie Stuhl 4-2, 5th place; Kaden Reetz 5-2, consolation 1st place.
  • 157: Tyler Shilson 5-0, 1st place.
  • 165: Matt Rogge 4-2, 5th place; Connor Thorsten 3-3, consolation 3rd place.
  • 174: Carter Sorenson 3-1, 2nd place.
  • 184: Nick Rogge 4-0, 1st place; Adam Sylvester 6-2, consolation 1st place.
  • 197: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann 4-0, 1st place; Tyler Raway 5-2, 4th place; Parker Venz 3-2, 7th place.
  • 285: Tyler Kim 4-0, 1st place.

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