Loras 23, Augsburg 17

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 4-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team won five of the last six bouts of the match, but it was not enough to overcome a 19-0 deficit to top-ranked Loras College, as the Duhawks claimed a 23-17 dual-meet win over the Auggies on Thursday night.

Augsburg, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, trailed 19-0 after the first four bouts of the dual, as No. 1-ranked Loras picked up a major decision and two pins. Augsburg claimed two major decisions among its five wins in the last six bouts, but a major-decision win for the Duhawks at 184 pounds clinched the match victory.

The Auggie comeback started at 157 pounds, as Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) was dominant in a 17-4, major-decision win over Loras’ Zeke Smith. Improving to 7-0 on the season, Shilson built a 6-3 lead after two periods, then used a takedown and a pair of four-point near-falls to clinch the major decision.

In a rematch of last year’s 174-pound NWCA Division III national semifinals, top-ranked Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS) improved to 10-0 on the season with a 5-2 win over Loras’ No. 3-ranked Jacob Krakow. Tied at 2-2 after two periods, Nielsen scored an escape and converted a takedown in the third period for the winning margin.

At 285-pounds, No. 4-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) gave the Auggies a positive end to the dual meet, avenging a 4-3 loss to Loras’ Wyatt Wriedt in last year’s national title match with a 7-3 triumph. Kim outlasted Wriedt with two huge takedowns in the third period, improving to 10-2 on the season.

Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) was dominant in his 15-2, major-decision win over Loras’ Clint Murphy at 197 pounds, giving Murphy his first loss of the season. A reversal and four-point near-fall in the second period gave Schwanebeck-Ostermann a 9-2 lead after two periods, and another four-point near-fall in the third period extended his lead, lifting him to a 5-2 record on the year.

The biggest upset of the night came at 165 pounds, as Augsburg’s Matt Rogge (FY, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) scored an 8-6 win over Loras’ No. 4-ranked Gabe Fiser. Tied 1-1 early in the third period, Rogge converted a takedown and four-point near-fall to take a 7-2 lead, then held off a reversal and takedown by Fiser to claim the win.

Augsburg is now 4-3 in the all-time series with Loras. Thursday’s match was the first in the series to be held at Si Melby Hall.

Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 350-55-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 51 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season. Against strictly Division III opponents, Augsburg is 336-54-1 since the 1979-80 season and 261-44-1 since 1989-90.

Loras picked up first-period falls from Aiden Evans at 133 pounds and No. 3-ranked 149-pounder Daniel Ruiz, along with a 13-2 major-decision win by No. 15-ranked Jared Hensley at 125 and a 7-1 win by No. 7-ranked 141-pounder Jalen Schropp to build a 19-0 lead after the first four bouts.

Shane Liegel, ranked No. 1 nationally at 184 pounds, improved to 10-0 with a 9-1, major-decision win over Augsburg’s No. 4-ranked Nick Rogge (SR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS).

Augsburg’s White Team (junior varsity) hosts Rochester Community and Technical College in a dual meet on Friday (12/3) at 7:30 p.m. at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg’s varsity squad competes at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) Invitational on Saturday (12/4) at 9 a.m.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 – Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
RECORDS: Augsburg 2-1, Loras 2-0
Official: Bill Benson
Attendance: 150

No. 1 Loras College (2-0) 23, No. 4 Augsburg University (2-1) 17
125 — No. 15 Jared Hensley (LOR, 8-1) maj. dec. Wyatt Kaczrowski (AUG, 9-5) 13-2 (LORAS 4-0)
133 — Aiden Evans (LOR, 8-2) pinned Austin Gabbert (AUG, 3-2) 1:12 (LORAS 10-0)
141 — No. 7 Jalen Schropp (LOR, 9-1) dec. Brady Gross (AUG, 4-3) 7-1 (LORAS 13-0)
149 — No. 3 Daniel Ruiz (LOR, 7-2) pinned Charlie Stuhl (AUG, 5-4) 2:25 (LORAS 19-0)
157 — Tyler Shilson (AUG, 7-0) maj. dec. Zeke Smith (LOR, 8-4) 17-4 (LORAS 19-4)
165 — Matt Rogge (AUG, 7-4) dec. No. 4 Gabe Fiser (LOR, 9-2) 8-6 (LORAS 19-7)
174 — No. 1 Solomon Nielsen (AUG, 10-0) dec. No. 3 Jacob Krakow (LOR, 4-2) 5-2 (LORAS 19-10)
184 — No. 1 Shane Liegel (LOR, 10-0) maj. dec. No. 4 Nick Rogge (AUG, 7-2) 9-1 (LORAS 23-10)
197 — Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (AUG, 5-2) maj. dec. Colin Murphy (LOR, 10-1) 15-2 (LORAS 23-14)
285 — No. 4 Tyler Kim (AUG, 10-2) dec. No. 1 Wyatt Wriedt (LOR, 4-1) 7-3 (LORAS 23-17)

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