Augsburg 29 Concordia-Moorhead 12

Auggies close regular season with 29-12 win

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Winning seven of the 10 bouts in the dual, including five by bonus-point margins, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team closed its regular season with a 29-12 win over Concordia College-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon.

Augsburg, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III tournament national ranking and No. 8 in the NWCA’s Division III dual-meet rankings, split the first six bouts of the dual with Concordia, ranked No. 29 in the NWCA dual-meet rankings. The Auggies won the final four bouts of the dual, with two major decisions and a pin, to produce the final 17-point margin of victory.

Parker Venz (FY, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) scored the lone pin of the day for the Auggies, with a 37-second match-ender at 197 pounds over Connor Choupek. Now 18-11 on the season, Venz has claimed 13 victories by pin.

No. 2-ranked 157-pounder Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 25-2 on the season with his 15th win by technical fall, a 21-3 triumph in 5:18 over Tyler Bents. Shilson used five takedowns and a pair of four-point near-falls to claim the victory, his 22nd bonus-point win of the campaign.

At 141, No. 3-ranked Sam Stuhl (JR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) pulled away in the third period with a two-point near-fall and four-point near-fall to claim a 12-3 major decision win over Cade Lundeen. A mid-season transfer from Division I North Dakota State, Stuhl is now 20-4 on the season, including a 16-2 record at Augsburg.

The Auggies claimed back-to-back major decisions to snap a 12-12 tie after six bouts. At 174 pounds, Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS) scored an escape, two takedowns and a four-point near-fall in the second period to pull away from Kaden Spindler in a 15-2 win. The No. 2-ranked 174-pounder nationally, Nielsen is now 25-3 on the year, with seven major decisions, seven technical falls and four pins to his credit.

At 184, No. 11-ranked Nick Rogge (SR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) followed Nielsen’s major decision with one of his own, a 10-1 triumph over Ayden Friese. Rogge never trailed in the bout, building a 6-1 first-period lead en route to his 21st win of the season. Now 21-3, Rogge has three major decisions, 12 technical falls and three pins this year.

Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS), ranked No. 7 nationally at 285 pounds, used three takedowns and an escape to produce a 7-3 win over Chase Dockter. Kim now has a team-high 30 wins, now 30-6 on the season. Wyatt Kaczrowski (FY, Seymour, Wis./Seymour HS) opened the match with an 11-5 win over Cole Kubesh at 125, building a 7-3 lead after one period and not trailing after that.

Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 352-56-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 52 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season. Against strictly Division III opponents, Augsburg is 338-55-1 since the 1979-80 season and 263-45-1 since 1989-90.

Augsburg is now 29-3 in the all-time series against Concordia-Moorhead and has won its last seven duals in a row over the Cobbers.

Kellen Schauer had the lone pin of the day for Concordia, with a 4:35 win over Tanner Kroells (JR, Delano, Minn./Delano HS) at 149.

No 12-ranked 133-pounder Ty Bisek edged Austin Gabbert (FY, Lester Prairie, Minn./Watertown-Mayer HS) by a 4-2 decision, and Bret Wilson scored a 3-0 win over Matt Rogge (FY, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) at 165 for the other Cobber victories.

UP NEXT: Both teams will compete at the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Regional on Feb. 25-26 in Eau Claire, Wis.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 – Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minn.

No. 4/8 Augsburg (4-2) 29, No. –/29 Concordia-Moorhead (6-6) 12
125 – Wyatt Kaczrowski (AUG, 22-13) dec. Cole Kubesh (CON, 4-13) 11-5 (AUGSBURG 3-0)
133 – No. 12 Ty Bisek (CON, 25-4) dec. Austin Gabbert (AUG, 17-12) 4-2 (TIED 3-3)
141 – No. 3 Sam Stuhl (AUG, 20-4) maj. dec. Cade Lundeen (CON, 5-10) 12-3 (AUGSBURG 7-3)
149 – Kellen Schauer (CON, 16-10) pinned Tanner Kroells (AUG, 21-11) 4:35 (CONCORDIA 9-7)
157 – No. 2 Tyler Shilson (AUG, 25-2) tech. fall Tyler Bents (CON, 11-15) 21-3 at 5:18 (AUGSBURG 12-9)
165 – Bret Wilson (CON, 8-12) dec. Matt Rogge (AUG, 21-14) 3-0 (TIED 12-12)
174 – No. 2 Solomon Nielsen (AUG, 25-3) maj. dec. Kaden Spindler (CON, 14-12) 15-2 (AUGSBURG 16-12)
184 – No. 11 Nick Rogge (AUG, 21-3) maj. dec. Ayden Friese (CON, 17-15) 10-1 (AUGSBURG 20-12)
197 – Parker Venz (AUG, 18-11) pinned Connor Chloupek (CON, 8-10) 0:37 (AUGSBURG 26-12)
285 – No. 7 Tyler Kim (AUG, 30-6) dec. Chase Dockter (CON, 12-8) 7-3 (AUGSBURG 29-12)

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