No. 14 Augustana Wrestling Flattens No. 22 SMSU on Sunday Afternoon
MARSHALL, Minn.–The No. 14 Augustana wrestling team defeated the No. 22 Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs 36-3 in an NSIC matchup on Sunday afternoon. The Vikings improve to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in NSIC action. SMSU drops to 1-5 overall and 1-5 in conference action.
Jaxson Rohman won via forfeit at 125 pounds for the Vikings, starting Augustana off with a 6-0 lead.
At 133 pounds, John Babineau showed a dominating performance through seven minutes, earning a 14-0 major decision victory. Babineau used a takedown, two four-point nearfalls, a reversal, a penalty point and a point for riding time in his eighth victory of the season.
A last-second four-point nearfall was what Kade Sammons needed to defeat SMSU’s Hunter Pfantz at 141 pounds. Sammons logged a takedown, an escape and a reversal between the second and third periods to lead 5-4 over Pfantz. With under thirty seconds left in the third period, Sammons used a four-point nearfall to solidify the 9-4 decision win.
Competing at 149 pounds, Kyle Boeke picked up the 12-3 major decision victory to push Augustana’s lead to 17-0 over the Mustangs. Boeke totaled three takedowns in the first period to take an early 6-3 lead. The redshirt freshman added two more takedowns and an escape for the victory.
Miles Fitzgerald saw a victory at 157 pounds, defeating Sean Howk in a narrow 3-2 decision win. Fitzgerald used an escape in the second period and a takedown in the third period in the win.
At 174 pounds, Jacob Tvinnereim added six points to Augustana’s team score with a fall at 3:48. The score was 2-0 in Tvinnereim’s favor with one takedown prior to the pin.
Danny Reynolds logged Augustana’s seventh win of the dual in a 6-4 decision victory. Reynolds totaled two takedowns, an escape, a penalty point, and a point for riding time to earn three team points for the Vikings.
Wrestling at 197 pounds, Max Ramberg defeated Carter Marx by way of a 12-2 major decision. Ramberg generated his points with three takedowns, an escape and a four-point nearfall. The win is the 15th of the season for the freshman.
Closing out the dual at 285 pounds, Zach Peterson used a takedown and a point for riding time in a 3-1 decision win. The match was scoreless through the first two periods of action before Peterson started the scoring.
Lucas Hodges picked up the sole victory for the Mustangs, defeating Payton Anderson by a 4-2 decision at 165 pounds.
“Although the score doesn’t reflect it, this team showed heart, passion, and tenacity.” Said second-year SMSU head coach Chayse Jackson. “Against another top 15 program, we showed up and had great individual matches. The crowd was involved, the bench was rowdy, and the matches were close. Hats off to those who came to support us on our game of the year. It’s time to reset, regroup, and get after it next week in preparation for our final home duals of the year”
Augustana 36, Southwest Minnesota State 3
125: No. 5 Jaxson Rohman (AUG) over (SMSU) (For.)
133: John Babineau (AUG) over Ben Emrich (SMSU) (MD 14-0)
141: Kade Sammons (AUG) over Hunter Pfantz (SMSU) (Dec 9-4)
149: Kyle Boeke (AUG) over Tyler Soltau (SMSU) (MD 12-3)
157: No. 10 Miles Fitzgerald (AUG) over Sean Howk (SMSU) (Dec 3-2)
165: Lucas Hodges (SMSU) over Payton Anderson (AUG) (Dec 4-2)
174: Jacob Tvinnereim (AUG) over Elijah Sterner (SMSU) (Fall 3:48)
184: Danny Reynolds (AUG) over Kevin Bostwick (SMSU) (Dec 6-4)
197: Max Ramberg (AUG) over Carter Marx (SMSU) (MD 12-2)
285: Zach Peterson (AUG) over Jacob Dykes (SMSU) (Dec 3-1)
184 – Gavin Gulbranson (AUGIE) over Nye Becker (SMSU) (Fall 5:54)
285 – Edward Hajas (AUGIE) over German Fitzgerald (SMSU) (DQ 4:46)
The Vikings return to the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Friday night to take on the UMary Marauders in an NSIC matchup. The dual is slated to begin at 8 p.m. The Mustangs host Minot State on Friday, February 3rd.