Augsburg 40 Concordia 12

Auggies pin their way to 40-12 victory

MINNEAPOLIS — Scoring pins in five of eight bout victories, including the last four in a row, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team closed its 2022-23 regular season with a 40-12 dual-meet victory over Concordia College-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon.

Augsburg, the No. 3-ranked team in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Division III tournament rankings and No. 2 in the dual-meet rankings, trailed Concordia 12-6 after the opening three bouts of the dual, but won the final seven bouts, including a major decision and four pins, to score the meet win. Concordia entered the match ranked No. 24 in the NWCA dual-meet rankings.

The Auggies claimed 14 takedowns to Concordia’s three, adding two reversals and four near-falls in the dual.

No. 10-ranked 174-pounder Seth Goetzinger (SO, Chatfield, Minn./Chatfield HS) started the end-of-match pin run for the Auggies with a 3:22 win over Concordia’s Alex Rapelje, earning his 12th pin of the year and improving to 21-6 on the season. Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS), ranked No. 4 at 184, improved to 25-5 with his ninth pin, ending his match with Connor Chloupek with three seconds left in the second period.

At 197, No. 7-ranked Parker Venz (SO, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) scored his team-leading 18th pin of the season, moving to 23-6 with a 3:12 win over 2021 national runner-up Gabe Zierden. No. 6-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (SR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) improved to 30-1 on the year and 99-21 in his career with his 15th pin, ending his match with Mason Swanson in 1:24. The pin was Kim’s 46th of his college career.

Derek Steele (SO, Winthrop, Minn./Sibley East HS) opened the dual with his sixth pin of the season, a 1:31 win over Kie Anderson.

No. 2-ranked 157-pounder Tyler Shilson (SR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) pulled away in the final two periods in a 14-1 major-decision win over Tyler Bents, using a takedown and four-point near-fall in the second period, and a pair of takedowns in the third, to score the win. Now 23-3 on the season, Shilson now has 18 bonus-point wins (two major decisions, 12 technical falls, five pins).

No. 5-ranked 165-pounder Cooper Willis (FY, Kansasville, Wis./Union Grove HS) used an escape in the second period and a takedown in the third period to score a 3-0 win over Elijah Hunt, improving to 24-6 on the season. Lucas Jagodzinske (FY, Sherburn, Minn./Martin County West HS) improved to 30-8 with a 7-2 triumph over Jacob Prunty at 149.

No. 5-ranked 133-pounder Ty Bisek improved to 25-1 with a 4:28 pin of Cade Willis (SO, Kansasville, Wis./Union Grove HS), and 141-pounder Cade Lundeen turned a reversal into a 1:31 pin of No. 5-ranked Sam Stuhl (JR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS).

Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 361-57-1 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 347-56-1 since the 1979-80 season and 270-46-1 since 1989-90.

Against fellow Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools, Augsburg is now 216-7 since the 1975-76 season. Augsburg is now 30-3 in the all-time series against Concordia-Moorhead, and has won its last eight duals in a row over the Cobbers.

Suaturday’s dual was the final collegiate home event for five Augsburg seniors — Shilson, Kim, Brady Gross (SR, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley HS), Tanner Kroells (SR, Delano, Minn./Delano HS) and Erick Ramos (SR, Coon Rapids, Minn./Coon Rapids HS).

Augsburg will attempt to qualify wrestlers to the NCAA Division III National Championships at the Upper Midwest Regional, to be held Feb. 25-26 at Concordia University-Wisconsin in Mequon, Wis. Concordia hosts St. John’s on Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 • Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Attendance: 151 • Official: Spencer Beech

No. 3/2 Augsburg (9-1) 40, No. –/24 Concordia-Moorhead (6-4) 12
125 — Derek Steele (AUG, 15-7) pinned Kie Anderson (CON, 10-8) 1:31 (Augsburg 6-0)
133 — No. 5 Ty Bisek (CON, 25-1) pinned Cade Willis (AUG, 17-10) 4:28 (TIED 6-6)
141 — Cade Lundeen (CON, 23-5) pinned No. 5 Sam Stuhl (AUG, 29-4) 1:31 (Concordia 12-6)
149 — Lucas Jagodzinske (AUG, 30-8) dec. Jacob Prunty (CON, 20-11) 7-2 (Concordia 12-9)
157 — No. 2 Tyler Shilson (AUG, 23-3) maj. dec. Tyler Bents (CON, 16-7) 14-1 (Augsburg 13-12)
165 — No. 5 Cooper Willis (AUG, 24-6) dec. Elijah Hunt (CON, 12-12) 3-0 (Augsburg 16-12)
174 — No. 10 Seth Goetzinger (AUG, 21-6) pinned Alex Rapelje (CON, 9-4) 3:22 (Augsburg 22-12)
184 — No. 4 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (AUG, 25-5) pinned Connor Chloupek (CON, 12-10) 4:57 (Augsburg 28-12)
197 — No. 7 Parker Venz (AUG, 23-6) pinned Gabe Zierden (CON, 24-6) 3:12 (Augsburg 34-12)
285 — No. 6 Tyler Kim (AUG, 30-1) pinned Mason Swanson (CON, 14-10) 1:24 (Augsburg 40-12)

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