Augsburg advances to NWCA D-III National Duals semifinals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Winning 18 of 20 bouts, with 15 coming by bonus-point margins, the top-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team advanced to the semifinals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III National Duals with a pair of victories on Friday afternoon at the UNI-Dome.

The defending NWCA Division III National Duals champions, Augsburg opened its pursuit of its ninth title with a pair of dominating performances, a 49-0 shutout of Cornell College (Iowa) and a 35-10 win over Johnson and Wales (R.I.). Augsburg is ranked No. 1 in the latest NWCA Division III tournament and dual-meet rankings, while Johnson and Wales is ranked eighth in the tournament poll and 10th in the dual-meet poll.

Augsburg scored victories in 18 of the 20 bouts on Friday, with nine bonus-point victories against Cornell (four pins, two technical falls, three major decisions) and six against Johnson and Wales (one technical fall, three major decisions, two forfeits).

At 174 pounds, No. 3-ranked Seth Goetzinger (JR, Chatfield, Minn./Chatfield HS) improved to 19-2 on the season with an 11-2 major decision against Cornell, and a 17-0, third-period pin against Johnson and Wales. Goetzinger now has 13 bonus-point wins (five pins, five technical falls, three major decisions) on the year.

Defending 141-pound national champion Sam Stuhl (SR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS), ranked No. 8 in his weight class, scored a first-period pin in his opener, then claimed a 16-8 major decision to improve to 15-2 on the season, with 11 bonus-point wins (five pins, three technical falls, three major decisions).

Top-ranked 184-pounder Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (SR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) scored a pair of major decisions, including an 11-1 win over No. 8-ranked Ryan DeVivo of Johnson and Wales. He outscored his opponents by a 25-2 margin to improve to 17-1 on the season and 99-29 in his collegiate career. He now has 15 bonus point wins (four pins, six technical falls, five major decisions) on the season and 60 (24 pins, 13 technical falls, 23 major decisions) in his career.

At 165, No. 3-ranked Cooper Willis (SO, Kansasville, Wis./Union Grove HS) scored a 66-second pin in his opening match, then improved to 20-1 on the season with a 9-2 victory in his second match.

Top-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (SR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) moved to 18-0 on the season, scoring his 11th pin of the season in his opening match and benefitting from a forfeit in his second match.

In his first action since Nov. 18, No. 8-ranked 157-pounder Blake Jagodzinske (JR, Sherburn, Minn./Martin County West HS) improved to 9-2 on the season with a 13-4 major decision over No. 15-ranked Jack Richardson of Johnson and Wales.

No. 2-ranked 197-pounder Parker Venz (JR, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) stretched his winning streak to 11 straight matches with a 19-10 major decision win against Cornell, scoring the last nine points of the bout after a 10-10 tie late. Venz is now 14-1 on the season.

Kaden Reetz (SR, Madison, Wis./Madison Memorial HS) also claimed a pin at 157 pounds, while Wyatt Kaczrowski (JR, Seymour, Minn./Seymour HS) and Cole Becker (SO, Albertville, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) had technical falls against Cornell.

Augsburg is now 67-16 in NWCA Division III National Duals competition since 2002. Augsburg also appeared in five NWCA National Duals competitions prior to the 2002 season, when the defending Division III national champion was invited to compete with Division I squads. Augsburg is 72-25 all-time in NWCA National Duals competition.

Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 365-57-1 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 351-56-1 since the 1979-80 season and 274-46-1 since 1989-90.

Augsburg will face No. 6/4 North Central (Ill.) in the semifinals on Saturday (1/6) at 11 a.m. The championship and third-place matches, against either No. 2/2-ranked Wartburg (Iowa) or No. 4/3 Wisconsin-La Crosse, will be at 3 p.m.

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Friday, January 5, 2024 — UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa

No. 1/1 Augsburg (Minn., 3-0) 49, Cornell (Iowa, 4-7) 0
125 — Austin Laudenbach (AUG, 12-8) dec. Jase Van Pelt (COR) 5-3 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 — Wyatt Kaczrowski (AUG, 13-7) tech. fall Christian Diaz (COR) 15-0 at 6:20 (Augsburg 8-0)
141 — No. 8 Sam Stuhl (AUG, 14-2) pinned Andrew Parrish (COR) 2:53 (Augsburg 14-0)
149 — Cole Becker (AUG, 17-4) tech. fall Elliot Cooney (COR) 15-0 at 2:20 (Augsburg 19-0)
157 — Kaden Reetz (AUG, 21-4) pinned Callum McAllister (COR) 1:19 (Augsburg 25-0)
165 — No. 3 Cooper Willis (AUG, 19-1) pinned Logan Pausch (COR) 1:06 (Augsburg 31-0)
174 — No. 3 Seth Goetzinger (AUG, 18-2) maj. dec. Brian Petry (COR) 11-2 (Augsburg 35-0)
184 — No. 1 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (AUG, 16-1) maj. dec. Cael Mclaren (COR) 14-1 (Augsburg 39-0)
197 — No. 2 Parker Venz (AUG, 14-1) maj. dec. Treyten Steffen (COR) 19-10 (Augsburg 43-0)
285 — No. 1 Tyler Kim (AUG, 17-0) pinned Brandon Bray (COR) 2:35 (Augsburg 49-0)

No. 1/1 Augsburg (Minn., 4-0) 35, No. 8/10 Johnson & Wales (R.I., 8-3) 10
125 — No. 11 Harrison Gordon (JWU) maj. dec. Austin Laudenbach (AUG, 12-9) 14-4 (JWU 4-0)
133 — No. 1 Joziah Fry (JWU) pinned Wyatt Kaczrowski (AUG, 13-8) 6:05 (JWU 10-0)
141 — No. 8 Sam Stuhl (AUG, 15-2) maj. dec. Gabriel Leo-Esparolini (JWU) 16-8 (JWU 10-4)
149 — No. 2 Charlie Stuhl (AUG, 14-2) dec. Jordan Suarez (JWU) 11-9 (JWU 10-7)
157 — No. 8 Blake Jagodzinske (AUG, 9-2) maj. dec. No. 15 Jack Richardson (JWU) 13-4 (Augsburg 11-10)
165 — No. 3 Cooper Willis (AUG, 20-1) dec. Patrick Wisniewski (JWU) 9-2 (Augsburg 14-10)
174 — No. 3 Seth Goetzinger (AUG, 19-2) tech. fall Ky’ll Roper (JWU) 17-0 at 5:14 (Augsburg 19-10)
184 — No. 1 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (AUG, 17-1) maj. dec. No. 8 Ryan DeVivo (JWU) 11-1 (Augsburg 23-10)
197 — Tyler Raway (AUG, 18-4) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 29-10)
285 — No. 1 Tyler Kim (AUG, 18-0) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 35-10)

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