Augsburg 45, Concordia-Moorhead 6

Auggies claim 45-6 win over Concordia-Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Winning nine of the ten bouts in the match, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III men’s wrestling, Augsburg University, secured a 45-6 victory over Concordia College-Moorhead on Saturday evening to improve to 10-1 in dual meets this season.

Ranking No. 1 in both the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III tournament and dual-meet national rankings, the Auggies won nine of the ten bouts, including eight straight to finish the match.

The Auggies started the match with a win at 125 pounds when Wyatt Kaczrowski (JR, Seymour, Wis./Seymour HS) secured a 10-0 major decision over Concordia’s Kie Anderson. Kaczrowski is now 19-14 on the season, with 14 bonus-point wins.

After a Cobber pin at 133 pounds gave them a 6-4 lead, No. 6-ranked Sam Stuhl (SR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) restored the lead for Augsburg with an 18-3 technical fall over Gabe Bellefeuille, his fourth technical fall of the season. Stuhl is now 20-4 on the year with 13 wins by bonus-point margins.

No. 3-ranked 141-pounder Charlie Stuhl (JR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) continued the momentum established by his brother with a 9-6 decision over Kellen Schauer, improving to 20-3 on the season.

At 157, No. 5-ranked Blake Jagodzinske (JR, Sherburn, Minn./Martin County West HS) claimed a 10-0 major decision over Alex McPhee to improve to 13-5 overall, earning bonus points in 10 of them.

No. 3-ranked 165-pounder Cooper Willis (SO, Kansasville, Wis./Union Grove HS) carried the bonus-point momentum with an 18-0 technical fall over Elijah Hunt, moving him to 27-1 this season with 17 bonus-point victories.

A string of four straight Auggie pins to end the match started at 174 pounds when No. 3-ranked Seth Goetzinger (JR, Chatfield, Minn./Chatfield HS) pinned Concordia’s Zach Pribyl in 2:37, his seventh pin of the season. Geotzinger is now 24-4 overall this year.

Top-ranked 184-pounder Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (SR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) secured his 21st consecutive win with a pin of Nathaniel Kisgen in 4:45. Schwanebeck-Ostermann is now 24-1 on the season with 21 wins coming via bonus points.

The only bout of the evening featuring two ranked wrestlers, No. 4-ranked 197-pounder Parker Venz (JR, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) pinned No. 12-ranked Gabe Zierden in 4:34, giving Venz his 16th win of the season and 15th by bonus points.

Wrapping up the dual at 285 pounds, No. 4-ranked Tyler Kim (SR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) improved to 22-2 on the season with a 1:08 pin of Concordia’s Mason Swanson.

Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 371-58-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 53 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season. Against strictly Division III opponents, Augsburg is 356-57-1 since the 1979-80 season and 279-47-1 since 1989-90.

Augsburg is now 31-3 all-time against Concordia-Moorhead and has won the last nine meetings in a row between the two schools, dating to the 2014-15 season.

Augsburg’s 10-1 dual-meet finish this season is its best mark since an 11-1 finish in its 2018-19 national title campaign.

Tony Valek is now 33-6 in dual meets in his five years as head coach.

No. 5-ranked Ty Bisek gave the Cobbers their lone win of the night at 133 pounds with a pin of Augsburg’s Chance Suddeth (FY, Stoughton, Wis./Stoughton HS) in 3:44.

Concordia-Moorhead and Augsburg will be back in action at the D-III Upper Midwest Regional on March 1-2 at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Saturday, February 17, 2024 — Memorial Auditorium, Moorhead, Minn.

No. 1/1 Augsburg (10-1) 45, Concordia-Moorhead (6-4) 6
125 — Wyatt Kaczrowski (Augsburg, 19-14) maj. dec. Kie Anderson (CCM, 6-3) 10-0
133 — No. 5 Ty Bisek (CCM, 23-2) pinned Chance Suddeth (Augsburg, 13-7) 3:44
141 — No. 6 Sam Stuhl (Augsburg, 20-4) tech. fall Gabe Bellefeuille (CCM, 9-15) 18-3 at 6:14
149 — No. 3 Charlie Stuhl (Augsburg, 20-3) dec. Kellen Schauer (CCM, 12-8) 5-1
157 — No. 5 Blake Jagodzinske (Augsburg, 13-5) maj. dec. Alex McPhee (CCM, 14-15) 10-0
165 — No. 3 Cooper Willis (Augsburg, 27-1) tech. fall Elijah Hunt (CCM, 18-8) 18-0 at 3:59
174 — No. 3 Seth Goetzinger (Augsburg, 24-4) pinned Zach Pribyl (CCM, 13-9) 2:37
184 — No. 1 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (Augsburg, 24-1) pinned Nathaniel Kisgen (CCM, 14-10) 4:45
197 — No. 4 Parker Venz (Augsburg, 16-5) pinned No. 12 Gabe Zierden (CCM, 31-3) 4:34
285 — No. 4 Tyler Kim (Augsburg, 22-2) pinned Mason Swanson (CCM, 11-8) 1:08

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