No. 3 Augustana earns runner-up finish at NWCA Duals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha edged out a 17-15 victory over No. 3 Augustana in the championship of the NWCA National Duals Sunday afternoon at the Northern Iowa Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The loss for the Vikings came on the heels of an 18-15 win over No. 2 St. Cloud State earlier in the day.

Augustana moves to 5-1.

Augustana rattled off win in the dual’s opening two matches as Al Meger took down Cody Tyler 11-6 at 125 pounds and 133-pounder Jason Jeremiason was a 2-0 winner over Sim Bribieseca.

In a rematch of last year’s national title match at 141 pounds, Augustana’s Jay Sherer came up short against Mario Morgan, falling 4-2 and allowing the Mavericks to open scoring.

Nate Herda pushed the Viking lead to 9-3 with a 7-3 win over No. 1- ranked Esai Dominguez at 149 pounds.

Marcus Edgington nearly picked up another Augustana victory at 157 pounds, but George Ivanov managed an 8-6 win for UNO.

Gavin Nelson followed with a 2-0 win over the Mavericks’ Nathan Sigman at 165 pounds to move the Augustana advantage to 12-6.

Major decision wins at 174 and 184 pounds by UNO in the subsequent matches gave the Mavericks a 14-12 lead.

The Vikings regained their lead after Ty Copsey topped Matt Baker 3-2 at 197 pounds.

Taylor Escamilla came up big for the Mavericks in the heavweight bout, sneaking out a 3-1 win over Lance Peters for the decisive lead change.

It was the third straight NWCA National Duals title for UNO, which is also the defending national champion.

The title tilt was the result of Augustana defeating SCSU in the semifinals earlier in the day.

The Vikings weren’t fancy in knocking off the Huskies, but their five wins by decision were enough to push them past the second-ranked squad in the nation.

Meger (125 pounds), Jeremiason (133 pounds), Sherer (141 pounds), Edgington (157 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) all notched wins.

Augustana will open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual action on Saturday when the Vikings host Minnesota State Moorhead at 7 p.m.

Augustana 18, St. Cloud State 15
125: Alex Meger (Augustana) DEC Zach Stewart (St. Cloud State), 8 – 4
133: Jason Jeremiason (Augustana) DEC Eric Ellington (St. Cloud State), 3 – 1
141: Jay Sherer (Augustana) DEC Gabriel Suarez (St. Cloud State), 6 – 4
149: Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State ) DEC Nate Herda (Augustana), 7 – 5
157: Marcus Edgington (Augustana) DEC John Sundgren (St. Cloud State), 4 – 1
165: Tad Merritt (St. Cloud Stat ) FALL Gavin Nelson (Augustana), 3:30
174: Carl Serck (Augustana) DEC Shamus O’Grady (St. Cloud State), 6 – 4
184: Michael Berg (St. Cloud State) DEC Thomas Davies (Augustana), 9 – 3
197: Tyler Copsey (Augustana) RT, TB Lucas Munkelwitz (St. Cloud State), 2 – 2
285: Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State) DEC Lance Peters (Augustana), 5 – 3

Nebraska-Omaha 17, Augustana 15
125: Alex Meger (Augustana) DEC Cody Tyler (Nebraska-Omaha), 11 – 6
133: Jason Jeremiason (Augustana) DEC Yasiim Bribieseca (Nebraska-Omaha), 2 – 0
141: Mario Morgan (Nebraska-Omaha) DEC Jay Sherer (Augustana), 4 – 2
149: Nate Herda (Augustana) DEC Esai Dominguez (Nebraska-Omaha), 7 – 3
157: George Ivanov (Nebraska-Omaha) DEC Marcus Edgington (Augustana), 8 – 6
165: Gavin Nelson (Augustana) DEC Nathan Sigman (Nebraska-Omaha), 2 – 0
174: Ryan Pankoke (Nebraska-Omaha) MD Carl Serck (Augustana), 11 – 1
184: Aaron Denson (Nebraska-Omaha) MD Matt Morris (Augustana), 16 – 3
197: Tyler Copsey (Augustana) DEC Matt Baker (Nebraska-Omaha), 3 – 2
285: Taylor Escamilla (Nebraska-Omaha) DEC Lance Peters (Augustana), 3 – 1

Augsburg 3rd at NWCA Division III National Duals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The top-ranked Augsburg College wrestling team suffered a 23-13 semifinal loss to No. 4-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse, but rallied for a 27-11 win over No. 6-ranked Ithaca College (N.Y.) in the third-place match of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals, presented by Hibiclens and The Marines, on Sunday at the University of Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome.

Trailing 11-3 after four bouts to Ithaca, the Auggies (4-2 overall) rallied with six straight victories, including two pins, to close the match and claim third place at the 16-team, two-day event.

In the 10-year history of the NWCA Division III National Duals, Augsburg has won the event five times (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), placed second three times (2003, 2004, 2006) and placed third twice (2008, 2011). Augsburg is now 35-5 in its history at the Division III National Duals, and 40-14 all-time in National Duals events (prior to 2002, the defending Division III national titlist was among championship teams invited to compete in the Division I National Duals).

Three Auggie ranked wrestlers had perfect performances on Sunday — No. 2-ranked Orlando Ponce (SR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) at 165, No. 3-ranked Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) at 197 and No. 7-ranked Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) at 184.

With two decisions, including a 5-3 win over No. 6-ranked Cory Ferguson of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Ponce completed a 4-0 weekend at the National Duals, improving to 6-1 overall. Massey also had a 4-0 weekend, with two pins on Saturday and a major decision on Sunday, to improve to 6-1 on the season. Baus claimed a second-period pin against Ithaca to finish the weekend 3-1, improving to 19-4 on the season.

Zach Enrico (JR, Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins HS) claimed his second pin of the season at 157 pounds against Ithaca to spark the Auggie comeback, the first of the Auggies’ six straight wins.

Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS), ranked No. 2 at 174, saw his six-match unbeaten string snapped in a 4-2 loss to top-ranked Michael Schmitz of Wisconsin-La Crosse, but rallied back with a 2-0 win over Ithaca’s No. 6-ranked David Priest to improve to 7-1 on the season.

No. 2-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) claimed his 20th win of the season at 149 with a 4-0 win over No. 4-ranked Matt Mauseth of Wisconsin-La Crosse, but was upset 6-4 by No. 5-ranked Blake Wosczak of Ithaca. Valek is now 20-2 on the year.

Auggie heavyweight Niko Bogojevic (FY, Superior, Wis.) improved to 17-5 on the season with a 7-6 win over Ithaca’s No. 4-ranked Matthew Mahon.

Since 1989-90, the Auggies are now 254-23 against opponents from Divisions II and III, losing just 18 matches to non-Division I teams since the 1995-96 campaign. Against strictly Division III opponents, Augsburg is 254-23 in dual meets since the 1979-80 season and 178-14 since the 1989-90 season.

Augsburg returns to action with split-squad competition next Saturday (1/15), with the varsity competing at the Cornell (Iowa) Matman Open and the White Team (JV) competing at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Worthington Open.


NO. 4 WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE (8-2) 23, NO. 1 AUGSBURG (3-2) 13
125 — 
No. 4 Lloyd McKinney (UWL, 12-6) pinned No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 12-4) 2:37 (UW-La Crosse 6-0)
133 — 
No. 6 Adam Sheley (UWL, 13-2) tech. fall Cody Madsen (AUG, 8-8) 21-4 at 7:00 (UW-La Crosse 11-0)
141 — 
No. 1 Bebeto Yewah (UWL, 12-1) dec. No. 8 Cody Hansen (AUG, 11-3) 9-3 (UW-La Crosse 14-0)
149 — 
No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 20-1) dec. No. 4 Matt Mauseth (UWL, 10-6) 4-0 (UW-La Crosse 14-3)
157 — 
Ryan Farwell (UWL, 5-4) dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 10-10) 3-2 (UW La Crosse 17-3)
165 — 
No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 5-1) dec. No. 6 Cory Ferguson (UWL, 5-5) 5-3 (UW-La Crosse 17-6)
174 — 
No. 1 Michael Schmitz (UWL, 10-3) dec. No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 6-1) 4-2 (UW-La Crosse 20-6)
184 — 
No. 7 Brad Baus (AUG, 18-4) dec. Mitch Artist (UWL, 12-5) 5-0 (UW-La Crosse 20-9)
197 — 
No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 4-0) maj. dec. John Poppie (UWL, 8-7) 11-3 (UW-La Crosse 20-13)
HWT — 
William Mayer (UWL, 9-5) dec. No. 8 Chad Johnson (AUG, 10-7) 6-3 (UW-La Crosse 23-13)

NO. 1 AUGSBURG (4-2) 27, NO. 6 ITHACA (N.Y., 9-2) 11
125 —
 No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 13-4) dec. Dominick Giacolone (IC, 9-7) 3-0 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 — 
No. 5 Seth Ecker (IC, 16-3) tech. fall Cody Madsen (AUG, 8-9) 17-1 at 5:00 (Ithaca 5-3)
141 — 
Jeremy Stierly (IC, 7-0) dec. No. 8 Cody Hansen (AUG, 11-4) 8-3 (Ithaca 8-3)
149 — 
No. 5 Blake Wosczak (IC, 19-2) dec. No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 20-2) 6-4 (Ithaca 11-3)
157 — 
Zach Enrico (AUG, 11-8) pinned Evan Connors (IC, 4-3) 6:57 (Ithaca 11-9)
165 — 
No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 6-1) dec. Nicholas Sanko (IC, 12-5) 11-5 (Augsburg 12-11)
174 — 
No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 7-1) dec. No. 6 David Priest (IC, 16-3) 2-0 (Augsburg 15-11)
184 — 
No. 7 Brad Baus (AUG, 19-4) pinned Josue Mendez (IC, 9-5) 4:10 (Augsburg 21-11)
197 — 
No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 5-0) dec. Shane Bartum (IC, 3-6) 6-1 (Augsburg 24-11)
HWT — 
Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 17-5) dec. No. 4 Matthew Mahon (IC, 14-4) 7-6 (Augsburg 27-11) 

Johnnies Finish Sixth at National Duals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Saint John’s finished sixth out of 16 teams at the esteemed NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals on Sunday, Jan. 9. The Johnnies (11-3 dual record) defeated familiar-foe Concordia-Moorhead 22-21 to advance to the fifth-place dual, which was won by No. 5 Coe (Iowa), 23-18. SJU surrendered six points at the start of each dual due to a forfeit at 125 pounds.

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The Johnnies lost four matches and the forfeit to the No. 7 Cobbers, including two one-point decisions, but still held on for the 22-21 win. Concordia jumped out to a 9-0 lead with a 7-6 decision over junior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) at 133 pounds, before seniors Chris Sandy(Spirit Lake, Iowa) and Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) posted back-to-back pins to give SJU a 12-9 lead. The Cobbers’ Justin Berns, ranked fourth nationally, narrowly escaped senior Drew Larson (Willmar, Minn.) with a 5-4 win due to riding time.

Senior Matt Baarson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) tallied his fourth consecutive major decision of the tournament (13-1) at 165 and juniorMatt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) tallied a 4-2 upset of fourth-ranked Ross Dankers to build a 19-12 lead.

Top-ranked Phil Moenkedick defeated junior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) 8-3 to cut it to 19-15 with two weights to go, but seniorTony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) clinched the win with a 6-1 victory at 197.

Coe took an early 12-0 lead via the forfeit and pin at 133. The Kohawks’ Clayton Rush, the top-ranked wrestler at 125, bumped up to 133 and pinned Henle. Sandy registered a 7-4 win to put SJU on the board before Batsukh collected eight takedowns in an 18-6 major decision over No. 6 James Locke. No. 3 Dale Handley extended Coe’s lead to 16-7 before Baarson and Pfarr combined for seven team points and cut it to 16-14. Steve Rehn edged Baxter 7-2, but Willaert brought the Johnnies to within one point with a major decision at 197. No. 7 Alex Burkle won by major decision, however, over junior John Linn (Foley, Minn.) to seal the win and fifth place for Coe.

Both Baarson and Pfarr ended the tournament with perfect 5-0 records. Four of Baarson’s five victories came by major decision, while Pfarr upset the Nos. 4 and 6 wrestlers in the nation. Baarson’s lone decision of the tournament was a 4-3 win over No. 3 Nick LeClere of Coe.

The Johnnies return to action this Friday, Jan. 14, against No. 2 (Division II) St. Cloud State. The dual is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Sexton Arena in Collegeville.

No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 22, No. 7 Concordia College-Moorhead (CON) 21
125 – Ben Presler (CON) won by forfeit, [0-6]
133 – Daron Hohbein (CON) dec. junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU), 7-6 [0-9]
141 – Senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU) pinned Ben Anderson (CON), 4:08 [6-9]
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) pinned Kevin Fynboh (CON), 4:45 [12-9]
157 – Justin Berns (No. 4, CON) dec. senior Drew Larson (SJU), 5-4 [12-12]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Jordan Bendson (CON), 13-1 [16-12]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) dec. Ross Dankers (No. 4, CON), 4-2 [19-12]
184 – Phil Moenkedick (No. 1, CON) dec. junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8, SJU), 8-3 [19-15]
197 – Senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU) dec. Nate Schmitz (CON), 6-1 [22-15]
Hwt – Tom Bouressa (CON) pinned John Linn (SJU), 5:33 [22-21]

No. 5 Coe College (COE) 23, No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 18
125 – Jimmy Gotto (COE) won by forfeit, [6-0]
133 – Clayton Rush (No. 1 at 125, COE) pinned junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU), 5:17 [12-0]
141 – Senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU) dec. Chris LeClere (COE), 7-4 [12-3]
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) major dec. James Locke (No. 6, COE), 18-6 [12-7]
157 – Dale Handley (No. 3, COE) major dec. senior John Vaith (SJU), 12-3 [16-7]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) dec. Nick LeClere (No. 3, COE), 4-3 [16-10]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) major dec. Jeremy Garvin (COE), 9-1 [16-14]
184 – Steve Rehn (COE) dec. junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8, SJU), 7-2 [19-14]
197 – Senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU) major dec. Ethan Ball (COE), 9-1 [19-18]
Hwt – Alex Burkle (No. 7, COE) major dec. junior John Linn (SJU), 10-2 [23-18]

Norgren’s Pin Propels Mavericks to Seventh-Place Finish

Mavericks Go 1-1 in Final Day of National Duals

Cedar Falls, Iowa – In day number two of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals held in Cedar Falls, Iowa the Minnesota State Mavericks went 1-1 including a 28-13 win over San Francisco State to seal seventh-place at the event.

After going 2-1 in competition yesterday, the Mavericks turned their attention to North Carolina-Pembroke for their first match on Sunday.  The Mavericks found themselves trailing 15-10 after the first eight matches and needed wins from both Brandon Ross and Nate Haynes to complete a comeback victory.  However, the Mavericks would only receive one victory in the final two matches as Haynes won a 7-1 decision over Seth Stewart leaving them six points short in a 19-13 contest.  Aaron Norgren continued his undefeated weekend as he beat Shiheem Bryant 8-3 which gave him a perfect 4-0 record through the first four matches.

The loss meant that the Mavericks would compete against San Francisco State in the tournaments seventh-place match.  With the score knotted at 13-13 through the first seven matches, Norgren would earn a win by fall at the 3:20 mark over Zachariah Jimenez to give the Mavericks a 19-13 lead.  The team would not look back from this point as they won their final two matches as Ross earned a win by forfeit and Haynes won a 4-2 decision over Otilio Gonzalez giving the Mavericks a 28-13 victory.

Norgren finished the tournament a perfect 5-0 including two wins by fall.  Andy Forstner recorded the second-most wins for the Mavericks as he finished with a 4-1 record.

The Mavericks will return to action on January 14th as they host their first NSIC dual of the season against Mary.  Action is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Bresnan Arena.

Gophers Fall in Semis to No. 1 Cornell

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA — Minnesota’s road to the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals title came to an end on Sunday morning when the No. 5 Gophers fell to top-ranked Cornell 20-16 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Minnesota closes out the event with another battle of elite teams against No. 4 Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

The Gophers (8-2 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) started off against the nation’s top team with three wins from Zach Sanders and the Thorn brothers, David and Mike. Sanders, ranked sixth at 125 lbs., scored a 4-3 decision over No. 14 Frank Perrelli before David Thorn added an 8-6 decision over Cornell’s Joe Stanzione at 133 lbs.

Mike Thorn then came on with Minnesota’s largest win of the day, scoring a 9-1 major decision over unranked Mike Nevinger and giving the Gophers a 10-0 lead. Thorn’s win netted Minnesota’s only bonus points of the dual, but it would prove to be inadequate as Cornell rattled off five-straight wins to take a 20-10 lead into the upper weight classes. Danny Zilverberg dropped a 10-0 major decision to No. 2 Kyle Dake at 149 lbs. before Joe Grygelko had to take a medical default against No. 3 D.J. Meaghere in the 157 lbs. matchup. Grygelko briefly lost consciousness while Meghere was attempting a pin and was pulled from the contest. Cornell followed up with wins at 165, 174 and 184 before Minnesota managed to take the final two matches.

At 197 lbs., Joe Nord took down Maciej Jochym via 11-6 decision for his second dual win of the weekend before No. 9 Tony Nelson scored an 11-4 decision over unranked Stryke Lane at 285 lbs.

Continue checking Gophersports.com for coverage of the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

No. 5 Minnesota vs. No. 1 Cornell
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Cedar Falls, Iowa (National Duals Semifinals)

Cornell 20 Minnesota 16
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. No. 14 Frank Perrelli (CU) 4-3
133: David Thorn (MINN) dec. Joe Stanzione (CU) 8-6
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) maj. Mike Nevinger (CU) 9-1
149: No. 2 Kyle Dake (CU) maj. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 10-0
157: No. 3 D.J. Meaghere (CU) med. def. Joe Grygelko (MINN)
165: No. 3 Justin Kerber (CU) dec. No. 7 Cody Yohn (MINN) 9-5
174: No. 2 Mack Lewnes (CU) maj. No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) 12-4
184: No. 4 Steve Bosak (CU) dec. No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 4-0
197: Joe Nord (MINN) dec. Maciej Jochym (CU) 11-6
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Stryker Lane (CU) 11-4

#2 St. Cloud State Takes 3rd Place at NWCA National Duals

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (10-1) captured third place at the 2010 NWCA Division II National Duals on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Huskies gained the third place finish with a 25-9 win over Newberry in the match for third place.

In the big win over Newberry, Gabe Suarez posted a 3-1 win at 141-pounds. The Huskies continued their run to third with a win by Jacob D. Horn at 149-pounds and a 5-0 win by John Sundgren at 157-pounds.

SCSU added a major decision at 165-pounds by Tad Merritt, and Shamus O’Grady added important points with a pin at 174-pounds. To finish the match, Lucas Munkelwitz posted a 3-1 win at 197-pounds and then Jake Kahnke iced the match with a 7-0 win at 285-pounds.

The Huskies gained a spot in the third place match after they dropped a close 18-15 match against NSIC rival Augustana in the semi-finals of the tournament. Augie rolled to wins at 125-, 133- and 141-pounds before Jacob D. Horn posted a 7-5 win at 149-pounds over AC’s Nate Herda.

Tad Merritt charted a 3:30 pin over Gavin Nelson of Augustana at 165-pounds, and Mic Berg notched a 9-3 win at 184-pounds. To finish the match, Jake Kahnke scored a 6-3 win over Lance Peters of AC at 285-pounds.

SCSU now owns a 10-1 record this season, and the Huskies will continue the season on Jan. 14 with a 7:30 p.m. date at St. John’s in Collegeville. On Jan. 15, SCSU will travel to UW-Eau Claire for a 7 p.m. match. Of note, Nebraska-Omaha won the title at the NWCA Duals with a 17-15 victory over Augustana.

3rd Place – St. Cloud State 25, Newberry 9
125 – John McDonald (NEW) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 6-4
133 – William Young (NEW) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 8-4
141 – Gabe Suarez (SCSU) def. Deral Brown (NEW) 3-1
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Dale DeBacco (NEW) 9-4
157 – John Sundgren (SCSU) def. Sean Byrnes (NEW) 5-0
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) major dec. Braden Carter (NEW) 13-0
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) fall Josh Whitelock (NEW) :41
184 – Bryant Blanton (NEW) def. Mic Berg (SCSU) 3-2
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. Zach Anderson (NEW) 3-1
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Corey Anderson (NEW) 7-0

Semifinal Match – Augustana 18, St. Cloud State 15
125 – Alex Meger (AUG) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 9-4
133 -Jason Jeremiason (AUG) def. Eric Ellington (SCSU) 3-1
141 -Jay Sherer (AUG) def. Gabe Suarez (SCSU) 6-4
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Nate Herda (AUG) 7-5
157 – Marcus Eddington (AUG) def. John Sundgren (SCSU) 4-1
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) fall Gavin Nelson (AUG) 3:30
174 – Carl Serck (AUG) def. Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) 6-4
184 – Mic Berg (SCSU) def. Tom Davies (AUG) 9-3
197 – Tyler Copsey (AUG) def. Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) 3-2 (tie breaker)
285 – Jake Kahnke (SCSU) def. Lance Peters (AUG) 6-3