Minnesota 19 South Dakota State 16

Gophers Win Final Four Bouts to Complete Comeback Over SDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D. – With their backs against the wall, trailing 16-7 with four bouts remaining, the University of Minnesota wrestling program rattled off four-straight decision victories to complete the comeback and beat No. 24 South Dakota State by a score of 19-16.

It was Minnesota’s second comeback win in as many weeks as the lightweights once again made up the halftime deficit to pull out the win for the Maroon & Gold, highlighted by a huge upset win for redshirt freshman Vance VomBaur at 141 pounds. The Gophers would win six of the ten bouts in the dual.

The dual began at 157 pounds, where it would be Sebas Swiggum who dropped a close 8-4 decision after losing the final takedown exchange late in the match. Swiggum wrestled in place of Brayton Lee, who was listed in the probable starters lineup but was a late scratch for the dual.

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Augsburg 19 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 15

Auggies rally for 19-15 win over Blugolds

MINNEAPOLIS — Trailing 12-3 after the opening four bouts, the No. 2-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team rallied with five wins in the last six bouts to secure a 19-15 dual-meet victory on Saturday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Starting the match at 165 pounds, the Auggies dropped three of their first four bouts to fall behind 12-3, with only No. 7-ranked 184-pounder Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) getting a victory, a 6-2 triumph over No. 15-ranked Niall Schoenfelder. Schwanebeck-Ostermann improved to 8-2 on the season with the victory.

The Auggie comeback kicked into gear when No. 3-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) converted a third-period escape and a takedown with 33 seconds left for a 3-0 win over Jackson Schichel. Turning over to 125, Wyatt Kaczrowski (SO, Seymour, Wis./Seymour HS) built a 3-0 lead after two periods and held on for a 4-2 win over Carter Schulz to cut the Blugold lead to 12-9.

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University of Minnesota 19 Binghamton 15

Gopher Lightweights Fuel 19-15 Victory over Binghamton

MINNEAPOLIS – After trailing 12-6 at the break, the University of Minnesota wrestling program won four of the last five bouts to down Binghamton by a score of 19-15.

The comeback for the Maroon & Gold was fueled by a pair of debut wins in the second half, as both Troy Spratley and Aaron Nagao earned pivotal wins in their first career starts. The Gophers would finish the dual winning six of ten matches.

“It was a slow start for sure, but I thought the second half of the lineup did a really good job for us,” coach Eggum said. “We fell into a little bit of a trap where we had a hard time engaging, and we struggled taking shots from distance and getting into scrambles. The goal is just to get better every week. We did some things well today and there’s things we definitely need to work on. We had some guys wrestle well when we needed them, and we’ll look to improve in some of these positions as the season rolls on.”

The dual would kick off at 165 pounds, as Andrew Sparks opened the dual with a 3-2 decision win over Dimitri Gamkrelidze. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Sparks elected to go neutral and converted a takedown in the final frame to take the decision win.

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