UN-Omaha 21 Augsburg 12

UNO tops Augsburg 21-12

OMAHA, Neb. – Claiming six victories in the match, the University of Nebraska-Omaha scored a 21-12 victory over visiting Augsburg College in a meeting of defending small-college wrestling national champions on Thursday evening at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

Nebraska-Omaha, the defending NCAA Division II national champion, improved to 5-0 on the season with six wins, including a key injury default win at 141 pounds that gave the Mavericks the team lead. Augsburg (5-3 in dual meets) is the defending NCAA Division III national champion and current No. 3-ranked team in the division.

In the biggest win for the Auggies on the night, No. 3-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) scored a 3-2 win over UNO’s top-ranked Esai Dominguez at 149 pounds. In the top position to start the second period, Valek rode Dominguez for the entire two minutes, eventually claiming a 1:39 riding-time advantage for the bout-deciding bonus point. Valek is now 22-2 on the season.

At 197, No. 3-ranked Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 7-0 on the season for the Auggies with a 6-5 win over UNO’s Matt Baker, ranked No. 8 in Division II. Tied at 4-4, Massey scored the eventual bout-winning takedown with 35 seconds left in the third period, and after Baker escaped, Massey claimed the 6-5 victory.

At 165, Augsburg’s No. 2-ranked Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) improved to 10-2 on the season with a 4-1 win over UNO’s Nathan Sigman, using takedowns in the first and third periods to provide the margin of victory.

Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Central HS), ranked No. 5 in Division III, opened the match for the Auggies with an 11-5 win over UNO’s Cody Tyler, using two takedowns, a reversal, a two-point near-fall and 3:15 of riding time to secure the bout win.

One of the key moments in the match came at 141 pounds, as UNO’s No. 2-ranked Mario Morgan claimed an injury-default win over Augsburg’s No. 10-ranked Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) early in the second period. The default gave the Mavericks six team points and a 9-3 lead after three bouts.

The Mavericks claimed two other victories in battles of ranked wrestlers, as No. 3-ranked Ryan Pankoke scored a 5-2 win over No. 2-ranked Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) at 174, and No. 4-ranked Aaron Denson scored an 8-3 win over No. 6-ranked Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) at 184.

At 133, Augsburg’s Boyd Suparat (SO, North Branch, Minn.) suffered a 10-4 loss to Trent Cox. At 157, Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) was edged 5-2 by top-ranked George Ivanov, and at heavyweight, Niko Bogojevic (FY, Superior, Wis.) was topped 4-0 by No. 5-ranked Taylor Escamilla.

Augsburg’s White Team (junior varsity) competes at the Iowa Lakes Community College Laker Open on Saturday (1/22), and the varsity returns to action on Friday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. with a quadrangular meet against Concorda-Moorhead, St. John’s and St. Olaf in Perham, Minn.

No. 1 (D-II) Nebraska-Omaha (5-0) 21, No. 3 (D-III) Augsburg (5-3) 12
125 – No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 14-4) dec. Cody Tyler (UNO, 20-12) 11-5 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 – Trent Cox (UNO, 15-4) dec. Boyd Suparat (AUG, 15-8) 10-4 (TIED 3-3)
141 – No. 2 Mario Morgan (UNO, 16-4) inj. def. No. 10 Cody Hansen (AUG, 15-6) (UNO 9-3)
149 – No. 3 Tony Valek (AUG, 22-2) dec. No. 1 Esai Dominguez (UNO, 24-3) 3-2 (UNO 9-6)
157 – No. 1 George Ivanov (UNO, 18-3) dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 12-14) 5-2 (UNO 12-6)
165 – No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 10-2) dec. Nathan Sigman (UNO, 18-17) 4-1 (UNO 12-9)
174 – No. 3 Ryan Pankoke (UNO, 27-2) dec. No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 12-2) 5-2 (UNO 15-9)
184 – No. 4 Aaron Denson (UNO, 17-5) dec. No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 20-5) 8-3 (UNO 18-9)
197 – No. 2 Jared Massey (AUG, 7-0) dec. No. 8 Matt Baker (UNO) 6-5 (UNO 18-12)
HWT – No. 5 Taylor Escamilla (UNO, 24-10) dec. Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 21-6) 5-0 (UNO 21-12)

Augsburg 36 Waldorf 12

Auggies pin way to win over Waldorf

MINNEAPOLIS — With five of its seven victories by pin, the Augsburg College wrestling team dominated in a 36-12 victory over Waldorf College (Iowa) in a dual meet on Tuesday evening at Augsburg’s Si Melby Hall.

The Auggies, defending NCAA Division III national champions and current No. 3-ranked team in the Division III national polls, improved to 5-2 with the dual-meet win. Waldorf, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA national poll, is now 1-8 in dual meets. It was the first dual meet ever between the two schools.

Augsburg claimed three first-period pins and two second-period pins in the victory, while one of Waldorf’s three victories came by pin.

Augsburg’s Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS), ranked No. 2 nationally at 174 pounds, converted an early takedown into a 52-second pin of Gabe Vasquez (SO, El Paso, Texas) in the quickest match-ender of the night. Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.), ranked No. 6 at 184, followed Molitor’s pin with a 1:16 pin of Josh Ellingwood (FY, Plainfield, Ill.).

Augsburg also claimed back-to-back-to-back pins early in the match, as Boyd Suparat (SO, North Branch, Minn.) built a 14-3, second-period lead before claiming a 3:41 pin of Jeff Ohnemus (JR, Nodaway Valley, Iowa) at 133, and No. 10-ranked Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) built a 12-1 lead at 141 before scoring a 3:22 pin of Ben Seglin (SO, Las Vegas, Nev.). No. 3-ranked Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) improved to 21-2 on the season with a 1:36 pin of Bryce Robbins (FY, Tucson, Ariz.) at 149 pounds.

In the only meeting of ranked wrestlers on the night, Augsburg’s No. 3-ranked Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) improved to 6-0 on the season, using an early takedown and a second-period escape to score a 3-2 win over Waldorf’s No. 6-ranked Jeff Roman (SR, Miami, Fla.) at 197.

In the final match of the evening, heavyweight Chad Johnson (FY, Ferryville, Wis./De Soto HS) improved to 13-7 on the year, taking advantage of two takedowns and 2:51 of riding time to score a 6-0 win over Waldorf’s Jacob Combs (JR, Whittemore, Iowa).

Waldorf’s Venel Rene (SR, Miami, Fla.), ranked No. 11 at 125, scored a 3:28 pin of Augsburg’s Jesse Hylton (SO, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS). Jeremy Padilla (JR, Henderson, Nev.) claimed a 6-3 win over Augsburg’s Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) at 157, and the Warriors’ No. 7-ranked Rashad Moss (JR, LaGrange, Ga.) collected a 5-3 win over Justin Bowland (FY, Foley, Minn.) at 165.

Augsburg returns to action on Thursday (1/20) night at 7 p.m. with a dual meet at Nebraska-Omaha, the defending NCAA Division II national champions and top-ranked team in the Division II national poll.

No. 3 (NCAA Div. III) Augsburg (Minn., 5-2) 36, No. 16 (NAIA) Waldorf (1-8) 12
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Action begins at 125 pounds. Time of match: 1:03. Attendance: 141.
Official: Tim Shiels.

125 – No. 11 Venel Rene (WAL) pinned Jesse Hylton (AUG, 4-7) 3:28 (Waldorf 6-0).
133 — Boyd Suparat (AUG, 15-8) pinned Jeff Ohnemus (WAL) 3:41 (TIED 6-6).
141 – No. 10 Cody Hansen (AUG, 15-5) pinned Ben Seglin (WAL) 3:22 (Augsburg 12-6)
149 – No. 3 Tony Valek (AUG, 21-2) pinned Bryce Robbins (WAL) 1:36 (Augsburg 18-6).
157 — Jeremy Padilla (WAL) dec. Jon Priess (AUG, 12-13) 6-3 (Augsburg 18-9).
165 — No. 7 Rashad Moss (WAL) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 9-12) 5-3 (Augsburg 18-12).
174 – No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 12-1) pinned Gabe Vasquez (WAL) 0:52 (Augsburg 24-12).
184 – No. 6 Brad Baus (AUG, 20-4) pinned Josh Ellingwood (WAL) 1:16 (Augsburg 30-12).
197 – No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 6-0) dec. No. 6 Jeff Roman (WAL) 3-2 (Augsburg 33-12).
HWT – Chad Johnson (AUG, 13-7) dec. Jacob Combs (WAL) 6-0 (Augsburg 36-12).

Augsburg JV 57, Waldorf JV 0
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Action begins at 125 pounds. Time of match: 0:29.
Official: Dan Roff.

125 – Ky Olsen (AUG, 5-8) maj. dec. Lino Lopez (WAL) 8-0 (Augsburg 4-0).
133 — Mike Orange (AUG, 14-10) tech. fall Daris Leopaul (WAL) 17-2 at 7:00 (Augsburg 9-0).
141 – Ryan Cook (AUG, 7-9) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 15-0).
149 – Will Keeter (AUG, 15-9) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 21-0).
157 — Tommy Teigen (AUG, 7-1) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 27-0).
165 — Tony Castro (AUG, 8-8) pinned Rob Copeland (WAL) 0:48 (Augsburg 33-0).
174 – Brandon Bahr (AUG, 20-9) pinned Brock Binversie (WAL) 2:44 (Augsburg 39-0).
184 – Spencer Flodeen (AUG, 1-2) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 45-0).
197 – Alex Krautkremer (AUG, 3-6) vs. Andrew Hartshorn (WAL) 1:57 (Augsburg 51-0).
HWT – Niko Bogojevic (AUG 21-5) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 57-0).

Cornell Matman Invitational

Auggies compete in Iowa meets

MT. VERNON, Iowa — The Augsburg College wrestling team competed in two events on Saturday, with the Auggie varsity earning three individual titles/co-titles at the Cornell (Iowa) Matman Invitational, and the White Team (junior varsity) earning a second-place and two third-place finishes at the Central (Iowa) Invitational.

With just 11 wrestlers competing in six weight classes, the Auggies finished second in the 10-team Cornell meet with 91.0 points. Eight of the 11 Auggies earned top-five finishes at the meet.

Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS), ranked No. 2 nationally at 174 pounds, dominated his opponents to win his weight class at the Cornell meet, with pins in his first three matches leading up to a 6-0 triumph in the championship match. Molitor is now 11-1 on the season.

At heavyweight, two Auggie first-year wrestlers shared the title, with Niko Bogojevic (FY, Superior, Wis.) going 3-0 and Chad Johnson (FY, Ferryville, Wis./DeSoto HS) going 2-0 with a pin. Bogojevic is now 20-5 on the season, while Johnson is 12-7.

Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS), ranked No. 2 nationally at 165, went 3-1 on the day to place second, with his lone loss a 3-1, overtime defeat to No. 5-ranked Josh Terrell of Dubuque (Iowa). Ponce had a pin in his opening match and is now 9-2 on the season.

Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.), ranked No. 10 nationally at 141, went 3-1 to finish second, with a 15-0, second-period  technical fall and two pins, as he improved to 14-5 on the year.

Also at the Cornell meet, Boyd Suparat (SO, North Branch, Minn.) placed third and Mike Orange (SO, Southfield, Mich.) placed fourth at 133, and Brandon Bahr (JR, Bemidji, Minn.) placed fifth at 174.

At the Central Invitational, Pat Fletcher (JR, Shelton, Neb.) placed second at heavyweight, while Alex Johnson (JR, Foxhome, Minn./Breckenridge HS) placed third at 133 and Nathan Lexvold (JR, Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) placed third at 141.

Augsburg returns to action with a dual meet against Waldorf (Iowa) on Tuesday (1/18) at Si Melby Hall. White Team action begins at 6 p.m., with varsity action following at 7:30 p.m.

Central Invitational
Augsburg Individual Results:
125 – Jesse Hylton 2-2, Ky Olsen 1-2
133 – Alex Johnson 4-1 (3rd), Cody Madsen 1-2
141 – Nathan Lexvold 5-1 (3rd), Will Keeter 3-2, Ryan Cook 1-2
157 – Tommy Teigen 2-2
165 – Justin Bowland 1-2
174 – Josh Jacobson 3-2, Jackson Mboma 2-2, Spencer Flodeen 0-2
184 – Alex Krautkremer 2-2
HWT – Patrick Fletcher 3-1 (2nd), Nick Creamier 2-2

Central Invitational Results/Backets

Cornell Matman Invitational
Augsburg Individual Results:
133 – Boyd Suparat 6-1 (3rd), Mike Orange 5-2 (4th)
141 – Cody Hansen 3-1 (2nd)
157 – Jon Priess 2-2, Jordan Campa 2-2, Tony Castro 1-2
165 – Orlando Ponce 3-1 (2nd)
174 – Zach Molitor 4-0 (1st), Brandon Bahr 5-2 (5th)
HWT – Niko Bogojevic 3-0 (co-1st), Chad Johnson 2-0 (co-1st)

2011 Cornell Matman Invitational

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) 

Auggies reach National Duals semifinals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Winning 16 of 20 bouts on the day, the top-ranked Augsburg College wrestling team reached the semifinals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals, presented by Hibiclens and The Marines, on Saturday at the University of Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome.

Augsburg (3-1 in dual meets), the defending NCAA Division III national champions and current No. 1-ranked team in the Division III national poll, shut out No. 29-ranked Luther (Iowa) 45-0 in the opening match on Saturday, then scored a 23-13 win over No. 10-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the quarterfinals.

Augsburg will face No. 4-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse in the semifinals on Sunday (1/9) at 11 a.m. at the UNI-Dome. The championship and third-place matches will be at 3 p.m.

The 11-time national champion Auggies are attempting to become the first team to win three straight championships at the NWCA Division III National Duals, an event in its 10th year. Augsburg has won five of the previous nine National Duals titles, while perennial rival Wartburg (Iowa) has won four titles.

The Auggies are now 34-4 in their Division III National Duals history (39-13 in all National Duals matches), with a current streak of 11 straight victories. In its 38 Division III National Duals meets, Augsburg has outscored its competition by a 1,177-to-349 margin, an average score of 31.0 to 9.2.

Jared Massey (SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS), the No. 3-ranked wrestler nationally at 197 pounds, scored two first-period pins on the day for the Auggies, including the lone pin in the victory over Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Five other Auggies also won both their matches on the day. No. 2-ranked 149-pounder Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) improved to 19-1 on the season with two victories, while No. 2-ranked 174-pounder Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) had a first-period pin and a 10-1, major-decision win on the day. He is now 6-0 on the year.

No. 2-ranked Orlando Ponce (SR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) improved to 4-1 on the year with a major decision and a 3-2 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s No. 7-ranked Jordan Schulte. No. 5-ranked 125-pounder Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Grand Forks Central HS) improved to 12-3 with two wins, including a major decision and a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s No. 6-ranked Joe Mileski. Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.), ranked No. 8 at 141, also scored two wins, including a major decision, to improve to 11-2 on the year.


NO. 1 AUGSBURG (2-1) 45, NO. 29 LUTHER (IOWA, 4-5) 0
125 — 
No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 11-3) maj. dec. Daniel Mendoza (LUT, 8-5) 10-2 (Augsburg 4-0)
133 — 
Cody Madsen (AUG, 8-6) pinned Louis Mazetta (LUT, 7-9) 3:04 (Augsburg 10-0)
141 — 
No. 8 Cody Hansen (AUG, 10-2) dec. Kevin Bokoski (LUT, 8-1) 6-2 (Augsburg 13-0)
149 — 
No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 18-1) dec. Jason Pyle (LUT, 0-1) 7-2 (Augsburg 16-0)
157 — 
Jon Priess (AUG, 10-0) maj. dec. Jacob Seibert (LUT, 3-6) 8-0 (Augsburg 20-0)
165 — 
No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 3-1) maj. dec. Jarid Groth (LUT, 9-9) 19-11 (Augsburg 24-0)
174 — 
No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 5-0) pinned Nick Jazdzewski (LUT, 9-8) 1:49 (Augsburg 30-0)
184 — 
No. 7 Brad Baus (AUG, 17-3) pinned Matt Fassbinder (LUT, 5-8) 2:35 (Augsburg 36-0)
197 — 
No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 2-0) pinned Braden Reyerson (LUT, 2-2) 1:27 (Augsburg 42-0)
HWT — 
Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 16-5) dec. Colin White (LUT, 4-3) 7-2 (Augsburg 45-0)

NO. 1 AUGSBURG (3-1) 23, NO. 10 WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT (5-3) 13
125 — 
No. 5 Josh Roberts (AUG, 12-3) dec. No. 6 Joe Mileski (UWSP, 5-2) 4-1 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 — 
Jordan Kust (UWSP,7-6) dec. Cody Madsen (AUG, 8-7) 6-2 (TIED 3-3)
141 — 
No. 8 Cody Hansen (AUG, 11-2) maj. dec. Shane Sweeney (UWSP, 4-8) 8-0 (Augsburg 7-3)
149 — 
No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 19-1) dec. Kris Magruder (UWSP, 9-3) 4-1 (Augsburg 10-3)
157 — 
Ben Strobel (UWSP, 8-5) dec. Zach Enrico (AUG, 10-8) 5-3 (Augsburg 10-6)
165 — 
No. 2 Orlando Ponce (AUG, 4-1) dec. No. 7 Jordan Schulte (UWSP, 7-3) 3-2 (Augsburg 13-6)
174 — No. 2 Zach Molitor (AUG, 6-0) maj. dec. Ryan Conat (UWSP, 9-5) 10-1 (Augsburg 17-6)
184 — 
No. 2 Ben Engelland (UWSP, 11-0) maj. dec. No. 7 Brad Baus (AUG, 17-4) 9-0 (Augsburg 17-10)
197 — 
No. 3 Jared Massey (AUG, 3-0) pinned Chad Gregory (UWSP, 2-1) 2:45 (Augsburg 23-10)
HWT — 
Matt Cuadra (UWSP, 5-3) dec. No. 8 Chad Johnson (AUG, 10-6) 6-4 (OT-SV) (Augsburg 23-1 

Auggies back in top spot in national rankings

MINNEAPOLIS — The 11-time national champion Augsburg College wrestling team has returned to the No. 1 spot in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, and will be the top-ranked team in this weekend’s NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals, presented by Hibiclens and The Marines, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Augsburg will attempt to become the first school to win three straight titles in the 10-year history of the NWCA Division III National Duals. Action begins on Saturday at 9 a.m., as Augsburg faces No. 29-ranked Luther (Iowa), and will face either No. 10-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point or No. 12-ranked Cornell (Iowa) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Action will continue both Saturday and Sunday at the UNI-Dome, with the Division III championship match slated for Sunday at 3 p.m.

All 16 teams in the Division III field are ranked in the top 30 in the latest Division III national poll, with the top seven ranked teams all represented in the field.

Since the NWCA began the Division III National Duals in 2002, the trophy has rested at either Augsburg or Wartburg (Iowa). Augsburg has won the title five times (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), while Wartburg has won the crown four times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008).

Augsburg is 32-4 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 37-13 all-time in NWCA National Duals competition. In its 36 Division III National Duals meets, Augsburg has outscored its competition by a 1,109-336 margin, an average score of 30.8 to 9.3.

After winning its 11th NCAA Division III national title last March, the Auggies opened the 2010-11 campaign in the top spot in the NWCA Brute/Adidas Division III national rankings. But after a 25-6 loss to Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 24, the Auggies slipped to the No. 6 spot in the rankings in the third and fourth polls of the season.

However, with the return to the Auggie lineup of three All-Americans who will compete in the second semester — 165-pounder Orlando Ponce (SR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS), 174-pounder Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) and 197-pounder Jared Massey(SR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) — and an outstanding performance at the Florida Citrus Open on Dec. 29-30, the Auggies have returned to the top spot in the national polls.

Eight individuals are ranked in the top 10 in their weight classes, including three wrestlers at No. 2 — 149-pounder Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West), Ponce at 165 and Molitor at 174. Massey is ranked No. 3 at 197. Josh Roberts (SO, Grand Forks, N.D./Grand Forks Central HS) is ranked No. 5 at 125, Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) is ranked No. 7 at 184, Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) is ranked No. 8 at 184 and Chad Johnson (FY, Ferryville, Wis./DeSoto HS) is ranked No. 8 at heavyweight.