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.

Augsburg 31 MSU-Moorhead 12

Auggies win 6 of 10, top MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Scoring wins in six of 10 bouts, the top-ranked Augsburg College wrestling team claimed a 31-12 triumph over Minnesota State University Moorhead in a dual meet on Wednesday evening at MSUM’s Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Augsburg (1-1 in dual meets), the defending NCAA Division III national champions and top-ranked team in the latest national poll, used three pins and one major decision to score the convincing victory over Division II MSU Moorhead (0-2).

Augsburg leads the all-time series against MSU Moorhead 14-0, a series dating to the 1991-92 season. Since 1989-90, the Auggies are now 251-22 against opponents from Divisions II and III, losing just 17 matches to non-Division I teams since the 1995-96 campaign.

Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West), the defending 149-pound national runner-up and current No. 2-ranked 149-pounder nationally, improved to 9-0 on the season with a third-period pin of Connor MacGregor.

At 197 pounds, Brad Baus (JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) claimed a 1:23 pin of MSUM’s Brian Woelfel to improve to 8-2 on the year, while Brandon Bahr (JR, Bemidji, Minn.) scored a 2:35 pin of Kody Kalkbrenner at 184 pounds.

“We performed well tonight as a team,” said Augsburg head coach Mark Matzek. “We were lead by our upperclassmen, who kept their momentum going from this past weekend. Tony Valek, Brad Baus, Brandon Bahr all ended their matches with falls.”

Augsburg’s Cody Hansen (SO, Albert Lea, Minn.) improved to 7-1 on the season with a 12-3, major-decision win at 141, and Jon Priess (SO, Waconia, Minn.) scored a 6-1 win at 157.

“Cody Hansen wrestled a great match versus a very tough opponent and not only won, but dominated the entire match,” Matzek said. “Jon Priess is starting to get back into the swing of competition after a 5 year stint in the Army Rangers.”

Evan Forde (133), Jacob Bennett (165), Trent Sovde (174) and Jon Swart (HWT) all claimed decision victories for the Dragons.

“The effort was there throughout the entire squad,” Matzek said. “We still must make some adjustments and continue to improve, to be where we want to be at the NWCA National Duals.”

Augsburg returns to action with a pair of meets on Saturday (12/11) at 9 a.m., with the Augsburg varsity competing at the St. Cloud State Open, and the Auggie White Team (junior varsity) competing at the Wartburg (Iowa) Dick Walker Invitational.

No. 1 (D-III) Augsburg 31, Minnesota State Moorhead 12
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, Moorhead, Minn.
Action starts at 141 pounds.

141 — Cody Hansen (AUG, 6-1) maj. dec. Brady Schneeberger (MSUM, 5-6) 12-3 (Augsburg 4-0)
149 — No. 2 Tony Valek (AUG, 9-0) pinned Connor MacGregor (MSUM, 5-6) 6:10 (Augsburg 10-0)
157 — Jon Priess (AUG, 3-5) dec. Tyler Steinwand (MSUM, 4-6) 6-1 (Augsburg 13-0)
165 — Jacob Bennett (MSUM, 10-8) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 4-4) 7-4 (Augsburg 13-3)
174 — Trent Sovde (MSUM, 9-3) dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 5-4) 3-1 (Augsburg 13-6)
184 — Brandon Bahr (AUG, 5-4) pinned Kody Kalkbrenner (MSUM, 5-4) 2:35 (Augsburg 19-6)
197 — Brad Baus (AUG, 8-2) pinned Brian Woelfel (MSUM, 3-5) 1:23 (Augsburg 25-6)
HWT — Jon Swart (MSUM, 6-5) dec. Niko Bogojevic (AUG, 7-2) 2-1 (Augsburg 25-9)
125 — No. 2 Josh Roberts (AUG, 7-3) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 31-9)
133 — Evan Forde (MSUM, 6-6) dec. Cody Madsen (AUG, 4-4) 6-1 (Augsburg 31-12)