MOORHEAD, Minn. — Winning six straight bouts after an early deficit, the Augsburg College wrestling team rallied for a 25-12 dual-meet victory over Minnesota State University-Moorhead on Thursday evening at Alex Nemzek Hall.
Trailing 8-4 after three bouts, Augsburg’s middleweights turned the momentum around, scoring six straight victories, including three major-decision wins, to clinch the dual-meet victory.
Alex Wilson (SO, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS), ranked No. 10 in the latest Division III national rankings at 149 pounds, started the Auggie rally with a 9-4 victory, improving to 9-0 in the process.
Grant Parker (SR, Onalaska, Wis.), ranked No. 10 nationally at 157, scored an 8-0, major-decision win, followed by a 12-2 major-decision win by Brady McFarland (SO, Windlake, Wis./Muskego HS) at 165 to give the Auggies a 15-8 advantage. Parker and McFarland are both 7-2 overall.
Austin Boniface (SR, Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS) scored a 4-0 win at 174, and Owen Webster (FY, Shakopee, Minn.) clinched the dual victory with a 14-4, major-decision win at 184. The Auggie rally was capped by a 6-0 win by Logan Hortop (SR, Faribault, Minn.) at 197.
Victor Gliva (FY, Farmington, Minn.) opened the match with a 12-1, major-decision victory for the Auggies at 125 pounds, improving to 8-1 on the season.
Augsburg outscored MSU-Moorhead by a 70-50 margin in winning the dual meet and improving to 5-0 overall.
Augsburg is ranked No. 8 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, while MSU-Moorhead is tied for the No. 25 spot in the preseason Division II national rankings.
Against opponents from Divisions II and III, Augsburg is now 305-47-1 in dual meets since the 1989-90 season. Augsburg has lost just 43 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season.
Augsburg claimed its 17th straight dual-meet victory over MSU-Moorhead and is now 18-1 in the all-time series against the Dragons, dating to the 1984-85 season. It was the first time the teams have met in a dual since the 2013-14 campaign.
In the only meeting of ranked wrestlers, MSU-Moorhead’s Blake Bosch, ranked No. 4 in the Division II national rankings at 133, scored a second-period, 19-3 technical fall of Augsburg’s Sam Bennyhoff (SO, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS), ranked No. 4 in Division III.
Kristian Vazquez scored a 9-2 win over Mike Hayes (SO, Oconomowoc, Wis./Kettle Moraine HS) at 141, and Nader Abdullatif claimed a 12-0, major-decision win over Ethan Hofacker (FY, Spring Valley, Wis.) at heavyweight.
Augsburg competes at the St. Cloud State Husky Open on Saturday (12/10) at 9 a.m. MSU-Moorhead competes at the Vegas Duals on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 — Alex Nemzek Hall, Moorhead, Minn.