Augustana picks up win in first home dual of the season
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 19-ranked Augustana, wrestling for the first time at home this season, defeated Augsburg College 23-13 on Sunday afternoon in Sioux Falls. Augustana (7-3) won six of the 10 bouts, including two major decisions and pin, over Augsburg (3-3) who is ranked seventh in NCAA Division III.
The afternoon started at 184 pounds where Sean Derry got the Vikings off to a fast start pinning Justin Bowland in 2:08 to give Augustana an early 6-0 lead.
Jayd Docken, ranked seventh in the country at 197 pounds, earned a 6-1 decision over Matthew Hechsel to push Augustana’s lead to 9-0 after two bouts.
Augsburg won the next three bouts starting with Chad Johnson’s 11-1 major decision over Brian Schultz. Johnson is ranked first in the country at the NCAA Division III level for Augsburg.
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The Auggies won two straight decisions at 125 and 133 pounds starting with Mike Fuenffinger’s 3-1 overtime decision over TJ North. Tossaporn Suparat followed that with a 4-2 decision over Augustana’s Brandon Chesnut to give Augsburg a 10-9 lead heading into the 141-pound bout.
Brandon Charbonneau put the Vikings back in front 12-10 with a 6-3 decision over Tom Kuehn before Nate Herda extended it to 16-10 with a 12-4 major decision over Rashad Kennedy at 149 pounds.
At 157 pounds, Shawn Hatlestad battled to a 7-1 decision over Kurt Knutsen giving Augustana a 19-10 lead before Parker Swanson put the dual away with a 12-0 major decision over Quinten Strand at 165 pounds.
Augsburg won the 174-pound bout as Josh Kohler earned a 4-2 overtime decision over Tim Weber to bring the final score to 23-13 in favor of the Vikings.
Augustana has a big weekend ahead as the Vikings will host top-ranked St. Cloud State next Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on 13th-ranked Minnesota State on Saturday.
Augsburg returns to action on Saturday (1/26) at 3 p.m. with the Minnesota Duals at Si Melby Hall. Augsburg will face Concordia-Moorhead at 3 p.m., St. John’s at 4:30 p.m. and St. Olaf at 6 p.m.
Augustana 23, Augsburg 13
184 Sean Derry (AUSD) pinned Justin Bowland (AUGS) 2:08
197 Jayd Docken (AUSD) dec. Matthew Hechsel (AUGS) 6-1
285 Chad Johnson (AUGS) maj. dec. Brian Schultz (AUSD) 11-1
125 Mike Fuenffinger (AUGS) sv-1 TJ North (AUSD) 3-1
133 Tossaporn Suparat (AUGS) dec. Brandon Chesnut (AUSD) 4-2
141 Brandon Charbonneau (AUSD) dec. Tom Kuehn (AUGS) 6-3
149 Nate Herda (AUSD) maj. dec. Rashad Kennedy (AUGS) 12-4
157 Shawn Hatlestad (AUSD) dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUGS) 7-1
165 Parker Swanson (AUSD) maj. dec. Quinten Strand (AUGS) 12-0
174 Josh Kohler (AUGS) dec Tim Weber (AUSD) 4-2 sv1