Auggies go 1-2 at NWCA D-III National Duals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Augsburg College wrestling team went 1-2 in its competition at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III National Duals on Saturday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Augsburg (3-2 overall), ranked No. 4 in the latest NWCA Division III national poll, opened with a 24-12 victory over No. 26-ranked Springfield (Mass.), but fell 19-15 to No. 5-ranked Centenary (N.J.) in the quarterfinals. The Auggies were then edged 22-20 by Johnson and Wales (R.I.) in the consolation quarterfinals.

Three Auggies won all three of their matches on the day — No. 4-ranked 125-pounder Mike Fuenffinger (SO, Hibbing, Minn.), 197-pounder Matt Hechsel (SO, Apple Valley, Minn.) and top-ranked heavyweight Chad Johnson (JR, Ferryville, Wis./DeSoto HS).

Fuenffinger improved to 18-2 on the season with three victories, scoring a first-period pin against Centenary and a major-decision against Johnson and Wales. Hechsel improved to 17-5 on the season with three wins, including a technical fall against Springfield and a major-decision win against Johnson and Wales.

Defending NCAA Division III national champion Johnson improved to 19-1 on the season with three wins, including a first-period pin in the victory against Springfield and a second-period pin against Johnson and Wales. Of his 19 victories this season, 14 are bonus-point victories (nine pins, five major decisions). Johnson is now 87-13 in his three seasons at Augsburg.

Augsburg 149-pounder Rashad Kennedy (SO, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley) and 174-pounder Josh Kohler (SR, Monticello, Minn.) won two matches on the afternoon.

Augsburg returns to action next weekend with three events. Next Saturday (1/19) at 9 a.m., the Augsburg White Team (junior varsity) will compete in two meets in Iowa, at the Cornell (Iowa) Matman Open and the Central (Iowa) Invitational. Next Sunday (1/20) at 2 p.m., the Auggie varsity will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for a dual meet at Augustana (S.D.).

Consolation Quarterfinals

Johnson & Wales (R.I., 6-3) 22, No. 4 Augsburg (Minn., 3-2) 20
125 – No. 4 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 18-2) maj. dec. Joe Pronk (JW) 15-4 (Augsburg 4-0)
133 – Justin Colon (JW) dec. No. 5 Tossaporn “Boyd” Suparat (AUG, 13-6) 4-2 (Augsburg 4-3)
141 – Michael Ferinde (JW) maj. dec. Tom Kuehn (AUG, 8-8) 13-4 (Johnson & Wales 7-4)
149 – Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 9-7) dec. Daniel Franco (JW) 6-0 (TIED 7-7)
157 – Everet Desilets (JW) pinned Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 7-9) 0:30 (Johnson & Wales 13-7)
165 – Sean Prell (JW) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 4-9) 3-2 (Johnson & Wales 16-7)
174 – Josh Kohler (AUG, 13-6) dec. Connor Nelson (JW) 5-4 (Johnson & Wales 16-10)
184 – Colin Lenhardt (JW) pinned Noel Sweeney (AUG, 1-2) 0:27 (Johnson & Wales 22-10)
197 – Matthew Hechsel (AUG, 17-5) maj. dec. Blake McNulty (JW) 12-1 (Johnson & Wales 22-14)
HWT – Chad Johnson (AUG, 19-1) pinned George Madosky (JW) 4:12 (Johnson & Wales 22-20)

Quarterfinals

No. 5 Centenary (N.J., 6-1) 19, No. 4 Augsburg (Minn., 3-1) 15
125 – No. 4 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 17-2) pinned Erick Orellana (CC) 2:47 (Augsburg 6-0)
133 – No. 5 Tossaporn “Boyd” Suparat (AUG, 13-5) dec, Zachory Huxford (CC) 4-2 (Augsburg 9-0)
141 – Corey Vernon (CC) dec. Tom Kuehn (AUG, 8-7) 6-0 (Augsburg 9-3)
149 – Craig Montgomery (CC) dec. Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 8-7) 5-3 (Augsburg 9-6)
157 – No. 2 Chris Burdge (CC) maj. dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 7-8) 10-0 (Centenary 10-9)
165 – Owen Vernon (CC) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 4-8) 5-0 (Centenary 13-9)
174 – No. 7 Kevin Dufresne (CC) dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 12-6) 10-3 (Centenary 16-9)
184 – Khalid Shakir (CC) dec. Noel Sweeney (AUG, 1-1) 4-2 (Centenary 19-9)
197 – Matthew Hechsel (AUG, 16-5) dec. Brandon Hull (CC) 14-7 (Centenary 19-12)
HWT – No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 18-1) dec. No. 6 Joseph Zitone (CC) 6-3 (Centenary 19-15)

Round 1

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No. 4 Augsburg (Minn., 3-0) 24, No. 26 Springfield (Mass., 0-1) 12
125 – No. 4 Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 16-2) dec. Tyler Keane (SC) 3-2 (Augsburg 3-0)
133 – Derek Adams (SC) dec. No. 5 Tossaporn “Boyd” Suparat (AUG, 12-5) 5-2 (TIED 3-3)
141 – No. 3 Joseph Grippi (SC) dec. Tom Kuehn (AUG, 8-6) 10-5 (Springfield 6-3)
149 – Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 8-6) dec. Joe Ortiz (SC) 3-2 (TIED 6-6)
157 – Kevin Biscaha (SC) dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 7-7) 1-0 (Springfield 9-6)
165 – No. 8 Derrick Longo (SC) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 4-7) 3-1 (OT-SV1) (Springfield 12-6)
174 – Josh Kohler (AUG, 12-5) maj. dec. James Coutoumas (SC) 14-6 (Springfield 12-10)
184 – Noel Sweeney (AUG, 1-0) dec. Michael Fish (SC) 8-5 (Augsburg 13-12)
197 – Matthew Hechsel (AUG, 15-5) tech. fall Jeremy Burns (SC) 16-0 (Augsburg 18-12)
HWT – No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 17-1) pinned John Gabordi (SC) 2:37 (Augsburg 24-12)

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