No. 7 St. John’s 18, No. 2 Augsburg 13MINNEAPOLIS (11/25/08) — Claiming wins in six of 10 bouts, the St. John’s University wrestling team snapped a 22-match losing streak to Augsburg College with an 18-13 dual-meet victory on Wednesday night at Augsburg’s Si Melby Hall.
The Johnnies (5-0 overall), ranked No. 7 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, won for the first time over the No. 2-ranked Auggies (0-1 overall) since the 1985-86 season. Augsburg is 28-2 in dual meets against St. John’s since 1979. The St. John’s victory also broke two other Augsburg winning streaks — a streak of 70 straight victories over Minnesota Division II or III opponents since 1996, and a streak of 92 straight victories over Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes stretching to the 1986-87 season.
Augsburg, winners of 10 of the last 18 Division III national titles, is now 228-20 against Divisions II and III teams since the 1989-90 season, losing just 15 matches to non-Division I opponents since the 1995-96 season. Against strictly Division III opponents, Augsburg is 235-23 since the 1979-80 season and 159-13 since the 1989-90 season.
The Johnnies built an 18-6 lead after eight bouts and withstood Augsburg wins in the final two bouts to secure the dual victory.
Meanwhile, Augsburg gained a major-decision, 14-5 victory from 197-pounder Jared Massey (JR, Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial HS) over the Johnnies’ Tony Willaert (SO, North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial HS), ranked No. 3 nationally in the weight class. Massey, now 5-0 on the season, claimed six takedowns and built 1:46 of riding time in the win.
Two of Augsburg’s three nationally-ranked wrestlers in action on Wednesday claimed victories, as top-ranked Travis Lang (SR, Bismarck, N.D.) built a 5-0 first-period lead and held off a rally by the Johnnies’ Mogi Baatar (JR, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep HS) in a 9-8 victory. No. 5-ranked Andy Witzel (JR, Fulda, Minn.) scored a 6-3 victory at heavyweight over the Johnnies’ Cody Socher (FY, Delano, Minn.).
The Johnnies claimed three wins on riding-time bonus points — a 4-3 win by Chad Henle (FY, Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer HS) over Augsburg’s Josh Roberts (FY, Grand Forks, N.D./Central HS) at 125; a 3-2 win by Matt Baarson (SO, Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park HS) over Augsburg’s No. 3-ranked Jason Adams (JR, Coon Rapids, Minn.) at 157; and a 4-3 win by Matt Schrupp (SR, Watertown, Minn./Watertown-Mayer HS) over Augsburg’s Brandon Klukow (SR, Albert Lea, Minn.) at 165.
Augsburg’s Lucas Murray (SO, Anoka, Minn.) used a takedown and three-point near-fall midway through the third period to claim an 11-8 win over No. 3-ranked Minga Batsukh (SO, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep HS) at 141.
Dustin Baxter (SO, Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley HS) of St. John’s used a takedown with 14 seconds left to score a 12-10 win over Augsburg’s Garrett Long (JR, Cedar, Minn./St. Francis HS) at 184. John Vaith (SO, Hastings, Minn.) used a reversal and three-point near-fall in the third period to rally for an 8-6 win over Augsburg’s Tony Valek (FY, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) at 149, and Grant Eustice (SR, Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View HS) scored a 6-3 win over Augsburg’s Brandon Bahr (FY, Bemidji, Minn.) at 174.
Augsburg’s White Team (junior varsity) won six of nine bouts to score a 25-6 win over the St. John’s junior varsity in the preliminary match on Wednesday.
Augsburg returns to action after the Thanksgiving break on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m., competing at the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragon Open. St. John’s competes at the Wisconsin-La Crosse Duals on Dec. 6.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2008, Si Melby Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
St. John’s 18, Augsburg 13
125 — Chad Henle (St. Johnâ€™s, 7-2) dec. Josh Roberts (Augsburg, 2-2) 4-3 (St. Johnâ€™s 3-0).
133 — No. 1 Travis Lang (Augsburg, 5-0) dec. Mogi Baatar (St. Johnâ€™s, 5-4) 9-8 (TIED 3-3).
141 — Lucas Murray (Augsburg, 4-0) dec. No. 3 Minga Batsukh (St. Johnâ€™s, 4-1) 11-8 (Augsburg 6-3).
149 — John Vaith (St. Johnâ€™s, 5-2) dec. Tony Valek (Augsburg, 2-1) 8-6 (TIED 6-6).
157 — Matt Baarson (St. Johnâ€™s, 6-2) dec. No. 3 Jason Adams (Augsburg, 4-1) 3-2 (St. Johnâ€™s 9-6).
165 — Matt Schrupp (St. Johnâ€™s, 3-1) dec. Brandon Klukow (Augsburg, 4-1) 4-3 (St. Johnâ€™s 12-6).
174 — Grant Eustice (St. Johnâ€™s, 7-1) dec. Brandon Bahr (Augsburg, 2-2) 6-3 (St. Johnâ€™s 15-6).
184 — Dustin Baxter (St. Johnâ€™s, 1-0) dec. Garrett Long (Augsburg, 0-3) 12-10 (St. Johnâ€™s 18-6).
197 — Jared Massey (Augsburg, 5-0) maj. dec. No. 3 Tony Willaert (St. Johnâ€™s, 6-3) 14-5 (St. Johnâ€™s 18-10).
Hwt — No. 5 Andy Witzel (Augsburg, 5-0) dec. Cody Socher (St. Johnâ€™s, 5-2) 6-3 (St. Johnâ€™s 18-13).
Time of match: 1:38. Attendance: 367.
Officials: Brad Hanson, Kurt Nathe.