Augsburg reaches NWCA D-III National Duals Semifinals

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Winning 19 of 20 bouts, the No. 3-ranked Augsburg University wrestling team reached the semifinals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III National Duals, after the first day of competition on Thursday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Augsburg shut out SUNY-Cortland (N.Y.) 53-0 in the first match, then scored a 34-6 win over No. 16-ranked North Central (Ill.) in the quarterfinals. On Friday at 10 a.m. (Central), the Auggies will face No. 2-ranked Johnson & Wales (R.I.) in the semifinals, with the championship and third-place match against either top-ranked Wartburg (Iowa) or No. 4-ranked Ithaca (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. (Central).

Augsburg claimed nine bonus-point wins — four pins, four technical falls and a major decision — among its 19 victories on the day. No. 5-ranked 133-pounder Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) claimed two third-period technical falls, outscoring his opponents by a 32-0 margin.

Victor Gliva (SO, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS, 125), Aaron Wilson (SO, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS, 149) and No. 7-ranked 174-pounder Tanner Vassar (SO, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) had pins in the win over SUNY-Cortland, and top-ranked 165-pounder Lucas Jeske (SO, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) had a pin in the win over North Central.

No. 3-ranked 141-pounder David Flynn (SO, Jordan, Minn./Jordan HS (Scott West) and No. 6-ranked 149-pounder Alex Wilson (JR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) also had technical falls on Thursday, and Lance Benick (FY, Fridley, Minn./Totino-Grace HS), a transfer from Division I Arizona State making his Augsburg debut, scored a major-decision win and claimed a 9-8 win over North Central’s No. 7-ranked Tyler Vittal.

Brackets/Results on TrackWrestling.com

No. 2 Augsburg (7-1) 34, No. 16 North Central (Ill., 8-1) 6
125 — Victor Gliva (AUG, 12-2) dec. Moe Mitchell (NCC, 5-8) 5-3 (Augsburg 3-0).
133 — No. 5 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 16-0) tech. fall Marc Fleenor (NCC, 17-7) 17-0 at 5:17 (Augsburg 8-0).
141 — No. 3 David Flynn (AUG, 5-1) dec. Anthony Rink (NCC, 15-4) 3-2 (Augsburg 11-0).
149 — No. 6 Alex Wilson (AUG, 17-3) tech. fall Ben Williamson (NCC, 16-9) 16-1 at 6:54 (Augsburg 16-0).
157 — No. 6 Ryan Epps (AUG, 15-0) dec. Egan Berta (NCC, 22-6) 3-1 (Augsburg 19-0).
165 — No. 1 Lucas Jeske (AUG, 17-0) pinned Cam Hayes (NCC, 15-10) 1:50 (Augsburg 25-0).
174 — No. 7 Tanner Vassar (AUG, 18-2) dec. Matt Marcotte (NCC, 6-2) (Augsburg 28-0).
184 — Sebastian Larson (AUG, 16-4) dec. Josh Bouie (NCC, 16-7) 5-1 (Augsburg 31-0).
197 — Lance Benick (AUG, 2-0) dec. No. 7 Tyler Vittal (NCC, 15-4) 9-8 (Augsburg 34-0)
HWT — Audel Ochoa (NCC, 19-6) pinned Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 6-10) 3:51 (Augsburg 34-6).

No. 2 Augsburg (6-1) 53, SUNY-Cortland (4-4) 0
125 — Victor Gliva (AUG, 11-2) pinned Josh Anoine (COR, 11-4) 4:30 (Augsburg 6-0).
133 — No. 5 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 15-0) tech. fall Benjamin Lloyd (COR, 1-6) 15-0 at 5:55 (Augsburg 11-0).
141 — No. 3 David Flynn (AUG, 4-1) tech. fall Dustin Harris (COR, 2-12) 16-0 at 2:20 (Augsburg 16-0).
149 — Aaron Wilson (AUG, 8-1) pinned CJ Labate (COR, 1-2) 2:14 (Augsburg 22-0).
157 — No. 6 Ryan Epps (AUG, 14-0) dec. Greg Chery (COR, 14-6) 5-1 (Augsburg 25-0).
165 — No. 1 Lucas Jeske (AUG, 16-0) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 31-0).
174 — No. 7 Tanner Vassar (AUG, 17-2) pinned J.P. Puca (COR, 14-2) 2:33 (Augsburg 37-0).
184 — Sebastian Larson (AUG, 15-4) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 43-0).
197 — Lance Benick (AUG, 1-0) maj. dec. Kevin Morgans (COR, 4-5) 12-4 (Augsburg 47-0)
HWT — Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 6-10) wins by injury default over Zach Gifford (COR, 2-6) 3:05 (Augsburg 53-0).

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