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2013–14 Augsburg Wrestling season

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2013–14 Season
Record 8–5
National Place 5th
Coach Mark Matzek
Captain Matt Hechsel, Will Keeter, Tommy Teigen, Justin Bowland and Chad Johnson

The 2013–14 Augsburg Wrestling season was Augsburg's 32st season at the NCAA Division III level. The team was coached by Mark Matzek. Team captains for the season were Matt Hechsel, Will Keeter, Tommy Teigen, Justin Bowland and Chad Johnson.

Augsburg opened their dual season with a 44–9 win over Waldorf on Nov. 26 and closed the dual season on Feb. 21 with 29–13 win over Wisconsin–Stevens Point to finish with an 8–5 record.


Incoming class

Augsburg released the incoming class of freshman and transfers on July 25, 2013.[1]

Wrestler Projected weight class High School/Previous School Notes
Kirk Anderson 133 Barnesville, Minn.
North Dakota State
3x Minnesota State Champion
245–16 High School record
Austin Boniface 165 Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake HS 1x Minnesota State Placewinner
Austin Edison 285 Hammond, Wis./St. Croix Central HS
Todd Fairbanks 184 St. Paul, Minn./Harding HS
Justin Flores 184 Owatonna, Minn.
James Goman 125 Lakeville, Minn./Trinity-River Ridge HS 2x Minnesota State Placewinner
Marcus Hamer 141 Kimball, Minn. 3x Minnesota State Placewinner
184–30 High School record
Miles Hammerlund 184 Delano, Minn. 1x Minnesota State Placewinner
Cameron Henning 133 Jackson, Minn./Jackson County Central HS
Logan Hortop 285 Faribault, Minn.
Tyrell Martin 174 West St. Paul, Minn./Henry Sibley HS
Ridgewater CC
2x NJCAA Qualifier
1x Minnesota State Placewinner
Cole McAdam 184 Faribault, Minn.
Blake Miller 133 Browerville, Minn./Staples-Motley HS 1x Minnesota State Placewinner
Grant Parker 149 Onalaska, Wis.
Brandon Peters 141 Faribault, Minn.
Colton Pollock 285 Big Lake, Minn. 1x Minnesota State Placewinner
Drew Randall 157 Lewiston, Idaho 3x Idaho State Placewinner
Sidney Rodriguez 125 Baton Rouge, La./Catholic HS 3x Louisiana State Placewinner
Tucker Sarbacker 141 Mineral Point, Wis./Iowa-Grant HS 1x Iowa State Champion
Greg Skon 174 Sparta, Wis.
Brandon Strong 149 Minneapolis, Minn./South HS
Avery Sweeney 184 Milton, Wis.
Brandon Wilcox 184 Gordon, Wis./Northwood HS 1x Minnesota State Placewinner
Adam Whirley 157 Maple Grove, Minn./Winona State Son of former Augsburg national champion and coach Scott Whirley
Quade Zupko 157 Wyoming, Minn./Chisago Lakes HS

Full Roster

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS Record
Mark Akpaka SO 5-4 149 Minneapolis, Minn. / South HS
Kirk Anderson SO 5-8 133 Comstock, Minn. / Barnesville HS
Chad Bartschenfeld JR 5-8 125 Amery, Wis. / Amery HS
Austin Boniface FY 5-11 165 Forest Lake, Minn. / Forest Lake HS
Justin Bowland SR 5-11 165 Foley, Minn. / Foley HS
Ryan Cook SR 5-8 141 Wetumpka, Ala. / Wetumpka HS
Austin Edison FY 5-10 285 Baldwin, Wis. / St. Croix Central HS
Todd Fairbanks FY 5-9 184 Saint Paul, Minn. / Harding HS
Justin Flores FY 5-10 184 Owatonna, Minn. / Owatonna HS
Mike Fuenffinger JR 5-6 125 Hibbing, Minn. / Hibbing HS
James Goman FY 5-4 125 Lakeville, Minn. / Trinity-River Ridge HS
Nicolas Grimley SO 5-11 285 Monticello, Minn. / Monticello HS
Marcus Hamer FY 5-11 141 Kimball, Minn. / Kimball HS
Miles Hammerlund FY 6-1 184 Delano, Minn. / Delano HS
Matt Hechsel JR 6-2 197 Apple Valley, Minn. / Apple Valley HS
Cameron Henning FY 5-10 133 Lakefield, Minn. / Jackson County Central HS
Eric Hensel SO 5-8 157 Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville South HS
Logan Hortop FY 6-1 285 Faribault, Minn. / Faribault HS
Chad Johnson SR 6-2 285 Ferryville, Wis. / De Soto HS
Will Keeter JR 5-9 149 Twin Falls, Idaho / Twin Falls HS
Rashad Kennedy JR 5-7 141 Inver Grove Heights, Minn. / Henry Sibley HS
Blong Kong SO 5-2 125 St. Paul, Minn. / Johnson HS
Tom Kuehn JR 5-6 141 Fargo, N.D. / West Fargo HS
Roarke Langer SO 5-10 133 Ellsworth, Wis. / Ellsworth HS
Tyrell Martin JR 5-9 165 Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley HS
Blake Miller FY 5-8 133 Staples, Minn. / Staples-Motley HS
Grant Parker FY 5-7 157 Onalaska, Wis. / Onalaska HS
Brandon Peters FY 5- 125 Faribault, Minn. / Faribault HS
Colten Pollock FY 6-4 285 Big Lake, Minn. / Big Lake HS
Drew Randall FY 6-0 157 Lewiston, Idaho / Lewiston HS
Sidney Rodriguez FY 5-6 133 Baton Rouge, La. / Catholic HS
Tucker Sarbacker FY 5-6 14 Mineral Point, Wis. / Iowa- Grant HS
Gregory Skon FY 6-0 184 Sparta, Wis. / Sparta HS
Brandon Strong FY 149 Minneapolis, Minn. / South HS
Avery Sweeney FY 6-3 184 Milton, Wis. / Milton HS
Tommy Teigen JR 5-11 174 Ham Lake, Minn. / Meadow Creek Christian HS
Brandon Wilcox FY 6-1 184 Minong, Wis. / Northwood HS
Quade Zupko FY 5-9 149 Wyoming, Minn. / Chisago Lakes HS



Date Opponent 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 285
November 26, 2013 Waldorf College (Iowa) Fuenffinger Anderson Hamer Kennedy Keeter Bowland Teigen Hammerlund Hechsel Hortop
December 11, 2013 Minnesota State University Moorhead Fuenffinger Anderson Hamer Kennedy Keeter Bowland Teigen Hammerlund Hechsel Johnson
January 5, 2014 St. Olaf Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Kuehn Zupko Keeter Boniface Martin Sweeney Hechsel Hortop
January 11, 2014 Elmhurst College Fuenffinger Anderson Hamer Kennedy Keeter Boniface Teigen Martin Hechsel Johnson
January 11, 2014 Coe College Fuenffinger Anderson Kuehn Kennedy Keeter Bowland Teigen Martin Hechsel Johnson
January 12, 2014 Concordia Moorhead Fuenffinger Anderson Kuehn Kennedy Keeter Bowland Martin Teigen Hechsel Johnson
January 12, 2014 Wisconsin-Whitewater Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Kuehn Kennedy Keeter Bowland Teigen Hammerlund Hechsel Johnson
January 18, 2014 Concordia Moorhead Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Kennedy Keeter Bowland Martin Teigen Hechsel Johnson
January 24, 2014 Augustana (S.D.) Goman Bartschenfeld Hamer Kennedy Keeter Bowland Teigen Martin Hechsel Johnson

The team loses four starters from the previous year while the return of Will Keeter and Tommy Teigen to the lineup gives the Auggies four All-American starters: Keeter, Mike Fuenffinger, Matt Hechsel and returning champion Chad Johnson.

Through the first two duals of the season, the lineup remained largely the same, with Logan Hortop filling for Johnson at heavyweight in the first dual against Waldorf.[2] While facing St. Olaf on Jan. 5, the lineup changed to include some non-starters: Chad Bartschenfeld at 133, Quade Zupko at 149, Austin Boniface at 165, Tyrell Martin at 174 and Avery Sweeney at 184.

On January 11 and 12, Augsburg participated in the National Duals, taking 15 wrestlers: Fuenffinger and James Goman at 125; Anderson and Bartschenfeld at 133; Hamer and Kuehn at 141; Kennedy at 149; Keeter at 157; Bowland and Boniface at 165; Teigen and Martin at 174; Hammerlund at 184; Hechsel at 197; and Johnson at 285. All but Goman wrestled. In the first dual against Elmhurst, the Auggies returned to a more normal lineup, with Matin moving up to 184. In the second dual, Bowland returned to the lineup at 165 while Kuehn wrestled at 141. In the third dual against Concordia Martin and Teigen switch places, while against Whitewater Bartschenfeld (133) and Miles Hammerlund (184) moved into the lineup and Tiegen moved back to 174.

On January 18, Augsburg faced Concordia College in a rematch from the previous weekend, keeping the lineup largely the same, substituting Bartschenfeld for Anderson and Hamer for Kuehn. Then on Jan. 24 against Augsustana (S.D.), Goman got the nod at 125, with Tiegen (174) and Martin (184) and switch places.



Date Record Opponent Location Result
November 26, 2013 1–0 Waldorf College (Iowa) H 44–9[2]
December 11, 2013 2–0 Minnesota State University Moorhead H 34–9[3]
January 5, 2014 3–0 St. Olaf A 33–12[4]
NWCA Division III National Dual-Meet Tournament
January 11, 2014 4–0 Elmhurst College N 25–9
January 11, 2014 5–0 Coe College N 16–15
January 12, 2014 5–1 Concordia Moorhead N 15–21
January 12, 2014 5–2 Wisconsin-Whitewater N 9–25
January 18, 2014 5–3 Concordia Moorhead A 6–26
January 24, 2014 5–4 Augustana College (S.D) H 9–29
February 6, 2014 5–5 Wartburg A 9–23
February 13, 2014 6–5 Wisconsin–La Crosse A 16–15[5]
February 16, 2014 7–5 St. John's A 28–9
February 21, 2014 8–5 Wisconsin–Stevens Point H 29–13

Augsburg started their dual meet season with a home match against Waldorf College (Iowa) on Nov. 26. The Auggies won 44–9 behind pins from Mike Fuenffinger (4:31), Kirk Anderson (1:08), Marcus Hamer (0:41), Will Keeter (1:10) and Tommy Teigen (1:30).[2]

On Dec. 11, Augsburg used pins from Anderson (5:16) and Hamer (4:56) to claim a 34–9 victory over Minnesota State University, Moorhead at home.[3]

On January 11, Augsburg defeated St. Olaf 33–12 behind a pin from Austin Boniface, a technical fall from Matt Hechsel and a major desision by Keeter.[4]

The Auggies participated in the NWCA Division III National Dual-Meet Tournament on January 11 and 12, going 2–2 and placing fourth. Augsburg received the second seed and faced Elmhurst College in the first round defeating the Bluejays 34–8. In the match Fuenffinger (4:33), Anderson (3:58) and Tommy Teigen (2:37) all notched pins. In the quarterfinals, Augsburg used a major decision from Johnson to defeat Coe 16–15. Augsburg dropped both the semifinal and third-pace match, to Concordia-Moorhead (21–15) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (25–9), respectively.[6]

On January 18, Augsburg traveled to Moorhead to face Concordia in a rematch of the previous weekend. The end result was the same as the Cobbers prevailed 26–6. On January 24, the Auggies again fell, this time to Div. II Augustana College (S.D.) by a 26-9 margin.

The Auggies traveled to Waverly, Iowa for the annual Battle of the Burgs on February 6, falling to Wartburg 23–9 to the top-ranked Knights. Decisions by Chad Bartschenfeld (133 lbs.) and Hamer (141 lbs.) gave Augsburg a 6–3 lead early, but Wartburg reeled off 20 straight points before Johnson (285 lbs.) look the final match in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup with Ryan Fank.[7]

Augsburg won their next three duals to close the season 8–5: Wisconsin–La Crosse (16–15), St. John's (28–9), and Wisconsin–Stevens Point (29–13). Five Auggies went 3–0 in this span: Fuenffinger, Keeter, Martin, Hechsel and Johnson.[8][9][10]


Date Event Champs/Co-Champs
November 23, 2013 Auggie-Brute Open 8 (4 in Gold Division)[11]
December 7, 2013 Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon Open 2
December 14, 2013 St. Cloud State University Husky Open 3
December 29 and 30, 2013 Midlands Championships
February 1, 2014 Saint John's University North Country Open 1
February 8, 2014 Wisconsin–Eau Claire Open 4

The Auggies started their tournament season hosting the annual Auggie-Brute Open on Nov. 23. Augsburg claimed 8 champion/co-champions. In the Gold Division, Mike Fuenffinger (125 pounds), Will Keeter (157 pounds), Matt Hechsel (197 pounds) and Chad Johnson (285 pounds) each won their bracket outright. In the Silver Division, James Goman (125 pounds), Marcus Hamer (141 pounds) and Austin Boniface (165 pounds) earned championships. Rounding out the Auggie champions on the day was Drew Randall, who finished on top in the 157 pound Bronze division. In their 133- and 149-pound brackets, Kirk Anderson and Rashad Kennedy both finished second.[11]

On Dec. 7, the Auggies traveled to Moorhead, Minn. for the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon Open. Matt Hechsel and Chad Johnson both claimed weight class titles at 197 pounds and heavyweight. Tommy Teigen finished third at 174 pounds, while Will Keeter finished fourth at 157 pounds. Rounding out the Auggies' top four finishers was Justin Bowland at 165 pounds.[12]

On Dec. 12, the Auggie split squads with the varsity traveling to the St. Cloud State Husky Open, both Hechsel and Johnson repeated their weight class titles with Mike Fuenffinger joining them. All but one of the nine wrestlers competing placed in the top six (Marcus Hamer 3rd at 141, Rashad Kennedy 4th at 149, Will Keeter 3rd at 157, Justin Bowland 2nd at 165, Austin Boniface 4th at 165).[13]

On December 29, Fuenffinger, Keeter, Hechsel and Johnson all competed at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. At the primarily Division I tournament, none of the four placed.

On February 1, Augsburg competed at the St. John's North Country Open. Fuenffinger led the Auggies with a weight-class title at 125 pounds. Rounding out Augsburg's eight place winners were Hamer (3rd at 141), Bowland (3rd at 165), Tyrell Martin (3rd at 174), Hechsel (3rd at 197); Keeter (4th at 149); James Goman (5th at 125), and Chad Bartschenfeld (5th at 133).

On February 8, the Auggies competed at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open, claiming 4 champions: Fuenffinger (125), Bartschenfeld (133), Teigen (184) and Johnson (285). Bowland (165) placed second; Keeter (149) placed third; Hamer (141) and Hechsel (197) placed fourth; Blake Miller (141) placed sixth; Martin (174) and Miles Hammerlund finished first in their consolation brackets (seventh overall). Though no team scores were kept, the top finishers at each weight totaled 135.5 points in front of the 116 points scored by a several Div. I Wisconsin-Madison wrestlers.[14]



Augsburg hosted the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships West Region tournament on March 1. The Auggies claimed 4 champions and qualified 8 to nationals. Mike Fuenffinger finished first at 125 pounds, Chad Bartschenfeld finished first at 133 pounds, Marcus Hamer finished third at 141 pounds, Will Keeter finished second at 149 pounds, Rashad Kennedy finished fifth at 157 pounds, Justin Bowland finished first a 165 pounds, Tyrell Martin finished sixth at 174 pounds, Tommy Teigen finished second at 184 pounds, Matt Hechsel finished third at 197 pounds, and Chad Johnson rounded out the Auggie finishers with a first place finish at 285 pounds. Kennedy and Martin did not qualify for nationals.


Augsburg competed at the the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships on March 14 and 15 at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mike Fuenffinger and Chad Johnson claimed All American honors with a a first-place finish at 125 pounds and a third-place finish at 285 pounds, respectively.

Rankings history


The Auggies began the season as the No. 2 ranked team in all three major polls: NCAA, NWCA and

Date Record NCAA NWCA d3w
October 24, 2013 0–0 2
November 10, 2013 2
November 14, 2013 2 2
November 22, 2013 2
November 27, 2013 1–0 2 2[15]
December 10, 2013 2–0 2
December 17, 2013 2 2
January 1, 2014 2 3
January 6, 2014 3–0 2 3
January 14, 2014 5–2 4 4t
January 28, 2014 5–4 7 8t
January 30, 2014 7
February 4, 2014 6

White Team

Augsburg's White Team, or junior varsity, opened their dual season on November 26, claiming 36–14 win over Ridgewater Community and Technical College.[2]


  1. ^ "Talented incoming class set for Auggie wrestling". Augsburg Athletics. July 25, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Augsburg dominates Waldorf 44-9". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Auggies dominate in 34-9 win over MSUM". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Auggies claim 33-12 win over St. Olaf". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  5. ^ 15–15 tie broken by match point criteria.
  6. ^ "Augsburg finishes fourth at NWCA D-III National Duals". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). January 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Auggies fall to top-ranked Knights". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). February 6, 2014. Retrieved Decemember 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "Auggies top Eagles 16-15 on tiebreaker criteria". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). February 13, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Augsburg scores 28-9 victory over Saint John's". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). February 16, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Auggies record 29-13 win over UW-Stevens Point". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). February 22, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Auggie wrestlers start season strong at home open". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). November 23, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Hechsel, Johnson win titles at MSUM Dragon Open". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). November 7, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  13. ^ "Auggies claim 3 titlists at SCSU Husky Open". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). December 14, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  14. ^ Wisconsin wrestlers competed at 141-174, 197 and 285. All were either True Freshmen, Redshirt Freshmen or Sophomores.
  15. ^ Rankings did not reflect Nov. 26 match against Waldorf, though each ranked Augsburg wrestler mentioned in the poll that competed won.