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2014–15 Augsburg Wrestling season

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2014–15 Season
Record 11–4
National Place First
Coach Jim Moulsoff
Captain Matt Hechsel, Will Keeter and Tommy Teigen

The 2014–15 Augsburg Wrestling season was Augsburg's 33rd season at the NCAA Division III level. The team was coached by Jim Moulsoff. Captains for the season were Matt Hechsel, Will Keeter and Tommy Teigen.

On March 14, 2015, Augsburg won its twelfth National Championship trophy, score 100 points to best rival Wartburg by 10.5 points at the 2015 National Championships in Hersey, Pa. Joining captains Hechsel (seventh at 197) and Keeter (seventh at 149) as All-Americans were Mike Fuenffinger (champion at 125), Donny Longendyke (champion at 285), Chad Bartschenfeld (second at 133), and Eric Hensel (fifth at 165).[1] Previously, Augsburg won the 2015 NCAA Division III West Regional, qualifying all 10 wrestlers to Nationals.

Head coaching change

Augsburg announced on July 28, 2014 that six-year Head Coach Mark Matzek had resigned his post to return to his hometown of Ellsworth, Wisconsin to become a math teach. After graduating from Augsburg in 2005 with a degree in Mathematics, Matzek spend time as a math teach in the Apple Valley, Minn. school system.[2]

Jim Moulsoff was named interim Head Coach in the same announcement, having served as an assistant coach during each of Matzek's six seasons as coach. Assisting Moulsoff will be former Augsburg 3-time All American Tony Valek.[2]

Roster

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS
Kirk Anderson JR 5-8 133 Comstock, Minn. / Barnesville HS
Chad Bartschenfeld SR 5-8 133 Amery, Wis. / Amery HS
Austin Boniface SO 6-0 165 Forest Lake, Minn. / Forest Lake HS
Tony Castro JR 5-7 174 Hialeah, Fla. / Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS
Gable Frandsen FY 157 Ellsworth, Wis. / Ellsworth HS
Mike Fuenffinger SR 5-6 125 Hibbing, Minn. / Hibbing HS
Tone Fuenffinger FY 157 Hibbing, Minn. / Hibbing HS
James Goman SO 5-4 125 Lakeville, Minn. / Trinity-River Ridge HS
Marcus Hamer SO 5-11 141 Kimball, Minn. / Kimball HS
Miles Hammerlund SO 6-1 174 Delano, Minn. / Delano HS
Matt Hechsel SR 6-6 197 Apple Valley, Minn. / Apple Valley HS
Cameron Henning SO 5-11 133 Lakefield, Minn. / Jackson County Central HS
Eric Hensel JR 5-8 174 Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville South HS
Logan Hortop SO 6-1 285 Faribault, Minn. / Faribault HS
Will Keeter SR 5-9 149 Twin Falls, Idaho / Twin Falls HS
Rashad Kennedy SR 5-7 149 Inver Grove Heights, Minn. / Henry Sibley HS
Kurt Knutsen SR 5-10 165 Inver Grove Heights, Minn. / Simley HS
Sebastian Larson FY 184 River Falls, Wis. / River Falls HS
Dylan Lesar FY 5-7 133 Cedarburg, Wis. / Cedarburg HS
Donny Longendyke SO 285 Vadnais Heights, Minn. / White Bear Lake HS
Reid Lyden FY 5-7 133 Woodbury, Minn. / East Ridge HS
Tyrell Martin SR 174 Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley HS
Blake Miller SO 5-7 141 Staples, Minn. / Staples-Motley HS
Grant Parker SO 5-7 157 Onalaska, Wis. / Onalaska HS
Jordan Reisinger FY 197 Tomah, Wis. / Tomah HS
Tucker Sarbacker SO 5-6 141 Mineral Point, Wis. / Iowa-Grant HS
Tommy Teigen SR 5-11 184 Ham Lake, Minn. / Meadow Creek Christian HS
Dwayne Williams FY 157 St. Paul, Minn. / Johnson HS
Xianou Xiong FY 125 Franklin, Wis. / Franklin HS
Bryce Zdanovec FY 5-6 149 Little Chute, Wis. / Little Chute HS

Schedule

Duals

Date Record Opponent Location Result
December 6, 2014 1–0 Dubuque (Iowa) La Crosse, Wis. 37–7
December 6, 2014 1–1 Loras (Iowa) La Crosse, Wis. 24–25
December 6, 2014 2–1 Cornell (Iowa) La Crosse, Wis. 35–3
December 11, 2014 3–1 Southwest Minnesota State (Div. II) Marshall, Minn. 30–14
January 4, 2015 4–1 Augustana (S.D.) Sioux Falls, S.D. 29–25
January 9, 2015 5–1 Cornell (Iowa) Fort Wayne, Ind. 35–6
January 9, 2015 5–2 Wisconsin–Whitewater Fort Wayne, Ind. 12–24
January 9, 2015 6–2 Alma College (Mich.) Fort Wayne, Ind. 23–12
January 10, 2015 7–2 Mount Union (Ohio) Fort Wayne, Ind. 23–13
January 10, 2015 7–3 Wisconsin–La Crosse Fort Wayne, Ind. 18–19
January 24, 2015 8–3 Concordia Moorhead Minneapolis, Minn. 26–12
January 26, 2015 9–3 St. John's Minneapolis, Minn. 34–12
January 30, 2015 10–3 St. Olaf Minneapolis, Minn. 49–6
February 5, 2015 10–4 Wartburg Minneapolis, Minn. 7–25
February 12, 2015 11–4 Wisconsin–La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. 18–16
February 20, 2015 12–4 Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. 32–13

Augsburg opened their dual season on December 6, 2014 at the 2014 Candlewood Suites Duals hosted by the University of Wisconsin La–Crosse. No. 7 Augsburg went 2–1 on the day against teams from Iowa. The Auggies opened with a 37–7 win over Dubuque, dropped a tight 25–24 contest to No. 15 Loras before closing with a 35–3 win over No. 22 Cornell. Tommy Teigen (184 lbs.) went 3–0 on the day claiming all victories by fall. Joining him with undefeated records on the day were Mike Fuenffinger (125 lbs.) and Eric Hensel (174 lbs.), the latter claiming two victories by pin.[3]

The Auggies faced division II Opponent Southwest Minnesota State University on December 11, winning by a 30–14 margin. Austin Boniface (165 lbs.) and Matt Hechsel claimed pins, while Fuenffinger (125 lbs.) and Will Keeter (149 lbs.) won by major decisions. Keeter's victory capped a 15–0 run in the first four wins, while Teigen (184 lbs.) sealed the dual with a decision to bring the score to 24–8.[4]

Augsburg faced another Division II opponent in Sioux Falls, S.D. as the No. 16 Augustana Vikings hosted the No. 11 Auggies. The Auggies prevailed behind pins from Hensel, Donny Longendyke and Fuenffinger in three of the final 5 matches. Marcus Hamer and Teigen also picked decision victories for the Auggies.

The Auggies next competed at the NWCA National Duals on January 9 and 10. They entered the tournament as the 8th seed (ranked 10th by the NWCA) and began the tournament with a 35–6 victory over Cornell (Iowa) and falling 24–12 to top-ranked Wisconsin–Whitewater on Friday. Augsburg rebounded with a 23–12 victory over Alma College (Mich.) to end Day 1 with a 2–1 record. On the day, both Fuenffinger and Longendyke went 3–0, while the Auggies also went 3–0 at 133 with Chad Bartschenfeld (2–0) and Kirk Anderson (1–0) splitting time. Fuenffinger (125), Bartschenfeld (133) and Longendyke (285) all picked up pins against Cornell College (Iowa) in the first match of the day.[5]

Augsburg went 1–1 on the second day of the National Duals, defeating Mount Union (Ohio) 23–13 behind pins from Hensel (174) and major decisions by Fuenffinger (125) and Longendyke (285). With the victory, the Auggies moved to the fifth-place match were they dropped a 19–18 match to Wisconsin–La Crosse. A Longendyke (285) pin tied the match at 18 points apiece, but the Eagles prevailed on criteria, have won six matches to the Auggies' four. Hensel added another pin in the match as well. Fuenffinger, Bartschenfeld, Hensel and Longendyke all went 2–0 on the day with Fuenffinger and Longendyke both went 5–0 over both days, Bartschenfeld (133) went 4–0, Keeter (149) and Hechsel (197) went 3–2, with Hensel (174) finishing at 2–2.[5]

The Auggies returned to dual action with two wins over MIAC opponents. On Jan. 23, Augsburg upset third-ranked Concordia Moorhead 26–12. On Jan. 25, the Auggies defeated St. John's (Minn.) 34–12. Teigen (184) led the way with two pins, while Fuenffinger (125), Bartschenfeld (133), Keeter (149) and Longendyke (285) all went 2–0 on the weekend.[6][7] On Jan. 30, Augsburg claimed another win over MIAC foe St. Olaf, defeating the Oles 49–6. After five forfeit victories, Keeter (149) and Logan Hortop (197) claimed pins while Tyrell Martin (174) claimed a major decision. Kurt Knutsen notched a decision at 165 pounds.[8]

At the 2015 Battle of the Burgs against Wartburg College at Si Melby Hall on Feb. 5, Augsburg dropped a 25–7 match to the top-ranked Knights. Augsburg's wins came in the first and last matches of the dual, when Fuenffinger (125) won a 6–4 decision to sixth-ranked Jake Agnitsch and Longendyke (285) upset fifth-ranked Ben Nagle by a 12–4 major decision.[9]

On Feb. 12, 2015, the fifth-ranked Auggies upset the fourth-ranked Wis.–La Crosse Eagles by a 18–16. Longendyke's pin in 1:53 at 285 pounds proved to be the difference.

Tournaments

Augsburg opened their season at the Auggie Open on November 22, 2014, placing 16 members including three runner-ups in their respective gold brackets by Mike Fuenffinger (125), Rashad Kennedy (149), and Matt Hechsel (197). Will Keeter also placed third at 149, with he and Kennedy both losing to Dakota Gray (Luther). Austin Boniface rounded out Augsburg's top-three gold bracket placers at 165.[10]

On December 13, the Auggies competed at the St. Cloud State University Husky Open with Fuenffinger (125) and Hechsel (197) both finishing first in their weight classes. Fuenffinger used two major decisions and a decision over three Division II wrestlers to claim the top spot, while Hechsel claimed three decisions claimed three decision, including two over Division II wrestlers and an overtime victory over the 2014 197-pound NJCAA national champion VJ Giulio. At 174 pounds, Eric Hensel finished third, losing only to the No. 7 ranked wrestler in Division II.[11]

On December 29 and 30, Augsburg competed at the Citrus Open in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, finishing second behind seventh-ranked Mount Union (Ohio). Augsburg claimed four individual champions and a runner-up while compiling 161.5 points, just six behind the Purple Raiders. Fuenffinger (125), Keeter (149), Hechsel (197), and Donny Longendyke (285) all topped their podiums, while Chad Bartschenfeld (133) finished second.[12]

On January 17, the Auggies competed at the Matman Wrestling Invitational. Bartschenfeld (133) and Longendyke (285) both finished first in their weight classes; Keeter (149), Tone Fuenffinger (157), and Hechsel (197) finished second; Kirk Anderson (133), Marcus Hamer (141), Grant Parker (157), Tyrell Martin (174), and Tommy Teigen (184) all finished fourth.

On Feb. 7, Augsburg will split their squad for two tournaments: the St. John's North Country Open and Wisconsin–Eau Claire's Don Parker Open. Anderson (133), Hamer (141), Frandsen (157), T. Fuenffinger (157), Parker (157), Boniface (174), Martin (174) and Hechsel (197) are registered to compete at the North Country Open. James Goman (125), Bartschenfeld (133), Dylan Lesar (133), Keeter (149), Bryce Zdanovec (149), Dwayne Williams (157), Hensel (165), Kurt Knutsen (165), Miles Hammerlund (184), Teigen (184), Hortop (197), Longendyke (285) and Jordan Reisinger (285).

2015 West Regional

Augsburg won the 2015 West Regional, scoring 179.0 points, ahead of second-place Concordia-Moorhead's 143.5 points. The Auggies claimed six regional champions and four third-place finishers, advancing all 10 wrestlers to Nationals.[13]

Lineup

Duals

Date Record Opponent 125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 285
December 6, 2014 1–0 Dubuque (Iowa) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Boniface Hensel Teigen Hechsel Hortop
December 6, 2014 1–1 Loras (Iowa) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Boniface Hensel Teigen Hechsel Reisinger
December 6, 2014 2–1 Cornell (Iowa) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Boniface Hensel Teigen Hechsel Reisinger
December 11, 2014 3–1 Southwest Minnesota State (Div. II) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Boniface Hensel Teigen Hechsel Reisinger
January 4, 2015 4–1 Augustana (S.D.) (Div. II) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Knutsen Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 9, 2015 5–1 Cornell (Iowa) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Parker Knutsen Martin Larson Hechsel Longendyke
January 9, 2015 5–2 Wisconsin–Whitewater Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Parker Knutsen Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 9, 2015 6–2 Alma College (Mich.) Fuenffinger Anderson Hamer Keeter Parker Knutsen Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 10, 2015 7–2 Mount Union (Ohio) Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Parker Knutsen Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 10, 2015 7–3 Wisconsin–La Crosse Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Parker Knutsen Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 24, 2015 8–3 Concordia Moorhead Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Boniface Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 26, 2015 9–3 St. John's Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Boniface Hensel Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
January 30, 2015 10–3 St. Olaf Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Knutsen Martin Teigen Hortop Longendyke
February 5, 2015 10–4 Wartburg Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Hensel Martin Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
February 12, 2015 11–4 Wisconsin–La Crosse Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Keeter Frandsen Hensel Martin Teigen Hechsel Longendyke
February 20, 2015 12–4 Wisconsin–Stevens Point Fuenffinger Bartschenfeld Hamer Zdanovec Frandsen Hensel Martin Teigen Hechsel Longendyke

White Team

Augsburg's White Team, or junior varsity, sent seven seven wrestlers to the MSU Moorhead Dragon Open on December 7, 2014. Sophomore Cameron Henning was the lone non-freshman to compete, finishing fifth in the Red Division (Upper Class) at 141 pounds. In the White Division (Lower Class), Xianou Xiong (125; 0–4), Dylan Lesar (133, 0–2), Bryce Zdanovec (149, third place, 3–1), Tone Fuenffinger (157, third place, 3–1), Dwayne Williams (157, 0–2), and Sebastian Larson (184, first place, 3–0) all competed for the Auggies.[3]

The White Team next competed at the Rochester Community and Technical College Triangular on January 6, 2015, going 1–1. The Auggies lost the first match against the host Yellowjackets in a contest that featured seven pins, an injury default and a forfeit. Tyrell Martin had the lone decision of the match, while Luis Pinto (RCTC) pinned Jordan Reisinger in the final match to take the dual 30–27. Augsburg faced Northland Community and Technical College in the second match, winning by a comfortable 44–4 margin. Logan Hortop (197) won both his matches by fall, while James Goman (125), Kirk Anderson (141), Fuenffinger (157), and Martin (174) all won both their matches.[14]

References

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  10. ^ "Auggies collect 16 placewinners at Auggie-Adidas Open". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). November 22, 2014. http://athletics.augsburg.edu/news/2014/11/22/wres112214.aspx. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
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  14. ^ "Wrestling - Augsburg WT at Rochester CTC Triangular". Wrestling (Augsburg Athletics). January 8, 2015. http://athletics.augsburg.edu/news/2015/1/8/wres010614.aspx?path=wrestling. Retrieved January 12, 2015.