OMAHA, Neb. — No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha won its 13th consecutive dual with a 21-12 victory against Augsburg on Thursday night at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
Augsburg, which is ranked No. 3 in Division III, was the last team to defeat UNO in a dual meet, when it won 18-12 on Jan. 22, 2010. This time around, UNO got a big six-point injury default win from No. 1 Mario Morgan at 141 pounds and picked up key victories against ranked opponents at 174 and 184 pounds to claim the win.
The Auggies’ Josh Roberts gave his team the early lead with an 11-5 victory over Cody Tyler at 125 pounds.
Trent Cox recorded an early takedown of Boyd Suparat, then got four points on near falls to take a 6-0 lead early in the first period. Cox held on the rest of the way for a 10-4 victory to get the Mavs on the board at 133 pounds for the first time in five dual matches this season.
Cox’s win set the stage for Morgan, fresh off being named No. 1 in the nation at 141 pounds this week. Morgan took the lead midway through the second period over Cody Hansen (No. 10 DIII) with two near-fall points, then earned a takedown to start the third period that ended Hansen’s night with an injury. Morgan improved to 16-4 with the win and has won 28 consecutive dual matches for the Mavs.
At 149 pounds, No. 1 Esai Dominguez squared off against Tony Valek (DIII No. 3). The two remained scoreless through two periods before Dominguez surrendered an escape to Valek to start the third period. Dominguez then took Valek down with just under a minute left. Valek escaped, however, and won 3-2 with a riding time point.
At 157 pounds, No. 1 George Ivanov improved to 18-3 on the year with a 4-2 victory over Jon Priess at 157 pounds. Ivanov’s win gave UNO a 12-6 lead at the midway point of the dual.
Augsburg’s Orlando Ponce, ranked second in Division III, defeated Nathan Sigman 4-1 at 165 pounds. Ponce’s win drew Augsburg within three points at 12-9.
At 174 pounds, No. 3 Ryan Pankoke earned a 5-2 decision against Zach Molitor (DIII No. 2) to move the Mavs to a 15-9 lead. Pankoke improved to 27-2 on the year, paving the way for No. 3 Aaron Denson at 184 pounds. Denson claimed a 4-1 lead late in the second period against Brad Baus (No. 6 DIII) by way of a reversal, then made it 8-1 with four near-fall points in the third period. Denson allowed a reversal, but held on for the 8-3 win to improve to 20-5 on the season and give UNO an 18-9 advantage.
2009 DIII national champion and current No. 3 Jared Massey then defeated UNO’s No. 8 Matt Baker 6-5 at 197 pounds. Massey scored a takedown with 35 seconds left to take a 6-4 lead and a late escape by Baker didn’t matter in the end.
No. 8 Taylor Escamilla closed out the dual with a 5-0 decision over Augsburg freshman Niko Bogojevic.