MINNEAPOLIS — Winning seven of the final eight bouts, including six by bonus-point margins, No. 7 Augsburg scored a 35-9 victory against Waldorf (Iowa) in a dual meet Tuesday evening at Si Melby Hall.
Last year’s national runner-up, Augsburg (1-0 overall) claimed three pins, a technical fall and a major decision en route to the victory in its opening dual meet of the season.
Augsburg’s Tony Valek, the top-ranked wrestler in Division III at 149 pounds, built an 11-0 lead before scoring a second-period pin (3:51) of Emmanuel Del Castillo, improving to 5-0 on the season. Valek has claimed bonus-point victories in all five of his matches — four pins and one major decision.
At 197, Brad Baus improved to 3-1 on the season with a 54-second pin of Brock Binversie, his second pin of the season. At 174, Josh Kohler converted a second-period reversal into a pin (3:45) of Gabe Vasquez.
Will Keeter improved to 4-0 on the season with a 16-1, technical-fall win at 141 against Jeff Ohnemus, using two takedowns and five near-falls to score the second-period victory (4:51). Alex Krautkremer improved to 3-1 on the season with an 11-1, major-decision victory against Travis Mundt.
Zach Enrico improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-2, overtime victory against Jeremy Padilla. Tied at 1-1 after regulation and a scoreless first sudden-victory session, Padilla took a 2-1 lead with an escape with six seconds left in the first 30-second tiebreaker session. Enrico scored an escape with 17 seconds left in the second tiebreaker session, then gained a bonus point on a stalling call with six seconds left to gain the win.
Augsburg also scored a win by forfeit, with Chad Johnson, ranked No. 4 nationally at heavyweight, improving to 5-0 on the season.
Waldorf (0-3 overall) opened the match with two victories, as Bo Bettinson scored a 7-6 win against Chad Bartschenfeld at 125, and Dillon Spates scored a 6-5 win against Boyd Suparat. At 165, Waldorf’s Rashad Moss scored a takedown with 44 seconds left in the first sudden-victory overtime session against Brandon Bahr.