MINNEAPOLIS – Augsburg claimed three victories on Saturday at the 2012 Minnesota Duals, the annual meeting of the four Minnesota-based NCAA Division III programs, on Saturday.
Augsburg, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, won eight of 10 bouts in a 35-9 triumph against St. Olaf in its opening match, then scored an 18-13 win against No. 18-ranked Concordia-Moorhead and a 23-16 win against No. 8-ranked St. John’s in the finale.
St. John’s went 2-1 on the day, with a 23-18 win against Concordia and a 35-12 win against St. Olaf. Concordia topped St. Olaf 29-12 in the day’s other match.
Top-ranked heavyweight Chad Johnson went 3-0 on the day for the Auggies, claiming two third-period pins, including a pin with six seconds left in the match to clinch the Auggies’ win against St. John’s in the final bout of the day. Johnson is now 24-1 on the season.
Two Auggies remained unbeaten on the season with 3-0 efforts. Top-ranked 149-pounder Tony Valek improved to 21-0 with a major decision, decision and a pin on the afternoon. Eighteen of his 21 wins this season are bonus-point (pin, technical fall, major decision) victories.
Orlando Ponce, ranked No. 2 nationally at 165, moved down a weight class to 157 and scored three wins to improve to 14-0 on the season.
Will Keeter ranked No. 6 nationally at 141, collected three wins to improve to 23-3 on the season, including a 6-2 win against No. 7-ranked Ryan Timmerman of St. Olaf in the opening match. Mike Fuenffinger improved to 7-4 on the season with three wins, including a 9-0, major-decision win in his final bout against St. John’s.
Augsburg went 19-11 in its three matches on the day to improve to 8-1 in dual meets this season.
St. John’s had three wrestlers go 3-0 — No. 5-ranked Mitch Hagen at 184, No. 8-ranked Matt Pfarr and 165-pounder Nick Schuler — and No. 2-ranked Dustin Baxter at 197 went 2-0 on the day.
Concordia’s Jake Kostik went 2-0 at 133, while Christian Harrison (184) and Kyle LeDuc (149) went 2-1 in their matches. Timmerman (141) and 174-pounder James Roach each went 2-1 on the day to lead St. Olaf.