UW-La Crosse knocks off Augsburg
Yewah scores tech fall as Warhawks win top-five matchup
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Third-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse improved to 16-2 on the season with a 27-13 victory against second-ranked Augsburg on Sunday afternoon in Mitchell Hall. The Auggies fell to 8-3 in duals, losing their second match in four days after falling to No. 1 Wartburg on Thursday.
UW-L won seven of the 10 matches Sunday and is now 2-0-1 in its last three duals against Augsburg.
The Eagles' Joey Nelson opened the dual with a win by decision 8-4 against Chad Bartschenfeld at 125 pounds to give UW-L a 3-0 lead. Third-ranked Adam Sheley made it 8-0 in the team score after a technical fall victory (19-1) at the 6:31 mark against Augsburg's Boyd Suparat at 133 pounds. Sheley improved to 18-3 on the year.
UW-L's Bebeto Yewah, the top-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, followed with a win by technical fall (24-11) against Augsburg's sixth-ranked Will Keeter to give the Eagles a 12-point lead. With the victory, Yewah improved to 23-2 on the season while Keeter fell to 23-5.
Augsburg earned its first win of the meet at 149 pounds to cut the lead to 12-4. Top-ranked Tony Valek won by major decision 13-0 against UW-L's Bobby Dorn, improving to 23-0 on the season.
The Eagles came back to win four consecutive matches following Valek's triumph. JR Lewis won by 4-0 decision against Kurt Knutsen at 157 pounds and Kevin O'Brien won by 8-3 decision vs. Noel Sweeney at 165 as UW-L took an 18-4 lead.
Mike Schmitz, ranked second at 174 pounds, followed with an 11-1 major decision win against Augsburg's Brandon Bahr while Grant Miller won by technical fall 21-5 at the 6:39 mark against Tony Castro at 184 pounds. The victory gave the Eagles a 27-4 advantage as Schmitz improved to 20-1 on the year.
The final two bouts featured ranked wrestlers on each team.
Augsburg's Brad Baus, ranked fourth at 197 pounds, won by fall (3:54) against UW-L's Zach Strickland, who is eighth nationally. Top-ranked Chad Johnson of Augsburg finished the dual with a 3-2 decision against UW-L's seventh-ranked Billy Mayer at heavyweight.
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