Upper Iowa captures six bout victories to hold off NSC rival Augustana (S.D.)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Sixth-ranked Upper Iowa picked up its 10th dual win of the season and improved to 6-1 in the Northern Sun Conference with a 21-15 victory against No. 15 Augustana (S.D.). The Peacocks won six of the 10 bouts including a win by pin at 157 pounds to post a six-point win and set up a critical match with top-ranked St. Cloud State on Sunday.
After Augustana picked up a 6-2 decision at 125 pounds, Trevor Franklin earned a 5-2 decision at 133 pounds to tie the dual at three. Matt Paulus continued the momentum for Upper Iowa with a huge win at 141 pounds. Paulus defeated Brandon Charbonneau, who came in at 14-1 in his last 15 duals.
Jordan Rinken held his own against the Vikings' Nate Herda, dropping a 3-1 sudden victory in the 149-pound bout.
With the score tied at six, Bryce Lumzy scored the biggest of Upper Iowa's wins on the night with a win by fall at 157 pounds in just 53 seconds. The quick pin gave the Peacocks a 12-6 lead midway through the dual.
Upper Iowa put the dual out of reach with wins by decision at 165, 174 and 184 pounds thanks to the efforts of Wade Gobin, Blake Sorensen and Mitch Schultz. Gobin picked up a 5-4 win and Sorensen followed with a 5-3 victory. Schultz made his first appearance on the mat since the National Duals and recorded an 8-2 win to push Upper Iowa's lead to 21-6.
After Augustana picked up six points at 197 pounds thanks to a forfeit, Jeremy Brazil narrowly escaped with a win in the final match of the night. Brazil trailed 3-2 in the final seconds and was in position for a winning takedown on the edge of the circle as time wound down, but the horn sounded before he could score the winning points. Augustana used the final decision to pull within six, but Upper Iowa registered the 21-15 win.