MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Kuehn (SO, Fargo, N.D./West Fargo HS) and Chad Johnson (JR, Ferryville, Wis./De Soto HS) claimed individual victories for Augsburg College, but the Auggies dropped a 29-6 decision to top-ranked Wartburg College (Iowa) in a wrestling dual meet on Thursday evening at Si Melby Hall.
Kuehn claimed an 8-3 victory at 141 pounds, while Johnson, the defending NCAA Division III national champion and top-ranked wrestler at heavyweight, claimed a 6-1 victory to end the match.
Wartburg (18-0 overall), the defending NCAA Division III national champions and top-ranked team in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll, won eight of 10 bouts against Augsburg (5-5 overall), ranked No. 22 in the national poll. Wartburg claimed three major decisions and a technical fall among its eight victories.
Kuehn won his fourth straight match to improve to 14-9 on the season with his 8-3 triumph over Wartburg's Andrew Johnson (JR, Kanehoe, Hawaii/Castle HS). Kuehn claimed two takedowns and a reversal, while building 3:14 of riding time in the win.
Johnson improved to 24-1 on the season with his 6-1 victory over Wartburg's Ryan Fank (JR, Independence, Iowa), the No. 6-ranked heavyweight nationally, in the only meeting of ranked wrestlers on the evening. Johnson built a 4-0 lead with a takedown and reversal, and used 2:44 of riding time to claim the win, improving to 92-13 on his career.
The closest match of the night came at 197, as Augsburg's Matt Hechsel (SO, Apple Valley, Minn.) rallied from a 7-3, third-period deficit with a reversal and three-point near-fall in the final 24 seconds of the third period to tie his match with Wartburg's No. 7-ranked Puna Soriano (JR, Waialua, Hawaii) at 8-8. But Soriano scored a takedown seven seconds into the first sudden-victory overtime session to claim a 10-8 win.
Augsburg returns to action on Saturday (2/2) at 9 a.m., competing at the St. John's University North Country Open in Collegeville, Minn.
No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa, 18-0) 29, No. 22 Augsburg (Minn., 5-5) 6
125 -- No. 7 Gilberto Camacho (WAR, 26-5) dec. Mike Fuenffinger (AUG, 20-4) 12-5 (Wartburg 3-0)
133 -- No. 1 Kenny Anderson (WAR, 20-0) tech. fall Tossaporn "Boyd" Suparat (AUG, 17-9) 18-1 at 6:08 (Wartburg 8-0)
141 -- Tom Kuehn (AUG, 14-9) dec. Andrew Johnson (WAR, 14-12) 8-3 (Wartburg 8-3)
149 -- No. 1 Kodie Silvestri (WAR, 16-1) maj. dec. Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 12-11) 13-3 (Wartburg 12-3)
157 -- vs. No. 3 Cole Welter (WAR, 17-2) maj. dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 9-15) 11-0 (Wartburg 16-3)
165 -- No. 1 Landon Williams (WAR, 27-1) dec. Justin Bowland (AUG, 8-13) 4-0 (Wartburg 19-3)
174 -- No. 5 Dylan Azinger (WAR, 12-3) dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 18-9) 9-4 (Wartburg 22-3)
184 -- No. 5 Sam Upah (WAR, 23-4) maj. dec. Noel Sweeney (AUG, 2-5) 11-3 (Wartburg 26-3)
197 -- No. 7 Puna Soriano (WAR, 21-5) dec. Matt Hechsel (AUG, 20-8) 10-8 (OT-SV1) (Wartburg 29-3)
HWT -- No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 24-1) dec. No. 6 Ryan Fank (WAR, 24-5) 6-1 (Wartburg 29-6)