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Augsburg dominates St. Olaf

MINNEAPOLIS -- Augsburg University, the No. 2-ranked team in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, was able to claim victories in eight straight bouts en route to a 42-9 dual-meet victory over St. Olaf College on Tuesday evening at Si Melby Hall.

After giving up a decision at 125, Augsburg's Sam Bennyhoff (JR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) got the Auggies on the board with a second-period technical fall. Bennyhoff picked up two takedowns and a two-point near-fall in the first period, to go along with a reversal and two four-point near-falls in the second period. Ranked No. 5 nationally at 133 pounds, Bennyhoff is now 5-0 on the season.

At 141 pounds, Mike Hayes (JR, Oconomowoc, Wis./Kettle Moraine HS) picked up a 1:31 pin over Thomas Sanner, moving his record to 4-1 on the season. Teammate Alex Wilson (JR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) followed with another Augsburg pin at 149 pounds, posting the fall in just 57 seconds. Wilson is also 4-1 on the year.

Bryce Zdanovec (SR, Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute HS) made it three straight Augsburg pins, posting a third-period fall over William Collins. Lucas Jeske (SO, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) took the forfeit for Augsburg at 165 pounds to move the match score to 29-3.

At 174 pounds, Tanner Vassar (SO, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) claimed three takedowns, an escape and a penalty point in addition to a riding-time point, as he posted a 9-0 major decision over Frankie Lee.

Jackson Graham (SR, Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley HS) moved to 3-2 on the season with a third-period technical fall of St. Olaf's Benjamin Keillor. Graham finished with two takedowns and three near-falls.

197-pounder Sebastian Larson (SR, River Falls, Wis./River Falls HS) remained unbeaten on the year with an 8-0 major decision over Sebastian Hyta.

At 125 pounds, St. Olaf's Lucas Womack claimed a 14-7 decision over Augsburg's Zach Ferguson (SO, St. Paul, Minn./Central HS).

The Oles claimed up their lone pin of the night in the final bout, as heavyweight Troy Beaman picked up a 2:35 pin over Ethan Hofacker (SO, Spring Valley, Wis./Spring Valley HS).

St. Olaf competes next on Saturday, December 2nd at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invitational.

Augsburg returns to action on December 2nd at the UW-La Crosse Candlewood Suites Duals.

Results:
125: Lucas Womack (STO, 1-2) dec. Zach Ferguson (AUG, 0-1) 14-7 (St. Olaf 3-0)
133: No. 5 Sam Bennyhoff (AUG, 5-0) tech. fall Luke Wallace (STO, 0-3) 16-1 at 4:50 (Augsburg 5-3)
141: Mike Hayes (AUG, 4-1) pin Thomas Saner (STO, 1-3) 2:03 (Augsburg 11-3)
149: Alex Wilson (AUG, 4-1) pinned Charles Geiser (STO, 0-3) 0:57 (Augsburg 17-3)
157: Bryce Zdanovec (AUG, 4-1) pinned William Collins (STO, 0-3) 5:36 (Augsburg 23-3)
165: Lucas Jeske (AUG, 5-0) wins by forfeit (Augsburg 29-3)
174: Tanner Vassar (AUG, 4-1) maj. dec. Frankie Lee (STO, 1-3) 9-0 (Augsburg 33-3)
184: Jackson Graham (AUG, 3-2) tech. fall Benjamin Keillor (STO, 0-3) 15-0 at 5:15 (Augsburg 38-3)
197: Sebastian Larson (AUG, 5-0) maj. dec.Sebastian Hyta (STO, 0-3) 8-0 (Augsburg 42-3)
HWT: Troy Beaman (STO, 4-1) pinned Ethan Hofacker (AUG, 0-3) 2:35 (Augsburg 42-9)

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