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Vikings win seven bouts en route to 26-9 win over No. 4 Augsburg

MINNEAPOLIS - Augustana won its third straight dual, taking down Augsburg, ranked fourth in NCAA Division III, 26-9 on Friday night. The Vikings improve their record to 9-4 on the season, while the Auggies are still reeling after an undefeated start to the season, losing their fourth consecutive dual, dropping their record to 5-4.With action beginning at 125 pounds, TJ North again started the Vikings off on the right foot. A 10-2 major decision by the fifth-ranked wrestler gave Augustana a 4-0 lead and North a 13-0 dual record so far this season.Morgan Engbrecht then pushed that lead to 7-0 with an 8-3 decision at 133 pounds and Jacob Anderson dominated his 141-pound opponent, earning his second major decision of the season with a 13-1 victory.The Vikings’ lead was trimmed to 11-3 when Augsburg’s Rashad Kennedy eked out a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Shawn Hatlestad at 149 pounds. Bradyn Neises immediately responded for Augustana, notching a 6-1 decision over the 157-pound Auggie to put the Vikings up 14-3 entering intermission.Time Weber evened his season record to 3-3 with a 6-0 decision at 165 pounds and gave Augustana a 17-3 lead. Tommy Teigen edged 174-pound Jeff Nielsen 2-0 drawing the Auggies within 11 points, but eighth-ranked Sean Derry closed the door on the comeback attempt.Derry equaled North’s perfect dual record, pinning his Augsburg opponent in 1:53 to give Augustana a 23-6 after the 184-pound bout with two remaining. Fourth-ranked Jayd Docken held No. 2 Matt Hechsel scoreless and notched a 3-0 decision victory at 197 pounds.Tasked with facing the No. 1 Division III heavyweight, Michael Lowman couldn’t add to the Viking lead and Chad Johnson gave the Auggies three more points with a 7-2 win. After 10 bouts and seven Viking wins, Augustana dispatched the fourth-ranked Augsburg squad 26-9.The Vikings close out a five-match road swing with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual against Minnesota State at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening in Mankato, Minn.Match Scores125: No. 5 TJ North won by major decision (10-2) over James Goman; Augustana 4-0133: Morgan Engbrecht won by decision (8-3) over Chad Bartschenfeld; Augustana 7-0141: Jacob Anderson won by major decision (13-1) over Marcus Hamer; Augustna 11-0149: Rashad Kennedy won in SV1 (3-1) over Shawn Hatlestad; Augustana 11-3157: Bradyn Neises won by decision (6-1) over Will Keeter; Augustana 14-3165: Tim Weber won by decision (6-0) over Justin Bowland; Augustana 17-3174: Tommy Teigen won by decision (2-0) over Jeff Nielsen; Augustana 17-6184: No. 8 Sean Derry won by fall (1:53) over Tyrell Martin; Augustana 23-6197: No. 4 Jayd Docken won by decision (3-0) over No. 2 Matt Hechsel; Augustana 26-6285: No. 1 Chad Johnson won by decision (7-2) over Michael Lowman; Augustana 26-9


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