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College wrestling: Wartburg wins 'Battle of the Burgs'

MINNEAPOLIS — Top-ranked Wartburg College won four of the last five matches, including the last two, as the Knights topped second-ranked Augsburg, 20-13, Thursday in the Battle of the Burgs.

The victory was Wartburg’s ninth consecutive over its rival, including second of this year. The Knights beat the Auggies, 31-9, to win the Division III NWCA National Duals title Jan. 6.

Just like the first meeting, Augsburg captured the first two matches as Victor Gilva and Sam Bennyhoff opened with wins at 125 and 133.

Cross Cannone got Wartburg on the scoreboard with a 4-3 win over seventh-ranked David Flynn before two-time national champion Kenny Martin had to hold off ninth-ranked Ryan Epps, 7-5 at 149.

The Auggies grabbed the momentum at `157 when unranked Tanner Vasser used a ‘Peterson roll’ to take a 6-0 lead in the first period en route to a 8-7 upset of second-ranked Logan Thomsen that made it 9-6 Augsburg at the intermission.

But former high school teammates Andrew Steiert and Eric DeVos followed with victories for Wartburg, with DeVos scoring a 21-6 technical fall over Austin Boniface to put the Knights up for good.

After the Auggies closed to within 14-13, Kyle Fank and Lance Evans closed out the win for Wartburg, with second-ranked Evans putting the final nail in the coffin rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat third-ranked Donny Longendyke, 5-4, at 285.

Wartburg improved to 19-0 and close its regular season next Thursday at Loras.

Wartburg 20, Augsburg 13

125 — Victor Gilva (Aug) dec. Arnulfo Olea 6-1, 133 — Sam Bennyhoff (Aug) dec. Connor Campo 9-4, 141 — Cross Cannone (War) dec. David Flynn 4-3, 149 — Kenny Martin (War) dec. Ryan Epps 7-5, 157 — Tanner Vasser (Aug) dec. Logan Thomsen 8-7, 165 — Andrew Steiert (War) dec. Lucas Jeske 7-1, 174 — Eric DeVos (War) tech fall over Austin Boniface 21-6, 184 — Owen Webster (Aug) dec. Bryan Levsen 10-2, 197 — Kyle Fank (War) dec. Sebastian Larson 5-1, 285 — Lance Evans (War) dec. Donny Longendyke 5-4.


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I’m a Waterloo native who has covered Cedar Valley sports for more than 30 years for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. I’m also a big Cincinnati Reds fan … Go Big Red Machine!

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