UW-La Crosse wins at Augsburg

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Sports Information

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse wrestling team earned a 20-16 victory over Augsburg College Thursday night in Si Melby Hall. The Eagles, fifth in this week's National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Rankings, improve to 16-3 on the season. The Auggies, ranked 20th in the country, drop to 5-6 on the year.

Izzy Balsiger gave UW-L a 5-0 lead after the 125-pound match with a technical fall (20-5, 4:50) over Augsburg's Blong Kong. Balsiger improved to 21-2 on the season. Augsburg cut the deficit to 5-3 as Tossaporn Suparat won by decision (7-0) over James Bennett at 133.

The Eagles' Adam Sheley, ranked fourth in the NWCA at 141-pounds, made it 10-3 as he earned a technical fall victory (15-0, 3:13) over the Auggies' Tom Kuehn. Sheley is now 17-1 on the year.

Augsburg's Rashad Kennedy then won by decision (8-6) over Keegan Einerson at 149-pounds to make it 10-6, but UW-L's JR Lewis, ranked eighth in the nation at 157, won by decision (4-1) over Kurt Knutsen to give the Eagles a 13-6 lead. Lewis improved to 17-2.

The Auggies' Justin Bowland cut the lead to 13-9 with a win by decision (10-3) over Sean Huls at 165-pounds, but the Eagles took the next two matches to lead 20-9. At 174-pounds, 10th-ranked Kevin O'Brien earned a win by decision (3-1) over Josh Kohl and Eric Twohey won by major decision (9-1) over Noel Sweeney at 184. O'Brien improved to 10-3 while Twohey is now 22-6.

Augsburg took the final two matches to make it 20-16. Matt Hechsel won by decision (5-3) over Tony Piechowski at 197-pounds and Chad Johnson won by major decision (10-2) over Cody Endres at 285. Johnson is the top-ranked wrestler in Division III at 285-pounds.

UW-L returns to action Sunday, February 17 at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Dual Championships at UW-Eau Claire.

125 -- Izzy Balsiger (UWL, 21-2) tech. fall Blong Kong (AUG, 2-5) 20-5 at 4:50 (UW-La Crosse 5-0).
133 -- Tossaporn "Boyd" Suparat (AUG, 24-11) dec. James Bennett (UWL, 15-12) 7-0 (UW-La Crosse 5-3)
141 -- No. 4 Adam Sheley (UWL, 17-1) tech. fall Tom Kuehn (AUG, 21-14) 15-0 at 3:13 (UW La Crosse 10-3)
149 -- Rashad Kennedy (AUG, 18-14) dec. Keegan Einerson (UWL, 11-8) 8-6 (UW-La Crosse 10-6)
157 -- No. 8 JR Lewis (UWL, 17-2) dec. Kurt Knutsen (AUG, 9-18) 4-1 (UW-La Crosse 13-6)
165 -- Justin Bowland (AUG, 15-16) dec. Sean Huls (UWL, 5-7) 10-3 (UW-La Crosse 13-9)
174 -- No. 10 Kevin O'Brien (UWL, 10-3) dec. Josh Kohler (AUG, 24-11) 3-1 (UW-La Crosse 16-9)
184 -- Eric Twohey (UWL, 22-6) maj. dec. Noel Sweeney (AUG, 6-9) 9-1 (UW-La Crosse 20-9)
197 -- Matt Hechsel (AUG, 27-9) dec. Tony Piechowski (UWL, 8-7) 5-3 (UW-La Crosse 20-12)
HWT -- No. 1 Chad Johnson (AUG, 29-1) maj. dec. Cody Endres (UWL, 14-14) 10-2 (UW-La Crosse 20-16)


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