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Augsburg wins 15th national title in Division III

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- On Saturday night, in a tightly-contested team race at the 2024 NCAA Division IIII Championships, Augsburg needed top-seeded 184-pounder Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann to deliver.

He not only delivered but did so in dominant fashion.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann defeated Ryan DeVivo of Johnson & Wales by technical fall, 17-2, in the championship match at 184 pounds, clinching the second straight national team title for Augsburg. It marked the 15th national team title for Augsburg. Augsburg or Wartburg have combined to win every NCAA Division III national team title since 1995.

Two matches later, Augsburg put a cherry on top of the team title with Tyler Kim giving the Auggies a second individual national champion. Kim defeated rival Michael Douglas of UW-La Crosse 4-2 in the 285-pound championship match, avenging a loss from the regional two weeks ago.

Augsburg concluded the two-day event with 95 points. Wartburg finished runner-up in the team standings with 87.5 point, followed by third-place UW-La Crosse with 82.5 points. Augsburg went 2-for-2 in finals matches. Wartburg went 1-for-2, while UW-La Crosse was 1-for-4.

Wartburg's lone national title came at 197 pounds as Massoma Endene repeated as national champion, beating Gabe Zierden of Concordia-Moorhead by major decision (12-4) in the finals.

UW-La Crosse's lone champion was also a repeat winner, Nolan Hertel at 157 pounds. He claimed a 4-2 win over No. 3 Peter Kane of Williams. With the match tied 1-1 in the third period, Hertel came out of a flurry with just under a minute remaining and locked up a cradle to pick up a takedown, which would be enough to give him the victory.

Other repeat champions included Joziah Fry of Johnson & Wales (125) and Michael Petrella of Baldwin Wallace (149).

Fry won his second national title with a major decision (18-8) over No. 2 Christian Guzman of North Central. He finished his tournament with three technical falls and a major decision. Fry helped Johnson & Wales to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

Petrella picked up a second-period pin over No. 2 Tyler Goebel of UW-La Crosse to win his second title at 149 pounds. After a scoreless opening period, Petrella rode Goebel hard in the second period, earning a stall call before using a chin drop to put the UW-La Crosse wrestler on his back to secure the pin. Baldwin Wallace finished sixth in the team standings.

Chase Randall of Coast Guard used a headlock in the third period to pin No. 3 Jaden Hinton of Baldwin Wallace. Randle, seeded fifth, built a 4-l lead before tossing Hinton to his back in the final period to secure the pin. Earlier in the day, Randall knocked off two-time national champion Robbie Precin of North Central, which snapped a 90-match win streak.

Josh Wilson became Greensboro's first national champion in program history, beating No. 1 Jacob Reed of Ohio Northern 4-2. The two wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods. Reed then came out on top in a third-period scramble to score the go-ahead points and held on to win by two.

TCNJ's Nick Sacco edged No. 4 Noah Leisgang of UW-La Crosse 2-1 in the championship match at 165 pounds, avenging a loss from last year's NCAA third-place match. Sacco rode out Leisgang in the second period, securing a riding time point, which proved to be the difference.

UW-Eau Claire's Jared Stricker won the title at 174 pounds, beating Wartburg's Zane Mulder 10-3, avenging a loss from last year's NCAA finals. Stricker, seeded No. 1, picked up takedown takedowns in each of the three periods, with the final one coming in the final moments of the match off a desperation headlock from Mulder. Stricker's performance helped UW-Eau Claire finish in the top five in the team standings.

125: No. 1 Joziah Fry (Johnson & Wales) maj. dec. No. 2 Christian Guzman (North Central), 18-8
133: No. 5 Chase Randall (Coast Guard) pinned No. 3 Jaden Hinton (Baldwin Wallace), 5:52
141: No. 2 Josh Wilson (Greensboro) dec. No. 1 Jacob Reed (Ohio Northern), 4-2
149: No. 1 Michael Petrella (Baldwin Wallace) pinned No. 2 Tyler Goebel (UW-La Crosse), 4:19
157: No. 1 Nolan Hertel (UW-La Crosse) dec. No. 3 Peter Kane (Williams), 4-2
165: No. 2 Nick Sacco (TCNJ) dec. No. 4 Noah Leisgang (UW-La Crosse), 2-1
174: No. 1 Jared Stricker (UW-Eau Claire) dec. No. 2 Zane Mulder (Wartburg), 10-3
184: No. 1 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (Augsburg) tech. fall Ryan DeVivo (Johnson & Wales), 19-2 6:36
197: No. 1 Massoma Endene (Wartburg) maj. dec. No. 3 Gabriel Zierden (Concordia-Moorhead), 12-4
285: No. 3 Tyler Kim (Augsburg) dec. No. 4 Michael Douglas (UW-La Crosse), 4-2

Team Standings (Top 10):
1. Augsburg 95
2. Wartburg 87.5
3. UW-La Crosse 82.5
4. Johnson & Wales 76
5. UW-Eau Claire 69
6. Baldwin Wallace 61.5
7. Coast Guard 52.5
8. North Central 42.5
9. TCNJ 37
10. Loras 34.0