Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dragons Wrestling 12 Augsburg 31

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons Wrestling team opened up their dual season with a matchup against NCAA Division-III No. 1 Augsburg College Auggies Wednesday night inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons could not overcome Augsburg's early lead and fell by a final of 12-31.

The Dragons got their first win on the night when Jacob Bennett defeated the Auggies' Justin Bowland by a final of 7-4. Bennett gained his points by taking down Bowland twice in the second period and rode his way to a decision win.

Trent Sovde also took care of his opponent Josh Kohler by winning in a 3-1 decision in sudden victory overtime. After three periods each wrestler had one point heading into the sudden victory period where Sovde gained a last second takedown to take the match.

Evan Forde had the most decisive win for the Dragons, defeating the Auggies' Cody Madsen by a 6-1 final. Forde lead Madsen heading into the final period 3-1 and gained his second takedown to secure the win, capping it off with one more point of riding time.

The most dramatic win for the Dragons came at heavyweight where Jon Swart defeated Niko Bogojevic in the second overtime period. Swart and Bogojevic each had one escaped but it was Bogojevic's penalty in the final seconds that gave Swart the final edge to defeat Bogojevic by a final of 2-1.

The Dragons drop their opener and fall to 0-1 on the season. The Auggies improve to 1-1 on the year to start their dual season. The Dragons return to Nemzek on Friday when they take on the Jimmies of Jamestown College at 7 p.m.

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