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Augsburg tops rival for record 12th championship

2015 Division III Wrestling

For two decades, either Augsburg College or Wartburg College has claimed every NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. Entering the 2015 championships, Wartburg was favored to repeat for a fifth consecutive national title.

Following first-round action, though, Wartburg had a lead of only 1.5 points over its rival. Later, Augsburg was able to secure 24 bonus points – via seven pins, two technical falls and seven major decisions – that proved to be the difference. Augsburg finished with 100 points, edging Wartburg’s 89.5.

“It’s always great to beat an archrival, but there’s so much respect for Wartburg,” said Augsburg interim head coach Jim Moulsoff. “We just tried to focus on the things we could work on this year and not worry so much about what they were doing.”

Augsburg’s championship was made possible by several impressive individual efforts. In a rematch of the 2014 125-pound final, Augsburg’s Mike Fuenffinger scored a dominating win with a 15-2 major decision over second-seeded Lucas Malmberg of Messiah. Chad Bartschenfeld lost in the 133-pound final match, but built up significant points along the way for Augsburg by advancing through the bracket despite being unseeded. Heavyweight Donny Longendyke pulled off a 1-0 win over Terrance Jean-Jacques of Rhode Island College to claim his first-ever individual national title.

With the victory, Augsburg became the first team in Division III wrestling history to win 12 national championships. 

The Results

2015 Division III Wrestling

Championship
Augsburg, 100
Wartburg, 89.5
Wabash (Ind.), 66.5

Most Outstanding Wrestler
Mike Fuenffinger, Augsburg College

Elite 89 Honoree
Daniel Del Gallo, Southern Maine

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