2012-2013 Augsburg Preview

Augsburg College Auggies (West Region)
Head Coach: Mark Matzek
Years at School as head coach: 5 years

Assistant Coaches: Jim Moulsoff, Tony Valek, Aaron Fuller, Adam Maronde

Facebook: Augsburg Wrestling

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 10-3
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Mike Fuenffinger (125), Will Keeter (141, 3rd), Tony Valek (149, 3rd), Orlando Ponce (157, 2nd), Tom Teigen (165), Josh Kohler (174), Brad Baus (197, 4th), Chad Johnson (285, 1st)
Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans: 125 – Mike Fuenffinger, 141-Will Keeter, 165 – Tommy Teigen, 174 – Josh Kohler 285 – Chad Johnson

Top returning starters:
125 – Mike Fuenffinger, SO (2012 NQ, FILA/JR World Team member, also competed in the US Greco Olympic team trials)
133 – Tossaporn Suparat, SR (Pinned UWSP All-American Mileski)
133/141 – Tom Kuehn, SO (Freshman starter for us last year, 20 win season, beat All-Americans -Mirocha from Wartburg last yr, and Henle from SJU)
141/149 – Will Keeter, JR (3rd place in the Nation last year at 141)
165 – Tommy Teigen, JR (2012 NQ)
174 – Josh Kohler, SR (2012 NQ)
184/197 – Matt Hechsel, SO (Freshmen starter for us last year, 20 win season, took 4th place in region)
HWT – Chad Johnson, JR (2X AA, Returning National Champion)

Top incoming wrestlers:
Mark Akpaka, South Mpls (149)
Amin Buta, South Mpls (133) – MN placewinner
Josh Chandler, Milton High Georgia (165) – GA placewinner
Romar Daniel, Hopkins (149) – MN qualifier
Nic Grimley, Monticello (285) – MN placewinner
Micheal Keilen, LaCrosse Central (141) – WI placewinner
Blong Kong, St. Paul Johnson (125)
Roarke Langer, Ellsworth, WI (133) – 3x WI placewinner, state champ
Joshua Mora, Volcano Vista, NM (125) 3x NM placewinner
Andrew Powers, Torrance High, CA (165/174) –  top 12 in Masters, Freakshow Flonationals placer (7th), Rocky Mountain Nationals (6th) placer
Jake Raymond, N. St Paul, (133)
Joe Raymond, N. St. Paul, (141) – 2x MN qualifier
Quinten Strand, DeSoto WI (174) – MN placewinner, 3x greco state champ, 2x freestyle state champ
Trey Theisen, New Lisbon, WI (141) – 3x WI placer, state champ, Junior Greco All-American

Season outlook:
Last season Augsburg had five All-Americans all place in the top four and finished 2nd as a team behind rival Wartburg. This year, they will have to cope with the loss of a pair of 3x All-Americans in Tony Valek and Orlando Ponce as well as All-American Brad Baus, but they return a strong group of five NCAA qualifiers led by 285 champion Chad Johnson. Will Keeter was 3rd at 141, and he returns as their other All-American. 125 lb. Mike Fuenffinger is fresh off a trip to the Junior World Championships in Greco-Roman and hopes to get on the podium in 2013. Wartburg will be tough to catch this season, but the sheer depth of the Auggie program ensures a tough wrestler at every weight, and that gives them a great chance to add to their trophy case this March.