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Augsburg logoTeam: Augsburg College
Head Coach: Jim Moulsoff
Years at School as Head Coach: 3
Career Record at Current School: 24-8
Assistant Coaches: Tony Valek, Chad Johnson, Jared Massey, Orlando Ponce, Brad Fisher, Matt Hechsel, Will Keeter, John Peterson

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2015-2016 Dual Meet Record: 12-4

2016 NCAA Qualifiers: James Goman (125), Sam Bennyhoff (133), Aaron Wilson (141), Rashad Kennedy (149, 7th), Grant Parker (157, 7th), Eric Hensel (165, 5th), Sebastian Larson (184), Logan Hortop (197), Donny Longendyke (285, 2nd)

Returning NCAA Qualifiers (any year): Goman, Bennyhoff, Wilson, Marcus Hamer (2014 & 2015), Gable Frandsen (2015), Parker, Larson, Hortop

Top Returning Starters:
125 – Goman – NQ
133 – Bennyhoff – NQ – West Region Champion
141 – Aaron Wilson – NQ
149 – Marcus Hamer – 2X NQ
157 – Grant Parker – NQ and AA 7th Place
174 – Austin Boniface
184 – Sebastian Larson – NQ
197 – Logan Hortop – NQ

Top Incoming Wrestlers:
– Jack Bergeland (Blaine, Minn./Centennial HS, 133 pounds) Transfer from UW-Lacrosse
Three-time state tournament qualifier, finishing 4th at 106-AAA in 2014 and 6th at 106-AAA in 2013
Finished 33-12 in 2014-15, 40-6 in 2013-14 and 37-10 in 2012-12.

– Brent Chambers (Princeton, Minn., 197 or 285 pounds)
Two-time state tournament qualifier, finishing 6th at 220-AA in 2015.
Finished 29-5 in 2015-16 and 36-7 in 2014-15.

– Ryan Epps (Cannon Falls, Minn., 149 or 157 pounds)
Double All-American at the USA Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships. Epps placed 6th in Greco-Roman and 8th in Freestyle to be one of only three Minnesota seniors to accomplish Double All-American honors.
Won the 145-AA state championship in 2016 … Also finished 4th at 132 in 2015, and 2nd at 120-AA in 2014.
Four-time state tournament qualifier
Finished 39-0 in 2015-16, 39-4 in 2014-15, 37-6 in 2013-14 and 32-5 in 2012-13.

– Monty Frederiksen (Cambridge Isanti, Minn., 125 or 133 pounds)
Two-time state tournament qualifier.
Finished 301- in 2015-16 and 30-8 in 2014-15.

– Julian Georgescu (Fort Lauderdale, Flo./Cardinal Gibbons HS, 174 pounds)
Two-time state tournament qualifier, finishing 3rd at 170-1A in 2016 and 6th at 170-1A in 2015.
Finished 48-2 in 2015-16 and 52-6 in 2014-15.

– Victor Gliva (Farmington, Minn., 125 pounds)
Won the 113-AAA state championship in 2016 … Also finished 2nd at 106-AAA in 2015.
Three-time state tournament qualifier
Finished 44-1 in 2015-16, 45-3 in 2014-15 and 29-16 in 2013-14.

– Brandon Gore (South St. Paul, Minn., 184 pounds)
Finished 6th at 182-AA at the 2016 state tournament with a 24-15 record.

– Ethan Hofacker (Spring Valley, Wis., 285 pounds)
All-American at the USA Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships when he placed 6th at 220 pounds.
Won the 220-D3 state championship in 2016 … Also finished 2nd at 220-D3 in 2015 and 3rd at 195-D3 in 2014.
Three-time state tournament qualifier.
Finished 40-3 in 2015-16, 40-6 in 2014-15 and 44-4 in 2013-14.

– Lucas Jeske (Saint Michael Albertville, Minn. 165 or 174 pounds)
The 55th ranked overall recruit in the nation according to the Intermat.
All-American at the USA Junior Freestyle National Championships after making the finals and recording a National Runner-Up finish at 160 pounds.
Won the 152-AAA state championship in 2015 … Also finished 2nd at 170-AAA in 2016.
Two-time state qualifier
Finished 45-3 in 2015-16 and 20-1 in 2014-15

– Marcus Placide (Minneapolis, Minn. Washburn HS, 165 or 174 pounds)
Competed at the 170-AAA state tournament and compiled a 31-7 record in 2015-16.

– Cameron Schmitz (New Prague, Minn. 184 pounds)
Finished 3rd at 182-AA at the 2016 state tournament with a 36-11 record.

– Bryon Simmons (Chicago, Ill. Simeon HS, 141 pounds)
Competed at the 138-3A section tournament in 2016 with a 29-4 record.

– Tanner Vassar (Annandale Maple Lake, Minn. 141 pounds)
o Four-time state qualifier, finishing 4th at 132-AA in 2016, 2nd at 126-AA in 2015, and 3rd at 120-AA in 2015.
o Finished 38-8 in 2015-16, 40-4 in 2014-15, 33-9 in 2013-14, and 29-10 in 2012-13.

– Josh Verbeten (Wrightstown, Wis. 149 or 157 pounds)
Three-time state qualifier, finishing 2nd at 152-D2 in 2016 and 5th at 132-D2 in 2014.
Finished 40-8 in 2015-16, 28-14 in 2014-15, and 37-17 in 2013-14.

– Owen Webster (Shakopee, Minn. 184 pounds)
The 40th ranked overall recruit in the nation according to the Intermat.
World Bronze Medalist at the UWW Cadet World Championships.
National Champion at the USA Junior Freestyle National Championships
National Champion and National Runner-Up at the 2015 UWW National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships.
Four-time All-American at the USA Junior & Cadet Freestyle & Greco-Roman National Championships.
Won the 152-AAA state tournament in 2014 … Also finished 5th at 160-AAA in 2015 and 4th at 138-AAA in 2013.
Three-time state qualifier
Finished 38-4 in 2014-15, 32-5 in 2013-14, and 30-10 in 2012-13.

– Jonny Zarnke (Chaska, Minn. 184 pounds)
Two-time state qualifier, finishing 3rd at 182-AAA in 2016 and 5th at 182-AAA in 2015.
Finished 34-7 in 2015-16 and 24-10 in 2014-15.