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No. 17 Augustana cruises to 41-3 over Northern State

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - No. 17 Augustana recorded four bonus-point victories on the way to a 41-3 victory over Northern State in the Vikings' final home dual of the season. Augustana improves their overall record to 11-4 with a 4-1 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition while the Wolves fall to 3-8, 0-4 in the NSIC.Northern State left the 125-, 184-, and 197-pound weight classes open giving the Vikings an 18-point cushion entering the first bout. Morgan Engbrecht wasted no time expanding that lead with his second tech fall of the season, reaching an 18-2 lead at 6:21.Augustana held an 11-0 lead after two bouts and Northern State scored their only points of the night when Ian Muirhead won an 8-2 decision over Jacob Anderson at 141 pounds.Shawn Hatlestad pushed the Vikings lead to 14-3 with a 9-2 decision at 149 pounds. Hatlestad was on pace for a major decision victory, but NSU's Beau Voegeli scored a two-point reversal late in the third period.Bradyn Neises added three more points for the Vikings with a 4-2 win at 157 pounds. After a first-period takedown, Nesies scored on a reversal in the second period to secure his eighth victory of the year.Tim Weber expanded the Viking lead to 21-3 after the intermission with his first major decision win of the year, a 10-2 win at 165 pounds. Drake Fanslau equaled Weber's major decision at 174 pounds. Fanslau led by four in the third period then scored a takedown and three-point nearfall, registering enough points for a major decision.After Fanslau's win and Sean Derry and Jayd Docken being awarded forfeit wins at 184- and 197-pound victories, respective, the Vikings led 38-3.Michael Lowman put the finishing touches on the blowout win with a 12-2 major decision win at 285 pounds. Lowman nearly earned his fifth pin of the season early in the bout, but still registered a three-point nearfall on the way to his first major decision.Augustana now head to the road for their final three bouts, beginning with No. 4 St. Cloud State on Feb. 7.Match Results125: No. 4 TJ North wins by forfeit over OPEN; Augustana 6-0133: Morgan Engbrecht wins by tech fall (6:21) over Cody Voegeli; Augustana 11-0141: Ian Muirhead wins by decision (8-2) over Jacob Anderson; Augustana 11-3149: Shawn Hatlestad wins by decision (8-2) over Beau Voegeli; Augustana 14-3157: Bradyn Neises wins by decision (4-2) over Sean Havlovic; Augustana 17-3165: Tim Weber wins by major decision (10-2) over Blake Lundgren; Augustana 21-3174: Drake Fanslau wins by major decision (11-2) over Anthony Navarro; Augustana 25-3184: Sean Derry wins by forfeit over OPEN; Augustana 31-3197: No. 5 Jayd Docken wins by forfeit over OPEN; Augustana 37-3285: Michael Lowman wins by major decision (12-2) over Anthony Reurink; Augustana 41-3

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