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Eric Peterson, Published December 09 2010

College wrestling: Auggies dump Dragons

Jon Swart was giving up around 40 pounds Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, but that didn’t keep the Minnesota State Moorhead senior from success.

Swart earned a 2-1 double overtime victory against Augsburg College freshman Niko Bogojevic at 285 pounds. That was one of the bright spots for the Dragons as Augsburg powered to a 31-12 dual victory in nonconference college wrestling.

The dual was the first for the Dragons this season.

“When you’re wrestling a guy who has 40 pounds on you, it takes a little bit more for you to work at it than him,” said Swart, a Fargo North graduate. “When it comes down to situations like that, I just fall back on my conditioning.”

Swart (6-5) weighed in at around 242 pounds, while Bogojevic was closer to the 285-pound weight limit.

“He’s (Bogojevic) a true freshman, but he was a big recruit coming out of high school,” said Dragons head coach Kris Nelson. “For Jon to beat him, that’s a big win for Jon.”

Ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, Augsburg proved too much for the Division II Dragons. The Auggies won 6 of the 10 matches, including three pins, a major decision and a forfeit.

“You can’t label them as a Division III team because they can wrestle with the best of them,” Swart said of the perennial wrestling power.

The Dragons had four starters missing from their lineup Wednesday, including Corey Ulmer (125), Tallen Wald (157), Tyler Kivel (165) and Jacob McLean (184).

Augsburg was also missing a few starters.

“It would have been nice to take one, but we are getting ready for our conference stuff,” Swart said. “Unfortunately, we had some guys with some injuries. When you have a broken up lineup like that, all you can do is wrestle hard your match and hopefully everyone else does the same.”

Senior Evan Forde had the Dragons most decisive victory with a 6-1 decision at 133 pounds against Augsburg sophomore Cody Madsen. Sophomore Jacob Bennett (165) and junior Trent Sovde (174) also earned wins for the Dragons.

“We had some guys show up and wrestle hard and we had some other guys that I thought would get to wins tonight and they didn’t,” Nelson said. “They didn’t go out there and do what I wanted them to do.”

The Dragons next host Jamestown College at 7 p.m. Friday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse in another nonconference dual.

“One thing I want to get in their head is they’ve got to keep battling and moving forward,” Nelson said. “That’s something we weren’t doing. Augsburg kept moving us forward and pushing us out of bounds. … We’ve got to have more fight.”

125: Roberts, AC, forfeit.

133: Forde, MSUM, dec. Madsen 6-1.

141: C. Hansen, AC, major decision Schneeberger 12-3.

149: Valek, AC, pinned MacGregor 6:10.

157: Priess, AC, dec. Steinwand 6-1.

165: Bennett, MSUM, dec. Bowland 7-4.

174: Sovde, MSUM, dec. Kohler 3-1 (ot).

184: Bahr, AC, pinned Kalbrener 2:35.

197: Baus, AC, pinned Woelfel 1:23.

285: Swart, MSUM, dec. Bogojevic 2-1 (2ot).

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