Augustana tops MSU wrestling

Cody George waited almost too long to make his charge.

But when the Minot State University senior wrestler noticed 15 seconds were left in his match with Augustana’s Tim Weber on Sunday at the MSU Dome, he made a move.

“It was a short time,” George said. “I was down a point and I tried a few shots. It was getting late in the round. … I went for a throw and it worked for me.”

George recorded a two-point near fall and a takedown to win his match, the most dramatic one of the afternoon, at 184 pounds. But MSU ended up dropping its dual against No. 19 Augustana 29-15.

“We’re trying to win little victories,” MSU coach Robin Ersland said. “It’s baby steps at this stage. … We’ve had so many guys hurt and so many guys in and out of the lineup that I felt like today that we competed.”

The Beavers trailed 23-0 before Eric O’Neill, a freshman transfer from North Carolina State, won his decision against Vikings sophomore Parker Swanson. Matt Fetterley followed with a 3-2 decision against Jeff Nielsen before George beat Weber.

“It’s nice that (George) could pull it out in the end,” Ersland said. “I told him that he really didn’t do anything until there was no time left in the match. Then he pulls it out and wins the match. The thing is Cody’s capable of that in any match. He could hit that throw late in the match on anybody.

“We just gotta convince him he can. This time he went for broke and he got it.”

Despite his team’s victory, Augustana coach Jason Reitmeier said the dual left a lot to be desired. Only two Vikings recorded pins.

“Certain individuals performed pretty well for us,” Reitmeier said. “But overall I was pretty disappointed.”