Wartburg 22 Augsburg 14

Auggies drop Battle of the Burgs bout to Knights

WAVERLY, Iowa — Wartburg University claimed wins in six of 10 bouts, with four wins by major decision, to claim victory in the annual “Battle of the Burgs” dual meet with Augsburg University, a 22-14 decision on Thursday evening.

Augsburg, the No. 6-ranked team in the latest NWCA Division III tournament rankings and No. 1 in the dual-meet rankings, opened the dual meet with a victory, but Wartburg won five of the next six bouts to take a lead it would not relinquish. Wartburg is ranked No. 1 in the NWCA tournament rankings and No. 3 in the dual-meet rankings.

No. 4-ranked 157-pounder Tyler Shilson (SR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) scored one of the biggest wins of the night, using a 1:01 riding-time advantage to claim a 2-1 win over Wartburg’s No. 1-ranked David Hollingsworth, Shilson’s first win over Hollingsworth in three career meetings. Both wrestlers scored on escapes, but Shilson used a strong leg ride in the third period to build just enough riding time to claim the win, improving to 21-3 on the season.

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Minnesota Set for Senior Day Clash against No. 17 Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 11 University of Minnesota wrestling program (10-2, 3-2 B1G) will look to protect an unblemished home record on Saturday afternoon, as they host No. 17 Illinois (5-4, 3-2 B1G) inside Maturi Pavilion at Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CST.

The dual will be broadcasted live on Big Ten Network with Ray Flores and Tim Johnson on the call. Fans can also follow along to match-by-match updates on Twitter at @GopherWrestling.

The dual will also act as the program’s Senior Day, as the Gophers will honor eight graduates – Jake Bergeland, Michael Blockhus, Michial Foy, Jake Gliva, Keaton Kluever, Jared Krattiger, Bailee O’Reilly, and Marcos Polanco.

Some of Saturday’s honored athletes may choose to use their remaining eligibility at a later date, while fellow Gopher seniors Patrick McKee, Brayton Lee, and Garrett Joles have already shared their intentions to use their final year of eligibility next season.

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Dragons Face Tests Against St. Cloud State and Mankato

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The MSUM wrestling team will close their home dual schedule this weekend as the Dragons welcome fifth-ranked St. Cloud State to Nemzek Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. on Friday. MSUM will then host Minnesota State Mankato at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

MSUM will honor four seniors and a senior student manager on Friday night ahead of the dual with the Huskies. The seniors being honored are as follows: Samuel Grove (197 pounds) – Moorhead, Minn. – Major: MS in Counseling, Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Cody Dravis (165 pounds) – Park Rapids, Minn. – Major: Construction Management
Anthony Castro (174 pounds) – Rupert, Idaho – Major: Communication Studies, Event Planning and Promotion Emphasis; Andre Baguma (Heavyweight) – Fargo, N.D. – Major: Exercise Science, Health & Fitness; and Chloe Lear (Student Manager) – Pipestone, Minn. – Major: Elementary Inclusive Education.

The Dragons are 1-6 in dual competition and are 0-5 in NSIC duals this season. MSUM lost their most recent dual on the road to Minot State last Thursday. Jacob Davis led the Dragons in that dual with a 23-5 technical fall victory over Minot State’s Isaac Ortega. On Sunday, 12 MSUM wrestlers competed at the North Country Open hosted by Saint John’s University. Jonas Anez and Andre Baguma took runner-up honors at the open in their respective weight classes. Gunnar Mogen also picked up three wins in the open, finishing third at 149 pounds.

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Johnnies Travel North for Friday Matinee

The Johnnie wrestling team travels north to face Itasca C.C. for a 1 p.m. dual this Friday, Jan. 27, in Grand Rapids.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Two Saint John’s wrestlers – juniors Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) and Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael Albertville) – finished second at the Johnnies’ annual North Country Open this past Sunday (Jan. 22) in Sexton Arena. The tournament consisted of 125 wrestlers from all three NCAA divisions and junior college.

Gilbertson started his day at 184 pounds with a 25-6 technical fall and edged Brett Graham from Division II MSU-Moorhead with a 5-4 decision in the semifinal, before falling to Division II St. Cloud State’s Bryce Fitzpatrick by a 4-1 score in the final. He now boasts a team-leading 12 wins (12-8 record) this season.

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Jackrabbits travel to UNC, Air Force

The South Dakota State wrestling team will attempt to stay undefeated in the month of January as it prepares for a pair of Big 12 Conference duals in the state of Colorado this weekend.

The 18th-ranked Jackrabbits, 9-2 overall and 3-0 against Big 12 opponents, open the weekend against a Northern Colorado team that is receiving votes in this week’s National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Action Friday evening is slated to start at 6 p.m. Mountain Time (7 p.m. Central) at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colorado.

The Bears enter the week with a 10-2 overall dual mark, including an 0-2 in the Big 12. UNC split a pair of road duals last weekend, dropping a 24-10 decision at league foe Oklahoma State on Jan. 20, before coming back with a 36-3 nonconference win at Little Rock.

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Vikings Host DWU Friday, Travels to SMSU Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–The No. 14 Augustana Viking wrestling team hosts the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers on Friday night at the Elmen Center for Youth Wrestling/Vikings Kids Club night. On Sunday, AU is back in action in Marshall, Minnesota, for an NSIC matchup against the No. 22 Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs.

Live results can be found at GoAugie.com/Live and on the GoAugie app, presented by CellOnly, found in the app store and on Google play.

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