No. 2-ranked Augsburg College will attempt to become the first school to win six titles in the 11-year history of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals, presented by Hibiclens and The Marines, this weekend at the Prairie Capital Center in Springfield, Ill.
Auggie action begins on Saturday at 11 a.m., as Augsburg faces unranked Rhode Island College, and will face either No. 10 Olivet (Mich.) or No. 18 Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday at 3 p.m. Action will continue both Saturday and Sunday, with the Division III championship match slated for Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fifteen of the 16 teams in the Division III field are ranked in the top 30 in the latest NWCA Division III national poll, with seven of the top 10-ranked teams represented in the field.
Since the NWCA began the Division III National Duals in 2002, the trophy has rested at either Augsburg or Wartburg (Iowa). Augsburg has won the title five times (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), while Wartburg has also won the crown five times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011). Augsburg has placed second at the National Duals three times (2003, 2004, 2006) and placed third twice (2008, 2011).
Augsburg is 35-5 in NWCA Division III National Duals competition since 2002. Augsburg also appeared in five NWCA National Duals competitions prior to the 2002 season, when the defending Division III national champion was invited to compete with Division I squads. Augsburg is 40-14 all-time in NWCA National Duals competition.
In its 40 Division III National Duals meets, Augsburg has outscored its competition by a 1,217-383 margin, an average score of 30.4 to 9.6.