FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Augsburg College is the No. 3 seed at the 2017 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III National Duals, to be held on Thursday and Friday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Augsburg will receive a first-round bye in the 22-team tournament and will face the winner of the North Central (Ill.) vs. Springfield (Mass.) match on Thursday at 11 a.m. Quarterfinal matches will on Thursday at 3 p.m., with semifinals on Friday at 11 a.m. and the championship match on Friday at 2 p.m. Twelve of the 22 teams in the expanded Division III field are ranked in the top 25 in the latest NWCA Division III national poll, including nine of the top 15-ranked teams.
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 won the crown 10 times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Augsburg has placed second at the National Duals four times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2012), placed third twice (2008, 2011), placed fourth in 2014, sixth in 2015 and seventh in 2016.
Augsburg is 47-14 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 52-23 all-time in NWCA National Duals competition. In its 61 Division III National Duals meets, Augsburg has outscored its competition by a 1,679-744 margin, an average score of 27.5 to 12.2.