Auggies earn 5 All-Americans at NWCA D-III Nationals

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Augsburg University men’s wrestlers earned five National Wrestling Coaches Association All-American honors, with all five remaining in championship contention after the first day of the NWCA Division III Coaches Association National Championships on Friday at the Xtream Arena.

Five Auggies – No. 3-ranked Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) at 157 pounds, No. 2-ranked Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS) at 174, No. 4-ranked Nick Rogge (JR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) at 184, No. 8-ranked Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (SO, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) and No. 8-ranked Tyler Kim (SO, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) at 285 pounds – earned NWCA All-American honors by advancing to the semifinal round.

Augsburg’s men’s wrestling program has now earned 264 All-American honors (38 NAIA, 213 NCAA Division III, 13 NWCA) in program history. The Auggies have had at least one All-American in national competition every season since 1977, and have now had three or more All-Americans at 41 different national tournaments since 1974.

After the cancellation of NCAA Division III winter sports championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NWCA’s Division III Coaches Association set up its own national tournament for Division III schools. No team results are being kept at the tournament, which will only award individual titlists.

At 184 pounds, No 4-ranked Rogge had a strong day, opening with a 19-2, third-period technical fall victory, then scoring a pair of first-period pinns – 1:08 over Seth Gardner of Southern Virginia and 2:08 over No. 5-ranked Ryan Schott of Coe (Iowa) – to earn All-American honors for the first time in his career. Rogge is now 10-0 with four pins, four technical falls and a major decision, and is now 64-14 in his Auggie career.
Tyler Kim attempts to lift an opponent during a 2020-21 Augsburg mens wrestling meet.

Entering the tournament ranked No. 8 at heavyweight, Kim earned his first All-American honor with one of the biggest upsets of the day, a 10-5 quarterfinal win over top-seeded Nico Ramirez of Southern Virginia. Kim used four takedowns and 1:26 of riding time to score the victory. He opened his tournament run with a 5-1 win over No. 9-ranked Trent Ragland of Averett (Va.). Kim is 6-2 on the season and 30-11 in his college career.

Nielsen, ranked No. 2 at 174, earned his second straight NWCA All-American honor with three wins, including a 5:51 pin of No. 11-ranked David McCullough of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Conn.) in the quarterfinals. Trailing 4-1 in the first period, Nielsen rallied back to take a 7-5 lead in the third period, before securing his second win by pin this season. He opened with a 13-6 win over Shyler Langley of Simpson (Iowa) and then scored a 9-7 win over Jordan Chisum of North Central (Ill.). Nielsen is now 8-0 on the season and 86-18 in his college career.

A transfer from Division I Tennessee-Chattanooga, Shilson earned his first collegiate All-American honor with three wins as the No. 3-ranked 157-pounder. He opened with a 16-0, second-period technical fall win over Bret Wilson of Concordia-Moorhead, then dispatched Robert Silva of Simpson (Iowa) by an 18-0, second-period technical fall. In his quarterfinal against No. 6-ranked Sean Sax of Westminster (Mo.), Shilson broke a 6-6 tie with a reversal with 50 seconds left in the match, then secured the 12-6 victory with a four-point near-fall. Shilson is now 8-0 with two pins and five technical falls, and is now 36-24 in his college career.
Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann has an opponent in a near-fall position during a 2020-21 Augsburg mens wrestling meet.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann, ranked No. 8 at 197, improved to a team-best 11-0 on the season with three victories – a 3:40 pin of Dylan Messer of Augustana (Ill.), a 5-2 win over No. 11-ranked Brady Vogel of Loras (Iowa), and an 11-2, major decision win over Don Phillips II of Buena Vista (Iowa). Of his 11 wins, Schwanebeck-Ostermann has a pin, two technical falls and three major decisions. He is now 31-9 in his Auggie career.

Five Auggies ended their seasons in the wrestlebacks – 125-pounder Justin Stauffacher (SO, Belle Plaine, Minn./Belle Plaine HS (Scott West)), 133-pounder Charlie Pickell (FY, Mankato, Minn./Mankato West HS), 141-pounder Brady Gross (SO, Rosemount, Minn./Apple Valley HS), 149-pounder Charlie Stuhl (FY, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) and 165-pounder Connor Thorsten (FY, Foley, Minn./Foley HS).

Stauffacher went 2-2 on the day with a pin to finish his season at 5-2. He is now 22-13 in his career. Pickell also went 2-2 with a major decision to end his initial college season at 7-2. Gross finished his sophomore season with a 6-2 record and is now 29-10 in his career. Stuhl went 2-2 to finish his first year at 6-2, and Thorsten went 2-2 to finish at 6-3 on the season.

Action will conclude in the final session, starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday (3/13).

NWCA Division III Coaches Association National Championships
Fri-Sat, Mar 12-13 – Coralville, Iowa
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March 12, 2021 – Xtream Arena, Coralville, Iowa
No team scores kept

  • 125 — No. 6 Justin Stauffacher (Augsburg) pinned Tyler Laudick (Nebraska Wesleyan) 1:05; Stauffacher inj. def. No. 12 J.D. McMillin (Ferrum) 5:39; No. 3 Alex Friddle (Coe) maj. dec. Stauffacher 10-2; No. 8 Dylan McChesney (Simpson) pinned Stauffacher 2:24 (Stauffacher eliminated).
  • 133 — No. 4 Charlie Pickell (Augsburg) dec. Trevor Boryla (Augustana-Ill.) 10-9; Pickell maj. dec. Cody Castelline (Fontbonne) 11-3; No. 12 Zach Thompson (Loras) dec. Pickell 6-4; Shandon Akeo (Central) maj. dec. Pickell 16-5 (Pickell eliminated).
  • 141 — No. 8 Brady Gross (Augsburg) dec. No. 9 Veliko Kochiu (Concordia-Wisconsin) 8-3; No. 1 Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) dec. Gross 7-3; No. 3 Jalen Schropp dec. Brady Gross 7-0 (Gross eliminated).
  • 149 — No. 9 Charlie Stuhl (Augsburg) maj. dec. Mark Roberts (Iowa Wesleyan) 10-0; No. 8 Noah Caskey (U.S. Coast Guard Acad.) dec. Stuhl 7-3; Stuhl dec. Jacob Prunty (Concordia-Moorhead) 7-4; Danny Terronez (Augustana-Ill.) dec. Stuhl 7-4 (Stuhl eliminated).
  • 157 — No. 3 Tyler Shilson (Augsburg) tech. fall Bret Wilson (Concordia-Moorhead) 16-0 at 3:46; Shilson tech. fall Robert Silva (Simpson) 18-0 at 2:38; Shilson dec. No. 6 Sean Sax (Westminster) 12-6.
  • 165 — No. 11 Connor Thorsten (Augsburg) dec. Tyler Bents (Concordia-Moorhead) 6-4 (OT-SV1); Thorsten pinned Luke Condy (Central) 1:32; Thorsten pinned James Snyder (Stevens Inst. of Tech.) 6:50; No. 8 Ryler Kurimski (Coe) dec. Thorsten 10-3 (Thorsten eliminated).
  • 174 — No. 2 Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg) dec. Shyler Langley (Simpson) 13-6; Nielsen dec. Jordan Chisum (North Central) 9-7; Nielsen pinned No. 11 David McCullough (U.S. Coast Guard Acad.) 5:51.
  • 184 — No. 4 Nick Rogge (Augsburg) tech. fall Zachary Thomas (Iowa Wesleyan) 19-2 at 5:54; Rogge pinned Seth Gardner (Southern Virginia) 1:08; Rogge pinned No. 5 Ryan Schott (Coe) 2:08.
  • 197 — No. 8 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (Augsburg) pinned Dylan Messer (Augustana-Ill.) 3:40; Schwanebeck-Ostermann dec. No. 11 Brady Vogel (Loras) 5-2; Schwanebeck-Ostermann maj. dec. Don Phillips II (Buena Vista) 11-2.
  • 285 — No. 8 Tyler Kim (Augsburg) dec. No. 9 Trent Ragland (Averett) 5-1; Kim dec. No. 1 Nico Ramirez (Southern Virginia) 10-5.

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