Two Auggie women to wrestle for national titles

ADRIAN, Mich. — Two Augsburg University women’s wrestlers will compete for national titles, while two others will compete for consolation crowns, as the Auggies sit in a tie for sixth place after the first day of the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships at Adrian College on Friday.

Augsburg stands in a tie for sixth place with 69.0 points after the first day of the two-day competition, featuring competitors from 32 NCAA schools that sponsor women’s wrestling. Four of the 12 Auggie qualifiers earned All-American honors, with two in the finals and two in the wrestlebacks. Consolation wrestlebacks and placing matches will begin at 9 a.m. (Central time) on Saturday, with national title matches starting at 1 p.m. (Central time).

TOP 10 TEAMS: 1. McKendree (Ill.) 158.0; 2. King (Tenn.) 132.5; 3. Simon Fraser (B.C.) 119.0; 4. North Central (Ill.) 113.5; 5. Colorado Mesa 70.0; 6t. Augsburg (Minn.) 69.0; 6t. Tiffin (Ohio) 69.0; 8t. Emmanuel (Ga.) 35.5; 8t. Gannon (Pa.) 35.5; 10. Adrian (Mich.) 35.0.

Top-ranked 109-pounder Emily Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) will compete for her third NCWWC national title on Saturday, after dominating the competition on Friday. Shilson opened with a 28-second pin of Trinity Oredina of Tiffin (Ohio), then scored a 14-4, 2:30 technical fall over Danielle Garcia of King (Tenn.) in the quarterfinals, and claimed a 10-0, 1:31 technical fall over No. 4-ranked Natalie Reyna of McKendree (Ill.). Shilson, who won NCWWC national titles at 109 pounds in 2021 and 2020 and the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Alliance national title in 2020, is now 24-0 on the season with 12 technical falls and seven pins. In her college career, Shilson is now 46-0 with 25 technical falls and 15 pins.

No. 5-ranked 136-pounder Nina Makem (FY, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS) qualified for her first national title match with three victories on Friday. She opened with a 47-second pin of Samantha Larios of Emmanuel (Ga.), then scored a 12-6 win over No. 4-ranked Skye Realin of McKendree in the quarterfinals and an 8-7 win over top-ranked Ana Luciano of King in the semifinals — her second win in three tries over Luciano this season. Makem is now 29-5 on the season with three pins and 17 technical falls.

Marlynne Deede (JR, Springville, Utah/Springville HS), ranked No. 3 nationally at 155 pounds, went 2-1 on the day to remain in contention for a third-place finish, earning her third All-American honor. She opened with a 12-0, 3:00 technical fall over Caitlyn Gilmore of Limestone (S.C.), then advanced to the semifinals with a 4:53 pin over No. 6-ranked Skylah Chakouian of Elmira (N.Y.). In the semifinals, she was edged 3-0 by No. 2-ranked Alyvia Fiske of Simon Fraser (B.C.), dropping her to Saturday’s consolation semifinals. Deede, who finished third at the 2021 NCWWC and sixth in 2020, is now 23-5 on the season with five pins and 12 technical falls, and 46-18 in her college career.

Gabby Skidmore (JR, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) will wrestle for seventh place at 123 pounds on Saturday, after going 2-2 on Friday. She opened with a 7-0 win over Catherine Bertrand of Presbyterian (S.C.), but suffered a 13-3 technical fall loss to top-ranked Alexandra Hedrick of Simon Fraser in the quarterfinals. She bounced back with a 12-2, 2:25 technical fall over Samantha Parcell of Albion (Mich.) in the wrestlebacks, but dropped to the seventh-place match after being pinned by No. 5-ranked Cayden Condit of Lindenwood (Mo.). Skidmore, who finished second at 130 pounds at the 2020 Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Alliance tournament and sixth at 130 in the 2020 NCWWC, is now 21-7 on the season and 40-14 in her college career.

Eight other Auggies saw their seasons come to an end in Friday’s action. At 130 pounds, Autumn Flanigan (SO, Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanan HS) went 2-2, finishing her season 14-9. Sierra Brown Ton (JR, Allen, Texas/Einstein HS) went 2-2 at 136 to finish 7-7 on the season. Kya Rybachek (SO, Mountain Iron, Minn./Hibbing HS) went 2-2 at 143 to finish her sophomore campaign at 12-11.

Charlotte Kouyoumtjian (FY, Porterville, Calif./Monache HS, 123 pounds), Kahlea Jolly (JR, Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial HS, 155 pounds), Madison Horn (SO, Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater HS, 170 pounds), Faith Tuttle (JR, North St. Paul, Minn./North St. Paul HS, 191 pounds) and Lay Reid (FY, West St. Paul, Minn./Henry Sibley HS, 191 pounds) all went 0-2 on Friday.

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