DES MOINES, Iowa — Katie Lange (SO, Sherburn, Minn./Martin County West HS) claimed an individual title with three wins over NAIA nationally-ranked wrestlers, leading the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team at the Grand View University Open on Saturday.
Seeing her first action since the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals on Jan. 6-7, Lange claimed three technical falls among her four victories, outscoring her opponents by a 42-9 margin on the day. Ranked No. 4 in the latest NWCA’s NCAA women’s national rankings at 143 pounds, Lange scored a 12-0 technical fall over Eastern Oregon’s Liv Wieber, the No. 10-ranked NAIA wrestler at 143, then edged Emile Se of Southern Oregon, the No. 2-ranked NAIA 143-pounder, 6-5. In the finals, she scored a 14-4, 4:49 technical fall of Josette Partney of Missouri Baptist, the No. 7-ranked NAIA 143-pounder. Lange is now 24-6 on the season with seven pins and 12 technical falls.
The Auggies, ranked No. 5 in the latest NWCA NCAA women’s tournament rankings and No. 4 in the dual-meet rankings, competed against primarily NAIA opponents at the Grand View meet. No team results were kept at the meet. Twelve Auggies, primarily varsity reserves, competed at the meet.
Brooklyn Hays (FY, Lindon, Utah/Pleasant Grove HS), ranked No. 5 nationally at 155 pounds, moved up to 170 for the second time this season and finished in fourth place, going 3-2 with two pins. She is now 27-9 in her first collegiate season with 17 pins and four technical falls.
Faith Tuttle (SR, North St. Paul, Minn./North St. Paul HS) finished fifth at 191 pounds, going 4-2 with two pins. She scored wins over the Nos. 11-, 12- and 19-ranked wrestlers in the NAIA during her tournament run, improving to 12-6 on the year.
Grand View University Open Results
Augsburg returns to action on Thursday (2/9) at 7 p.m., with a dual meet at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Augsburg Individual Results
123 — Tateum Park 1-2.
130 — Autumn Flanigan 1-2.
136 — Kya Rybachek 0-2.
143 — Katie Lange 4-0, 1st place; Ellisa Jimenez 0-2.
170 – Brooklyn Hays 3-2, 4th place; Madi Horn 0-2; Savannah Ruiz 0-2 (Silver).
191 — Faith Tuttle 4-2, 5th place; Melissa Jacobs 1-2; Maia Foster 0-2; Belle Huss 0-2.
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