Augsburg’s Blake Jagodzinske named NCAA Elite 90 Award honoree for D-III men’s wrestling

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Augsburg University men’s wrestling student-athlete Blake Jagodzinske (JR, Sherburn, Minn./Martin County West HS) was named as the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average competing at the NCAA Division III Men’s Wrestling National Championships, announced on Saturday.

Jagodzinske is a finance and accounting major with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average. He was presented with the award by J.P. Williams, NCAA Associate Director of Championships and Alliances and tournament director for the NCAA Division III Men’s Wrestling National Championships, prior to the national finals on Saturday evening.

Blake Jagodzinske
Blake Jagodzinske

It’s the seventh time an Augsburg student-athlete has earned NCAA Elite 90 honors since the program started in the 2009-10 school year. Men’s hockey player Austin Koss earned the honor in 2022, men’s wrestler Victor Gliva earned the honor three straight years from 2018-20, Lauren Rice earned the honor for women’s indoor track and field in 2014, and Tony Valek earned the honor for men’s wrestling in 2012.

According to the NCAA: “The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above academically who have participated in a sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.”

Competing in his first national tournament this weekend, Jagodzinske finished in fifth place at the 2024 NCAA Division III National Championships at 157 pounds. He finished his junior campaign with a 20-8 record and is now 64-17 in his Augsburg career.

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