Nina Makem earns 3rd All-American honor

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Nina Makem (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS) earned her third career All-American honor, finishing in eighth place at 155 pounds, leading the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team in competition at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships, held on Friday and Saturday.

Augsburg finished its fifth season of varsity women’s wrestling with a 19th-place finish at the national meet, the championships for NCAA-affiliated women’s wrestling programs, with 22.0 points.

Makem earned her third career All-American honor with an eighth-place finish at 155 pounds. Entering the tournament ranked No. 3 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA national poll at 155, Makem reached the quarterfinals with two first-period pins — a 1:16 pin of Erika Novak of Hiram (Ohio) and a 47-second pin of Azana King of Schreiner (Texas) on Friday. She suffered a 6-2 setback to No. 6-ranked Bella Mir of Iowa in the quarterfinals, but earned All-American honors with a 56-second pin of Nia Miranda of Mount Olive (N.C.). On Saturday, Makem was edged 4-3 by No. 7-ranked Madison Sandquist of Sacred Heart (Conn.) in the wrestlebacks, and suffered a 1:18 pin by No. 8-ranked Alex Hofrichter of Dubuque (Iowa) in the seventh-place match.

Makem finished the 2023-24 season with a 28-4 record, with 12 pins and nine technical falls. Her 28 wins are the sixth-most in a single season in school history, with her 12 pins third-most in a season and nine technical falls tied for eighth-most. A three-time All-American with finishes of second at 136 pounds in 2022 and fifth at 136 in 2023, Makem is now 84-16 in her career with 23 pins and 43 technical falls — the winningest women’s wrestler in school history. Her 23 career pins are third-most in program history, and her 43 technical falls are a school record.
Autumn Flanigan turns an opponent during a 2023-24 Augsburg women’s wrestling meet.
Two Auggies ended their collegiate careers during the first day of action on Friday. In its five-year history of women’s wrestling, Augsburg now has 52 national tournament qualifiers (44 NCWWC, eight WCWA) and 22 All-Americans (19 NCWWC, three WCWA).

Competing in her fourth national tournament, Autumn Flanigan (SR, Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanan HS) went 3-2 with two pins and a technical fall on Friday. She opened her tournament run with a 10-0, 2:05 technical fall over Jermariah Ferguson of Texas Woman’s University but was edged 4-2 by No. 9-ranked Marisa Angelos of Northern Michigan in the second round. She rallied back with a pair of pins in the wrestlebacks — a 3:51 pin of Aniyah Kelly of Wartburg (Iowa) and a 55-second pin of Paige Jackson of Lock Haven (Pa.) — but fell short of earning All-American honors with a 3-3, criteria loss to Erica Schroeder of Colorado Mesa.

Flanigan finished her senior season with a 16-9 record, with seven pins and seven technical falls. A national tournament qualifier in 2023 and 2022 at 130 pounds and an All-American with a third-place finish at 136 pounds in 2021, Flanigan finished 61-35 in her college career with 25 pins and 23 technical falls, second in school history in career pins and tied for fourth in career technical falls.

Melissa Jacobs pins an opponent during a 2023-24 Augsburg women’s wrestling meet.
Competing in her fourth career national championships, Melissa Jacobs (SR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Belle Plaine HS) went 1-2 on Friday, opening with a 3:59 pin of Makayla Rivera of Lindenwood (Mo.), but suffering a 10-0, 5:07 technical fall loss to No. 7-ranked Alexa Garcia of King (Tenn.). She dropped a 6-0 decision to Madeline Hodges of Sacred Heart (Conn.) in the wrestlebacks.

Jacobs finished 15-15 in her senior campaign with six pins and a technical fall. A qualifier for both the NCWWC and WCWA national tournaments in 2020 at 170 pounds, and the NCWWC nationals at 191 pounds in 2021, Jacobs finished her collegiate career at 48-57 with 16 pins and four technical falls.

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