Augsburg’s Nina Makem 2nd at 68kg at U23 National Championships

SPOKANE, Wash. — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Nina Makem (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS) finished second in the Under-23 division 68-kilogram (150 pounds) weight class at the USA Wrestling/U.S. Marine Corps Women’s National Championships, held over the weekend.

Makem reached the finals in the 68 kg class with three victories, including a 10-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals and 46-second pin in the semifinals, then faced former Augsburg women’s wrestler Brooklyn Hays in the best-of-three finals, with the winner securing a spot in the 2024 U23 Pan American Championships team for the June championships in Colombia.

Makem won the first bout by a 3-2 decision, but lost in a 5:12 pin in the second match and in a 3:49 pin in the deciding match to Hays, who was an All-American for the Auggies with a sixth-place finish at 170 pounds at the 2023 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships for NCAA-affiliated schools.

Makem earned her third career All-American honor with an eighth-place finish at 155 pounds at the 2024 NCWWC tournament, finishing 28-4 with 12 pins and nine technical falls. Makem is now Augsburg’s all-time winningest women’s wrestler, with an 84-16 career record, with 23 pins and a school-record 43 technical falls. Her 23 pins are third-most in Augsburg women’s wrestling history. She finished fifth at 136 pounds in the 2023 NCWWC national meet and second at 136 pounds in 2022.

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