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.

Check out Auggies Women’s Wrestling at athletics.augsburg.edu.

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