Augsburg sets inaugural women’s wrestling class

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University’s inaugural season of women’s wrestling will feature a class of student-athletes which rank among the most formidable in the country, if preseason rankings are any indication of the team’s potential prowess.

Of the nine first-year wrestlers that will be on the 2019-20 Auggie women’s wrestling squad, six are ranked among the top 100 women’s wrestlers, regardless of weight class, of the high school Class of 2019 by The Open Mat, an amateur wrestling website. Two of the top three in The Open Mat’s listing — No. 1-ranked Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) and No. 3-ranked Vayle-Rae Baker (FY, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) — will headline the class, along with No. 12-ranked Gabby Skidmore (FY, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS), No. 26-ranked Kaylee Moore (FY, Yakima, Wash./Naches Valley HS), No. 51-ranked Faith Tuttle (FY, North St. Paul, Minn./North St. Paul HS) and No. 89-ranked Marlynne Deede (FY, Springville, Utah/Springville HS).

All six are also ranked in the top 10 in their individual high school weight classes in the most recent USA Wrestling National Girls’ High School Rankings (June 27), with Shilson ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds, Baker ranked No. 1 and Skidmore No. 2 at 122, Moore No. 2 at 132, Tuttle No. 3 at 180 and Deede No. 9 at 164. Continue reading at athletics.augsburg.edu

Jacks face challenging 2019-20 schedule

Eight home competitions and a pair of high-level tournaments highlight the 2019-20 schedule for the South Dakota State University wrestling team.

“I really like the schedule we’ve been able to put together for this season,” said second-year head coach Damion Hahn. “It has a good mix of traditional rivals while further exposing our guys to more elite-level competition throughout the year, which should prepare us come postseason time in March.”

The season kicks off Nov. 9 at the Bison Open in Fargo, North Dakota, followed by a Nov. 15 dual against Binghamton. An announcement of the time and location for the Binghamton dual will be made at a later date.

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2019 Cadet world-teamer Ryan Sokol decommits from Iowa wrestling, re-opens recruitment

Minnesota prep Ryan Sokol made waves last October when he became the nation’s first 2021 wrestler to announce his college decision. At the time, he gave his pledge to Tom Brands and the Iowa wrestling program.

On Monday, Sokol informed the Des Moines Register that he has decided to decommit from the Hawkeyes and re-open his recruitment.

“It was a hard choice,” Sokol wrote in a text message to the Register. “The Iowa community was great to me. I just wanted to open up my recruitment a bit and see what’s out there.” Continue reading at www.hawkcentral.com

Minnesota Veterans/Masters level wrestlers prepare for World Championships

By Chad Otterness

Lou Orr and Rudy James have been practicing this summer as they prepare for the Third Annual Masters World Cup Team Tournament.

Lou and Rudy will compete at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7th, 2019.

During October, the duo will head to Tbilisi, Georgia, to compete in the United World Wrestling (UWW) Veterans/Masters Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships.

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