Can the Mustangs Take It to the Next Level?

By Matt Krumrie

The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team heads into the 2020-2021 season with youthful experience. That is an odd combination for many teams, but that's what you get when you have a team that returns eight regulars with only one senior in the group. Of those eight returnees, five are sophomores, and two are juniors.

"We are a young but experienced team," said head coach Jesse Nelson, now in his 14th season as head coach of the Mustangs. "This team has great leadership as well. If we can stay healthy, it should be an exciting year."

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Despite Losing A Lot, Auggies Have High Expectations For 2021

By Matt Krumrie

It was another outstanding season on the mat for the Augsburg University wrestling team in 2019-2020. The Auggies dominated the Upper Midwest Regional and qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Division III national championships.

The Auggies entered DIII nationals ranked No. 1 in the nation, but there was no storybook ending to this Augsburg wrestling season, as the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the DIII NCAA championships, leaving many questions unanswered and several wrestlers without an opportunity to finish out their careers with a run at another team or individual championships.

Despite the heartbreaking end to the season, eight Augsburg wrestlers earned NWCA All-American honors. Because there was no national tournament, the NWCA named an 80-member NWCA All-America First Team, with eight individuals named in each weight class. All 80 were among the top eight seeds in each weight class that was scheduled to wrestle at the NCAA Division III National Championships in March before it was canceled. An additional 50 wrestlers were named to the NWCA All-America Second Team, and 50 more were named to the NWCA All-America Third Team. Traditionally, the top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-America honors at NCAA wrestling championships.

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St. Cloud State schedule announced for 2020-21 season

The St. Cloud State University wrestling schedule has been posted for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Huskies will get the season underway on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. with the annual Black/Red Classic intrasquad exhibition match in Halenbeck Hall.

This match will serve as a warm-up for the 2020-21 regular season, which will feature six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual matches. The Huskies have won nine consecutive NSIC championships and they will open league action on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. with a dual match at the University of Mary.

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Augustana Signs Eight For 2021-22

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team had eight student-athletes sign a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Augustana, head coach Jason Reitmeier announced Monday. The eight athletes will enroll as freshmen in the fall of 2021.

“I am excited to announce our early signees for the signing class of 2021,” Reitmeier said. “Everyone in this class comes in with many accolades, both athletically and academically. We are truly proud of their prior accomplishments and even more excited to see what they accomplish in the future at Augustana.

“After focusing last year on the upper weights we really tried to bring in the best student-athletes in the lower-to-middle weights that could complement, help and add to our current roster. I think we have done that with this group, adding in a lot of talent, energy, positivity, and exceptional work ethic in all areas of their lives.”

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NWHOF to Induct 9 new members at the MN Chapter Banquet in the Spring

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter is proud to announce the induction of nine new members for the Class of 2021. Ricky Ties Jr will receive the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Award are Dr. John Berg Jr, Clay Nagel, Charlie Peterson, Terry Sworsky, Jim Tanniehill, Steve Techam, Ken Vogt, and Jim Williams.

The Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center, right off I-90, Exit 178A. The schedule includes a social hour at 12 Noon, dinner at 1:00 pm, and presentations, honoree speeches, green jacket parade, and marble plaque inductions at 2:30 pm. 2020 honorees Larry Goodnature and Bill Schmidt will give their postponed acceptance speeches first.

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