Auggie men’s wrestling team honored at Twins game

MINNEAPOLIS — The Augsburg University men’s wrestling team was honored for its 2019 NCAA Division III national championship by the Minnesota Twins before Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field, with co-head coach Jim Moulsoff throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Each member of the team, along with co-head coaches Moulsoff and Tony Valek, assistant coaches and two special alumni guests — two-time national champion John Beatty ’91 and former assistant coach Donny Wichmann ’89 — were introduced on the diamond before the fans at Target Field. Moulsoff then threw a strike for his ceremonial first pitch.

The Auggies were treated to great seats by the Twins to watch the home team’s 4-3, 17-inning victory over the Red Sox. In addition to the national championship team members, more than 300 participants in this week’s Augsburg wrestling camp were also in attendance at the game. Continue reading at

No charges to be filed against arrested U of M wrestlers at this time

The two University of Minnesota wrestlers arrested on probable cause criminal sexual conduct will not be charged at this time.

The two students, aged 19 and 21, had been arrested in different locations on Saturday evening after a complaint that they had sexually penetrated a victim with an object, per a police report.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday it has reviewed the allegations against the wrestlers and “have determined no charges can be brought at this time.” Continue reading at

Two U of M wrestlers arrested on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct

MINNEAPOLIS — Two University of Minnesota wrestlers have been taken into custody on probable cause for criminal sexual conduct Saturday night by Minneapolis police.

A statement from the U of M Athletic Department confirms the two men arrested are student athletes. Interviews with one of the men’s parents and an attorney identified them as members of the university’s wrestling team.

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Fuenffinger to compete for U.S. World Team spot at Final X on Saturday

LINCOLN, Neb. — Augsburg University men’s wrestling alumnus Leslie (Mike) Fuenffinger ’15, a two-time NCAA Division III national titlist and three-time All-American, will compete for a spot on the U.S. Senior Greco-Roman National Team during the Final X series this Saturday (6/15) at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Center.

Fuenffinger, a specialist in the United States Army, competes for the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), based in Colorado Springs, Colo. He joined the Army in April 2015. Fuenffinger qualified for the Final X competition after winning the U.S. Open title in the 60 kg (132 pounds) weight class in Las Vegas, Nev., in April.

Final X features a best-of-three series in each weight class, with the winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior National Teams that will compete at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nursultan, Kazakhstan on Sept. 14-22. Competition will be held in men’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions, along with women’s Freestyle. The first half of the national team was determined during the opening weekend of Final X in Piscataway, N.J., last Saturday.

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Smith Earns World Team Spot While Steveson Falls at Final X

Former Gopher wrestler Pat Smith punched his ticket to the 2019 World Championships with two victories over Kamal Bey at 77kg in Greco-Roman wrestling, while at 125kg current Gopher wrestler Gable Steveson fell to two-time world bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski on Saturday night.

Smith avenged his US Open loss to Bey from earlier this year on Saturday night at Rutgers. Smith has now made his second Greco-Roman world team after competing in 2017 at 71kg.

After suffering a loss by 11-2 superiority in the first bout, Smith bounced back in the second putting forth his gameplan with a constant motor. Smith limited Bey’s flashy offense and came out on top of the 2-1 bout to force a decisive third bout.

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Gable Steveson and Pat Smith Ready For Final X:Rutgers

Gophers rising sophomore Gable Steveson (125kg) and alum Pat Smith (77kg) are set to compete at Final X: Rutgers this Saturday in a pair of best-of-three series. Steveson faces 2018 World Medalist Nick Gwiazdowski in freestyle while Smith challenges 2019 US Open Champion Kamal Bey in Greco-Roman.

Smith will be the second bout in the 5 pm evening session while Steveson and Gwiazdowski will wrestle fifth following the Whitney Conder/Victoria Anthony bout. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow @GopherWrestling on Twitter.

If victorious, the wrestlers will compete at the 2019 United World Wrestling Championships from September 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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