Auggie men’s wrestlers win 12 of 15 over Rams

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning 12 of 15 bouts, including 10 by bonus-point margins, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team had another strong effort in a non-scored dual meet against Cornell College on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg wrestlers claimed five pins and five major decisions among the 12 wins over Cornell. Augsburg entered the match ranked No. 9 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings.

Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS), ranked No. 2 nationally at 174 pounds, improved to 5-0 on the season with his fourth bonus-point win, a 3:56 pin of Colin Honderd. Nielsen now has 25 pins among his 83 wins (83-18) in his college career.

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Rochester CTC 21 Concordia 18

An Ache In The Back At The End

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia won four of the first seven matches in their dual with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) and built a comfortable 18-9 lead with only three bouts left on the schedule. Unfortunately for the Cobbers, they weren’t able to come up with a dual clincher, lost the last three bouts and fell 21-18.

The meet was the first scored competition of the year for Concordia. RCTC, who won the Junior College National Championship last year and is ranked third in the nation this year, is now 2-0 in dual meets. The Yellowjackets other win came against the Cobbers’ next opponent – Cornell (Iowa).

The teams alternated wins in the first seven with the Cobbers grabbing an 18-9 lead by virtue of pins from Cade Lundeen and No.8-ranked Gabe Zierden.

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Auggies qualify 13 women’s wrestlers to nationals

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Qualifying all 13 of its competitors to the national tournament with six regional titlists, the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team finished second at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships’ Northwest Regional Qualifier on Sunday at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Augsburg, ranked No. 7 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association’s NCAA national rankings, finished with 146.0 points, second to No. 5-ranked North Central (Ill.) in the seven-team regional field. All 13 Augsburg competitors finished among the top four in their weight classes to qualify for the NCWWC National Championships for NCAA-affiliated schools, which will be held March 6 in Tiffin, Ohio. A two-time national champion last season, Shilson is now 5-0 this year and has yet to lose a collegiate match in her career. She is 19-0 with eight pins and nine technical falls in her collegiate career.

Top-ranked 109-pounder Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) needed just 1:14 to win her weight class, with a 47-second pin in her opening match and a 27-second, 10-0 technical fall win over Angelina Graff of North Central in the finals.

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Minnesota 29, Northwestern 10

No. 12 Gophers Finish Regular Season with 29-10 Win Against No. 11 Northwestern

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 12 Gopher wrestling team (7-2) won eight of 10 matches in a 29-10 win against No. 11 Northwestern (2-6) at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday. Gable Steveson completed his third undefeated regular season, while sophomore Patrick McKee upset No. 4 Michael DeAugustino at 125 pounds.

Coming out of intermission with Minnesota leading the dual, 15-4, Steveson cruised to a 16-1 technical fall against the Wildcats’ Jack Heyob at heavyweight. He led 8-0 after the first period with a takedown and six near-fall points en route to his 26th consecutive victory. Steveson is now 9-0 on the season and 59-2 in his career, including a 48-0 regular-season mark.

Ranked 11th in the country at 125 pounds, McKee followed with a 9-6 decision against DeAugustino. McKee dominated the first period with a takedown and over two minutes of riding time, but DeAugustino opened the second period with a reversal and near fall to take the lead. Trailing 5-4 with 50 seconds left in the match, McKee’s takedown and two-point near fall completed the comeback.

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College Results: Last Chance Challenge

Weber Extends Win Streak to Nine as NDSU Wrestling Wraps Up Regular Season

BROOKINGS, S.D. – North Dakota State senior 165-pounder Luke Weber won his eighth and ninth straight matches as the Bison wrestling team closed out its regular-season schedule Saturday, Feb. 20, with the Last Chance Challenge inside Frost Arena. There was no team scoring.

Competitors from NDSU and South Dakota State wrestled 41 matches in the round-robin event, which served as a final tune-up for the teams’ starting lineups two weeks ahead of the Big 12 Championships and provided extra matches for reserves who did not have the benefit of open tournaments due to COVID-19.

Weber, who hasn’t lost since Jan. 10, picked up a 4-1 victory by decision over SDSU’s Kenny O’Neil and won by fall over Dalton Lakmann in 2 minutes, 7 seconds. Weber improved his record to a team-best 10-2 overall with four pins.

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Auggies win 20 of 26 matches against the Yellowjackets

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning 20 of 26 bouts, including 14 by bonus-point margins, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team dominated in a non-scored dual meet against Rochester Community and Technical College on Friday evening at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg, winners of the most recent NCAA Division III national title in 2019, had 19 wrestlers compete in 26 bouts on Friday. Of the 19 wrestlers, 14 were first-years and sophomores. The Auggies claimed six pins, four technical falls, four major decisions and a forfeit among their 20 victories over the Yellowjackets, the 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association national champions.

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