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Expect Every Bison To Wrestle Hard For 7 Minutes

North Dakota State strives to be a top-20 team with multiple All-Americans

By Matt Krumrie

Several experienced wrestlers return for head coach Roger Kish's North Dakota State University Bison wrestling team in 2021-2022. The team is looking to use that experience to achieve even greater success this season. The Bison finished 2021 35th at the NCAA championships, 6th in the Big 12 Championships, and sent four wrestlers to the NCAA tournament.

The good news?

All four of those wrestlers are back, including Jared Franek (157), Luke Weber (165), Owen Pentz (197), Brandon Metz (285). Also back are regulars Kellyn March (133), Dylan Droegemueller (141), Jaden Van Maanen (149), Austin Brenner (174), and Michael Nelson (184).

Weber won the 165-pound Big 12 Championships and went 3-2 in the NCAA Championships but lost in the blood round, coming up one win short of becoming an All-American. Jared Franek finished second in the Big 12 championships, went 3-2 in the NCAA championships, and lost in the blood round, coming one win short of earning All-American honors. Those two are hungry and ready for redemption this season.

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Auggies Women Bring Passion, Heart, and the Highest Level of Technique in the Country to the Mat

The Sky is the Limit for the Augsburg University Auggies Women

By Matt Krumrie

A new coach. Same high expectations.

That's a quick overview of what to expect with the Augsburg women's wrestling program heading into the 2021-2022 season.

In June, Jake Short, a former University of Minnesota wrestler who has served as a coach for an elite wrestling school for the past three years, was named head coach of the Augsburg University women's wrestling team. Short replaces Max Mejia, who resigned in March after leading the Auggie women's wrestling team in its first two years as a varsity program, the only varsity women's wrestling program in Minnesota. The Auggies have won three individual national titles and earned 12 All-American honors in their first two seasons, most recently finishing in fifth place as a team at the 2021 National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships (NCAA schools).

Short wasted no time setting the bar high for himself and his wrestlers.

"This year, we have a lot of new things coming to this program; with a new coach and five incoming freshmen, we are excited for what is to come," he said. "A lot of these incoming freshmen will have an instant impact in our lineup. The key for us is the development of not only our wrestling but the bond we have as a team and growing as individuals. I believe we are a top-three team in the country and, even in the past couple of months, have grown as wrestlers. These women learn fast and cling to new information. Their willingness to learn and take on new challenges is second to none. Women's wrestling has grown in the state of Minnesota, and we plan to demonstrate just that on a national level."

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Cobbers Have Very Big Goals

Concordia College Focuses on Constant Improvement

By Matt Krumrie

Quincy Osborn is excited about the upcoming Concordia Cobbers wrestling season for many reasons. The obvious is that the Cobbers and all DIII wrestling teams get to compete in a full season schedule is exciting in itself. Then, add in the fact that the Cobbers lineup features seven starters, and you know why Osborn is looking forward to the chance to compete.

Last season, the Cobbers were ranked No. 17 in the nation heading into March - just two votes outside the top 15. With an experienced lineup set to wrestle a full schedule, Osborn has high expectations this season. However, what's unique about this team is that of the ten projected starters, eight are underclassmen.

"This team is still relatively young by grade but veteran by experience," says Osborn. "Our team leadership is some of the best that I've ever been around as an athlete and coach. They have set some very big goals for the team this season, both academically and athletically."

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Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Faribault Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

Perhaps more than any other sport, success in wrestling only comes when a wrestler is comfortable when things are going well, but also when they can persevere when things are not going their way. If they can't adapt to challenging situations, they are not going to last long. That is why Faribault head wrestling coach Jesse Armbruster and his staff make a point of making sure the Falcons' wrestlers get comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

Armbruster was comfortable in wrestling early.

"Wrestling was one of those sports that I gravitated towards early. I liked the one-on-one aspect. I liked the combat – that was always something I liked. I played football and baseball in high school, but wrestling was always the one."

After a successful high school career wrestling for Faribault, Armbruster became a three-time All-American for Augsburg – highlighted by a national title his junior season.

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Vikings Return a Lot of Experience

Augustana University Looking to Step It Up

By Matt Krumrie

Head coach Jason Reitmeier enters his 19th season coaching the Augustana Vikings wrestling program with high expectations. That's because the Vikings return ten wrestlers who have competed in the Super Region V tournament - arguably the toughest regional qualifier in Division II wrestling - and a lineup that boasts talent along with experience.

Others have also taken note. Augustana opened the season ranked No. 22 in the NWCA Preseason Division II coaches poll, with two wrestlers ranked - 2021 All-American Steven Hajas and 2021 national qualifier Brandon Carroll. Hajas finished third at 285 last season and is ranked fourth at 285 to start this season. Carroll is ranked 11th at 133. Other returning starters include Jack Huffman (141), Tyler Wagener (157), Dylan Schuck (165), Cade Mueller (174), Kolby Kost (184), Daniel Bishop (197), Keaten Schorr (149), Jacob Tvinnereim (165), and Jackson Sweeney (165). Schorr is moving up to 149 from 141, Tvinnereim is moving from 157 to 165, and Sweeney is moving from 165 to 184.

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Yellowjackets Put 10 All-Americans In Their Sights

Rochester Community and Technical College Has High Expectations For 2022

By Matt Krumrie

Experienced. Talented. Deep.

The list of superlatives describing the 2021-2022 Rochester Community and Technical College wrestling team is long.

And rightfully so, after all, the Yellowjackets are the defending NJCAA non-scholarship national champions. They return six starters, two All-Americans, and have a roster of nearly 30 wrestlers. Add in several hungry and talented freshmen looking to push returning wrestlers, some talented transfers with DI experience, and you understand why first-year head coach Andrew Hackenmueller has set such high expectations.

"I truly believe we have the potential to earn All-American honors at every weight class," said Hackenmueller. "That is a bold statement, and we have a long way to go, but the potential is there."

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