Augsburg University looks to continue the momentum from 2019
By Matt Krumrie
It's been a wild couple of years for the Augsburg University men's wrestling team since its 2019 national championship season - the 13th in the storied program's history. The 2019-2020 season was rolling along - the Auggies claimed yet another Upper Midwest Regional championship, only to see the NCAA DIII championships canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020-2021 season was also full of oddities, including restricted schedules and canceled regional and national tournaments. The only saving grace in 2021 was the emergence of the NWCA Division III national championships, set up by the NWCA to allow DIII schools who could compete, a chance to wrestle in a national championship format tournament. No team scores were kept, and five Auggies earned NWCA All-American honors: Tyler Shilson (3rd/157), Solomon Nielsen (2nd/174), Nick Rogge (5th/184), Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (6th/197), and Tyler Kim (2nd/285). Four other Augsburg wrestlers also qualified, including Justin Stauffacher (125), Brady Gross (141), Charlie Stuhl (149), and Connor Thorsten (165).
It was a strong finish to an odd season. The good news is all those wrestlers are back for the 2021-2022 season. And so far, all systems are a go, with a full schedule planned - and a chance for Augsburg to continue to build on its tradition of excellence.