Augsburg coach Tony Valek named The Open Mat NCAA D-III National Coach of Year

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University men’s wrestling head coach Tony Valek ’12 has been named as the 2022-23 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year by The Open Mat, an amateur wrestling website, it was announced on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Valek led the Auggie men’s wrestling team to its 14th NCAA Division III national championship in program history, with an individual national titlist and seven All-Americans. The Auggies won the national title with 101.0 points, outdistancing second-place Wartburg (Iowa) by 34.5 points. In February, the Auggies claimed the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Regional title, qualifying eight wrestlers to the national championships. The Auggies finished 9-1 in dual meets this season, winning the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III National Duals title for the eighth time in school history in January.

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Augsburg wins 14th NCAA D-III national title

ROANOKE, Va. — With an individual national title from 141-pounder Sam Stuhl (JR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS) leading the way, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team won its 14th national championship in school history, compiling 101 points and outdistancing second place Wartburg College (Iowa) by 34.5 points at the NCAA Division III National Championships, completed on Saturday at the Berglund Center.

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Augsburg to compete at NCAA D-III National Championships this weekend

THE NATIONAL MEET — Thirteen-time national champion Augsburg University will compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 10-12, at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.

Action begins at 10 a.m. (Central time) on Friday with preliminary rounds, and quarterfinal and wrestleback action at 5 p.m., determining the eight All-Americans in each weight class.

On Saturday, action continues at 9 a.m. with championship semifinals, consolation action and placing matches for third, fifth and seventh places. Parade of All-Americans will be at 5:30 p.m., with the ten national championship matches scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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