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Auggies rally for 19-15 win over Blugolds

MINNEAPOLIS — Trailing 12-3 after the opening four bouts, the No. 2-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team rallied with five wins in the last six bouts to secure a 19-15 dual-meet victory on Saturday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Starting the match at 165 pounds, the Auggies dropped three of their first four bouts to fall behind 12-3, with only No. 7-ranked 184-pounder Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) getting a victory, a 6-2 triumph over No. 15-ranked Niall Schoenfelder. Schwanebeck-Ostermann improved to 8-2 on the season with the victory.

The Auggie comeback kicked into gear when No. 3-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) converted a third-period escape and a takedown with 33 seconds left for a 3-0 win over Jackson Schichel. Turning over to 125, Wyatt Kaczrowski (SO, Seymour, Wis./Seymour HS) built a 3-0 lead after two periods and held on for a 4-2 win over Carter Schulz to cut the Blugold lead to 12-9.

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Auggie men’s wrestlers shine in home invite

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning six of the 10 individual titles in the Gold division, and having 30 of 38 wrestlers finish in the top eight in their weight classes, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team had a successful effort in its own Augsburg Invitational, held on Saturday at Si Melby Hall.

Thirty-eight Augsburg wrestlers (24 in Gold division, 14 in First-Year division) competed in the meet, finishing with a combined record of 109-40 (.732) on the day. Of the 109 wins, 63 were bonus-point triumphs — 35 pins, 11 technical falls and 17 major decisions. Augsburg won six of the 10 weight-class titles in the Gold division, and four of the 10 titles in the First-Year division.

No. 3-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) improved to 8-0 with his second straight tournament win to open the season. He claimed first-period pins in his first three bouts to reach the finals, claiming a 7-2 title win over Zach Ryg of Division II Upper Iowa. Of Kim’s eight wins this season, five are by pin.

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NWCA Division III Poll – November 16, 2022

Manheim, PA – On Wednesday the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their first Regular Season Division III Men’s Coaches Poll. Wartburg stays in the top spot with Augsburg still in second.

The rest of the top five saw changes as UW-La Crosse slides up two spots to 3rd pushing North Central down to 4th. Stevens Institute moves to 5th from 7th place.

In the preseason rankings, Wartburg had three top-ranked wrestlers. They now have four at 141, 149, 157, and 174. Other programs with a #1 ranked wrestler are Washington & Lee, North Central, Rhode Island, UW-Whitewater, UW-La Crosse, and Olivet.

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Auggies open season with impressive effort at Luther

DECORAH, Iowa — With three individual champions and 15 placewinners among 25 wrestlers competing in the Elite division, the No. 2-ranked Augsburg University men’s wrestling team opened its 2022-23 season with a strong performance at the Luther College Open on Saturday.

A total of 39 Augsburg wrestlers (25 in Elite division, 14 in Silver division) competed in the 19-team open tournament, going 130-58 on the day with 25 pins and 12 technical falls. Augsburg entered the season ranked No. 2 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national poll.

Tyler Shilson (SR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS), ranked No. 2 in the Division III preseason national rankings at 157 pounds, claimed four bonus-point victories in going 5-0 to win the title in his weight class. He claimed three technical falls and a pin en route to the title match against Drake Hayward of Division II Minnesota State-Mankato, which Shilson won by a 3-2 decision. Shilson is coming off a third-place national finish last season.

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