Fuenffinger to compete for U.S. World Team spot at Final X on Saturday

LINCOLN, Neb. — Augsburg University men’s wrestling alumnus Leslie (Mike) Fuenffinger ’15, a two-time NCAA Division III national titlist and three-time All-American, will compete for a spot on the U.S. Senior Greco-Roman National Team during the Final X series this Saturday (6/15) at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Center.

Fuenffinger, a specialist in the United States Army, competes for the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), based in Colorado Springs, Colo. He joined the Army in April 2015. Fuenffinger qualified for the Final X competition after winning the U.S. Open title in the 60 kg (132 pounds) weight class in Las Vegas, Nev., in April.

Final X features a best-of-three series in each weight class, with the winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior National Teams that will compete at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nursultan, Kazakhstan on Sept. 14-22. Competition will be held in men’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman divisions, along with women’s Freestyle. The first half of the national team was determined during the opening weekend of Final X in Piscataway, N.J., last Saturday.

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Shilson announced as National Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award Winner

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced that Emily Shilson of North Oaks, Minnesota, is the 2019 national winner of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

Shilson will be presented with her award during the 43rd Annual Honors Weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum on May 31 and June 1 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For information on Honors Weekend, visit nwhof.ticketleap.com or telephone (405) 377-5243.

“I am both humbled and honored to be chosen from this fantastic group of female student-athletes for the 2019 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award,” said Shilson. “I have always admired Tricia for her great success as a competitor in addition to her willingness to continue to give back to the sport. To receive the award that is named after her is incredible. I would also like to thank the National Wrestling HOF for making this opportunity possible.”

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Augsburg wrestlers honored at Minnesota Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Augsburg University wrestling team was honored for its 2019 NCAA Division III national championship at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, receiving congratulatory proclamations from the House of Representatives and the Governor’s office.

Five national tournament qualifiers from the 2019 Auggie squad — 157-pound national champion Ryan Epps (JR, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS), 149-pound fourth-place finisher Alex Wilson (SR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS), 125-pound fifth-place finisher Victor Gliva (JR, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS), 174-pound fifth-place finisher Tanner Vassar (JR, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) and 133-pound four-time national qualifier Sam Bennyhoff (SR, Mound, Minn./Mound-Westonka HS) — joined coaches Jim Moulsoff, Tony Valek and Justin Koob and Athletic Director Jeff Swenson at the State Capitol on Tuesday. Continue reading at athletics.augsburg.edu

Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award regional, state winners announced

Emily Shilson recognized as Minnesota and Midwest Region winner

STILLWATER — The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced the state and regional winners of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

The award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior female wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

Regional winners are selected from state winners, and the national winner will be chosen from the regional winners.

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Valek joins Moulsoff as men’s wrestling co-head coaches

MINNEAPOLIS — After serving on the Augsburg University men’s wrestling coaching staff for the past seven seasons, three-time Augsburg All-American Tony Valek ’12 will join current head coach Jim Moulsoff as co-head coaches of the Auggie men’s wrestling program, the university has announced.

Valek served as a graduate assistant coach for the Auggies from 2012-14, and has been the Auggies’ associate head coach since 2014.

“Tony has worked side by side with me over the past five seasons and is very deserving of this promotion,” Moulsoff said. “We are excited to continue working together to provide a great academic and athletic experience for our wrestlers.”

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