Nick McKenzie of New London-Spicer has committed to wrestling for Augsburg University following his upcoming senior season.
By Matt Krumrie
It was another outstanding season on the mat for the Augsburg University wrestling team in 2019-2020. The Auggies dominated the Upper Midwest Regional and qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Division III national championships.
The Auggies entered DIII nationals ranked No. 1 in the nation, but there was no storybook ending to this Augsburg wrestling season, as the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the DIII NCAA championships, leaving many questions unanswered and several wrestlers without an opportunity to finish out their careers with a run at another team or individual championships.
Despite the heartbreaking end to the season, eight Augsburg wrestlers earned NWCA All-American honors. Because there was no national tournament, the NWCA named an 80-member NWCA All-America First Team, with eight individuals named in each weight class. All 80 were among the top eight seeds in each weight class that was scheduled to wrestle at the NCAA Division III National Championships in March before it was canceled. An additional 50 wrestlers were named to the NWCA All-America Second Team, and 50 more were named to the NWCA All-America Third Team. Traditionally, the top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-America honors at NCAA wrestling championships.
Presidents Council will vote on season-of-participation waiver recommendation next week
The Division III Management Council is forwarding a recommendation to the Presidents Council to allow all Division III student-athletes to compete up to the established dates of competition/contest maximums without being charged a season of intercollegiate participation for this academic year.
The Presidents Council will review the recommendation during its Oct. 28 videoconference.
The blanket waiver request would not charge student-athletes a term of attendance for any term (semester/quarter) during the 2020-21 academic year in which they were eligible for competition.