Auggies earn 5 All-Americans at NWCA D-III Nationals

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Augsburg University men’s wrestlers earned five National Wrestling Coaches Association All-American honors, with all five remaining in championship contention after the first day of the NWCA Division III Coaches Association National Championships on Friday at the Xtream Arena.

Five Auggies – No. 3-ranked Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS) at 157 pounds, No. 2-ranked Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS) at 174, No. 4-ranked Nick Rogge (JR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS) at 184, No. 8-ranked Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (SO, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) and No. 8-ranked Tyler Kim (SO, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS) at 285 pounds – earned NWCA All-American honors by advancing to the semifinal round.

Augsburg’s men’s wrestling program has now earned 264 All-American honors (38 NAIA, 213 NCAA Division III, 13 NWCA) in program history. The Auggies have had at least one All-American in national competition every season since 1977, and have now had three or more All-Americans at 41 different national tournaments since 1974.

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NWCA Division III Poll – March 5

Manheim, PA – On Friday the National Wrestling Coaches Association released their final Division III individual rankings prior to next week’s NWCA Division III National Wrestling Championships. These rankings do not include a team tournament poll as there will be no team scoring kept at the national tournament.

Only athletes entered into the Division III tournament are eligible for ranking in the top 12 which will serve as the tournament’s preseeds.  Brackets are now available on FloWrestling.

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Auggie men’s wrestlers win 12 of 15 over Rams

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning 12 of 15 bouts, including 10 by bonus-point margins, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team had another strong effort in a non-scored dual meet against Cornell College on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg wrestlers claimed five pins and five major decisions among the 12 wins over Cornell. Augsburg entered the match ranked No. 9 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings.

Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS), ranked No. 2 nationally at 174 pounds, improved to 5-0 on the season with his fourth bonus-point win, a 3:56 pin of Colin Honderd. Nielsen now has 25 pins among his 83 wins (83-18) in his college career.

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NWCA Division III Poll – February 26

Manheim, PA – Significant shuffling took place in the latest NWCA Division III Coaches Rankings released on Friday as only teams and athletes that had taken to the mat this season were included. Coming in atop the new team rankings is perennial DIII power Wartburg with eight ranked individuals. Wisconsin-La Crosse, the US Coast Guard Academy, Mount Union, Baldwin Wallace, and John Carroll round out the rest of the top-five.

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Auggies win 20 of 26 matches against the Yellowjackets

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning 20 of 26 bouts, including 14 by bonus-point margins, the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team dominated in a non-scored dual meet against Rochester Community and Technical College on Friday evening at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg, winners of the most recent NCAA Division III national title in 2019, had 19 wrestlers compete in 26 bouts on Friday. Of the 19 wrestlers, 14 were first-years and sophomores. The Auggies claimed six pins, four technical falls, four major decisions and a forfeit among their 20 victories over the Yellowjackets, the 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association national champions.

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NWCA Division III Coaches Association to host National Championships March 12-13

In light of the fact that the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships have been canceled, the NWCA Division III Leadership Group, in consultation with the coaches they represent in their respective regions, would like to provide the best national championship experience possible, especially for so many student-athletes who have now lost their second straight year of access to an NCAA Championship. Continue reading at →