Augsburg to add women’s wrestling as varsity sport

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University is continuing its tradition of being a pioneer in women’s athletics by creating a varsity women’s wrestling team, which will begin competition in the 2019-20 school year with Max Mejia as its first head coach, the university has announced.

By being the only collegiate institution in Minnesota to currently sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling program, Augsburg continues to lead the field in adding athletic opportunities for women. Women’s wrestling will be the 22nd varsity sport offered at Augsburg, and the 12th Auggie women’s sport. In 1995, Augsburg was the first college or university in the Midwest to sponsor a varsity women’s ice hockey team, and in 2014, Augsburg became the first collegiate institution in Minnesota to sponsor a varsity women’s lacrosse team.

“I am proud that our outstanding intercollegiate athletics program will once again set a new standard for offering competition opportunities for women,” said Augsburg President Dr. Paul Pribbenow. “Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and it is especially fitting that Augsburg — with its nationally recognized men’s wrestling program — will join this movement. I look forward to our women’s wrestling program recruiting top-notch student-athletes from across the country and competing at the highest level.”

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Augsburg coach Jim Moulsoff named 2019 Coach of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University wrestling Head Coach Jim Moulsoff was named the 2019 Coach of the Year, after leading his Auggies to their 13th NCAA Division III national title, it was announced on Tuesday.

It is the first time Moulsoff has earned the honor from, a website that covers NCAA Division III wrestling. It’s Moulsoff’s third national coaching award in his five years as head coach; he earned NCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year honors in both 2015 and 2019 from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He’s also earned Region Coach of the Year honors four times in his five Auggie head coaching seasons.

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