Nina Makem wins title for Auggies at North Central Open

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Nina Makem (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS) claimed her second tournament title of the season at 155 pounds, leading the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team at the North Central University Open on Sunday.

Makem, the No. 5-ranked 155-pounder in the National Wrestling Coaches Association national rankings for NCAA-affiliated schools, went 4-0 on the day with three first-period technical falls, outscoring her first three opponents by a 30-0 margin in a total wrestling time of 4:33. She claimed an injury default win in the finals to improve to 14-1 on the season and 70-13 in her Auggie career. Of her 14 wins this season, she has four pins and six technical falls, and she has 15 pins and 41 technical falls in her college career.

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Augsburg’s Lange to compete in Olympic wrestling trials

SHERBURN — Katie Lange got lucky. Some people search their entire lives for their calling. She figured her dream out before most people step foot in any school.

Lange has come a long way and now is inching toward her goal of competing in the Olympic trials April 19-20 at Penn State University’s campus.

“I remember the moment I chose to wrestle, my dad was a state champion and got us into it at a young age,” Lange said. “I had just finished up at dance practice and my dad was driving us to pick up my brother from wrestling– in that moment as a 4-year-old, I pointed down at the mat and knew this is what I wanted to do.”

That car ride sparked what would become Lange’s identity. Growing up in a school system that was loaded with talented wrestlers both helped and hurt Lange in her quest for success. Continue reading at →

Iowa Retains #1 Ranking in the NWCA’s NCAA Women’s Coaches Poll

MANHEIM, Pa. – The top four ranked teams remained the same in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NCAA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. The University of Iowa sits atop the poll, followed by North Central College, King University, and Colorado Mesa University.

The Hawkeyes remain #1 in the poll with 115 points and 14 ranked individuals. North Central has the most individuals ranked with 15, checking in at second. Both Iowa and North Central boast four No. 1-ranked wrestlers. King is ranked third with 90 points and 12 individuals ranked, while Colorado Mesa is fourth with 47 points and eight ranked individuals. McKendree University rounds out the top five with nine ranked individuals and 41 points.

Sacred Heart University has 30 points and has nine individuals ranked as they come in at the sixth spot. Lock Haven University moves up one spot to seventh with 19 points and two ranked individuals, while Simon Fraser University is eighth with 17 points and four ranked individuals. New Jersey City University and Northern Michigan University round out the top 10 with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Both teams have two ranked individuals.

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Augsburg drops pair of duals in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augsburg University women’s wrestling team dropped a pair of dual meets in a triangular meet at the University of Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon, falling 24-13 to Morningside University and 38-10 to the host Cougars.

Augsburg, ranked No. 17 in the latest NWCA women’s national rankings for NCAA teams, scored two victories on the mat and one by forfeit in the dual against Morningside, and had a win on the mat and a win by forfeit against Sioux Falls.

Nina Makem (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS), ranked No. 5 nationally at 155 pounds, claimed a 10-0, 1:03 technical fall in her bout against Markael Zeleny of Morningside, then scored a 16-second pin of Brinley Green of Sioux Falls, her fourth pin of under 60 seconds this season and 10th sub-60-second pin of her career. The 16-second pin tied the fastest pin of her career. Makem is now 66-13 in her collegiate career, with 15 pins and 37 technical falls among her career wins.

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Augsburg 29 Buena Vista 10

Auggie women score 29-10 win over Buena Vista

MINNEAPOLIS — In a dual meet that featured six pins between the two teams, the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team scored a 29-10 victory over Buena Vista University on Tuesday evening at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg, ranked No. 17 in the latest NWCA women’s national rankings for NCAA teams, won four of the six bouts wrestled in the dual, with three pins and a technical fall. The Auggies also gained two wins by forfeit to produce the 29-10 score.

Nina Makem (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS), ranked No. 5 nationally at 155 pounds, improved to 8-1 on the season with her third pin, taking just 19 seconds to end her match against Delanie Bushong. Makem is now 64-13 in her collegiate career, with 14 pins and 36 technical falls among her career wins.

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