Auggie women’s wrestlers open inaugural season

FOREST CITY, Iowa — With Gabby Skidmore (FY, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) and Vayle-Rae Baker (FY, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) sharing the title at 123 pounds, and Faith Tuttle winning the title at 170 pounds, the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team competed in its first-ever competition on Saturday, at the Waldorf University Open.

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‘A ton of hammers in here’: Augsburg’s new women’s wrestling team kicks off season

When Augsburg University’s women’ wrestling team begins its season on Saturday, it does so with a completely blank slate.

The program is the only varsity collegiate wrestling team for women in Minnesota, and it’s new this year. Saturday’s competition at Waldorf University in Iowa will be the team’s first.

Of the 10 Augsburg wrestlers, most are first-years, including Vayle-rae Baker from Pennsylvania.

“I feel like it’s my art,” Baker said of wrestling. “It’s what I love to do. I get to have my own style, I get to have my own performances when I go out and wrestle. And it’s the bonds that you make, and the connections. It’s like a family.” Listen/continue reading at

Augsburg’s Shilson competing at U23 World Championships in Hungary

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) is competing for Team USA at the United World Wrestling Under-23 World Championships this week.

The 2018 UWW Cadet World titlist and 2018 Youth Olympic Games champion at 43 kilograms (95 pounds), Shilson won the title at the 2019 UWW U23 Women’s National Championships at 50 kilograms (110 pounds) to qualify to represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in Hungary.

Shilson received a tough draw in her opening match in the round of 32 on Wednesday, having to face 2017 UWW Junior World champion and 2012 and 2014 Cadet World champion Kita Kagata of Japan. According to a match report from Kyle Klingman of Trackwrestling, Shilson surrendered a takedown, then scored a point on a step out and took a 3-2 lead on a takedown. But Kagata then used two takedowns and a turn to claim an 8-3 victory over Shilson. With Kagata reaching the finals after winning her semifinal match, Shilson will now be pulled into the repechage round on Thursday.

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Augsburg seeks to extend its wrestling excellence to the women’s side

Augsburg University is a well-known quantity in the world of men’s college wrestling. The 2019 NCAA Div. III National champions, the Auggies have won 13 national titles in its history and is considered a top contender year after year after year.

Guess what? Augsburg is also looking to be a national power in women’s college wrestling, as well. The head women’s wrestling coach Max Mejia leads his team into its first-ever competition at the Waldorf University Open on Saturday, November 9.

With women’s college wrestling exploding, and the NCAA voting later this year to consider giving the sport Emerging Sport Status, there is a ton of excitement, not only at Augsburg but across the nation. Augsburg is jumping in feet first, based upon the quality of its first recruiting class, featuring some of the best high school wrestlers in the nation.

“Anytime you see a program with a tradition of excellence, as on the men’s side we have as 13-time national champions, you know that program will be supported by the administration, the athletic director and all the way up to the president. They are willing to do what it takes to support your program to be the best it can possibly be. That is a leg-up we have on everybody. The girls know that when they come here, Augsburg is committed to excellence, especially in wrestling,” said Mejia. Continue reading at

Augsburg sets inaugural women’s wrestling class

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University’s inaugural season of women’s wrestling will feature a class of student-athletes which rank among the most formidable in the country, if preseason rankings are any indication of the team’s potential prowess.

Of the nine first-year wrestlers that will be on the 2019-20 Auggie women’s wrestling squad, six are ranked among the top 100 women’s wrestlers, regardless of weight class, of the high school Class of 2019 by The Open Mat, an amateur wrestling website. Two of the top three in The Open Mat’s listing — No. 1-ranked Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) and No. 3-ranked Vayle-Rae Baker (FY, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) — will headline the class, along with No. 12-ranked Gabby Skidmore (FY, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS), No. 26-ranked Kaylee Moore (FY, Yakima, Wash./Naches Valley HS), No. 51-ranked Faith Tuttle (FY, North St. Paul, Minn./North St. Paul HS) and No. 89-ranked Marlynne Deede (FY, Springville, Utah/Springville HS).

All six are also ranked in the top 10 in their individual high school weight classes in the most recent USA Wrestling National Girls’ High School Rankings (June 27), with Shilson ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds, Baker ranked No. 1 and Skidmore No. 2 at 122, Moore No. 2 at 132, Tuttle No. 3 at 180 and Deede No. 9 at 164. Continue reading at