2021 NCAA Women’s Scholar All-America Awards

Manheim, PA – On Friday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the Scholar All-America Team and Individual honorees for the NCAA Women with awards going to 101 individuals representing 16 institutions.

“On behalf of the NWCA and our Board of Directors, it is my honor to celebrate this incredible list of Scholar All-America teams and individuals from the NCAA Women’s division,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It is so great to see the growth of this award program which is now in its third year. It’s important to note the incredible overlap between the National Placers and Scholar All-Americans as this is exactly what we want to see.”

In the team race, Adrian College repeated as Team Champions with a 3.743 GPA followed by #2 McKendree (3.720) and #3 King University (3.621). Rounding out the Top Five was #4 Augsburg (3.586) and #5 Gannon (3.573).

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Augsburg’s Shilson wins pair of national titles in Texas

IRVING, Texas — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) won another pair of amateur wrestling national titles over the weekend, claiming the 50-kilogram (110 pounds) titles at the USA Wrestling/United World Wrestling Women’s Junior Nationals on Friday, and the USAW/UWW U23 Women’s World Team Trials on Sunday, both at the Irving Convention Center.

Shilson will represent the United States at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russa, Aug. 16-22, and at the UWW U23 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Nov. 1-7. It’s the second straight time that Shilson will represent the USA at the UWW U23 World Championships, after winning the 2019 American crown. She went 1-2 in competition at the 2019 world meet in Budapest, Hungary. She also won the 2020 U23 Nationals and UWW Junior Nationals in November in Omaha, Neb.

Shilson was among a group of six Auggies competing in Texas over the weekend. Marlynne Deede (SO, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) placed third at the UWW Junior Nationals at 72 kg (159 pounds), while finishing sixth in the field at the UWW U23 World Team Trials. At 57 kg (126 pounds), Gabby Skidmore (SO, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) placed fourth, while Vayle-Rae Baker (SO, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary HS) finished sixth. Hannah Michael (SO, La Porte City, Iowa/Union HS) competed at 50 kg at both events, while Sierra Brown Ton (JR, Allen, Texas/Einstein HS) competed at the U23 meet at 67 kg (148 pounds).

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Augsburg’s Vayle-Rae Baker wins title at UWW Senior Nationals

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Vayle-Rae Baker (SO, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary HS) won the 57-kilogram (126-pound) title at the United World Wrestling U.S. Senior Nationals tournament, held on Friday at the Xtream Arena. She led a group of Augsburg wrestlers competing for the Twin Cities Regional Training Center.

Baker claimed technical falls in her first two round-robin matches on Friday — a 12-2 (3:21) win over Twin Cities teammate Tateum Park and a 12-2 (5:13) win over Estrella Dorado Marin of the Army World Class Athlete Program. She then scored a 6-2 win over Oklahoma City University wrestler Sophia Smith (Team Wisconsin), and finished with an 8-7 win over Simon Fraser (B.C.) wrestler Lauren Mason (Team California), scoring a takedown in the closing seconds to overcome a 7-6 deficit.

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4 Augsburg wrestlers to compete at US Olympic Trials

FORT WORTH, Texas — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Marlynne Deede (SO, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) will join teammate Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) and two Auggie men’s wrestling alumni with a chance to compete for a spot on the United States team for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with a second-place finish in the 76 kilogram (167 pounds) weight class at the Last Chance Qualifier meet over the weekend at Texas Wesleyan University.

Competing for the Twin Cities Regional Training Center, Deede went 3-1 in a five-wrestler round-robin bracket to finish second in the 76 kg class, clinching one of 15 spots in the weight class at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held next Friday and Saturday (4/2-3) at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. She opened with a 4:00, injury default win over Menlo (Calif.) alumnae Marilyn Garcia, then scored a 5-2 win over Colorado Mesa wrestler Tristan Kelly. Her lone loss came in a 10-0, 4:21 technical fall to eventual winner Jackie Cataline, a Team USA member. She closed the tournament with her own technical fall win, a 10-0, 2:03 triumph over Greys Harbor Community College (Wash.) wrestler Kamilla Montenegro.

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Female Shakopee wrestler to compete at college level

When Nina Makem and her family moved from the central African country of Cameroon to Shakopee in 2015, she had no idea she’d one day be heading to college as a wrestler. Her family moved to Minnesota for a better life, and it’s paid off. Makem is currently a senior at Shakopee High School and will attend Augsburg University in the fall to wrestle and to major in exercise science with an emphasis on physical therapy.

Makem has been part of the Shakopee wrestling program for three years where she mostly competed against males. She is also a member of the Minnesota Storm wrestling club where she takes the mat against other females.

“Growing up, I watched a lot of WWE. I liked it and was inspired by it,” she said. “My older brother started wrestling in Shakopee and would tell us about it, so I joined too. In WWE, I liked that the wrestlers jumped off ropes and hit each other. When I joined the high school team, I found out it was much different. I went into the wrestling room and there weren’t any ropes or people on jumping on each other, but I liked it. It seemed much safer.”

Wrestling ended up being a family event. Both of her older brothers, Duplex and Randy, were on the Shakopee wrestling team. Her younger sister Joel is a sophomore and also on the team. Continue reading at swnewsmedia.com →

Augsburg women’s wrestling coach Mejia stepping down

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University Women’s Wrestling Head Coach Max Mejia has submitted his resignation, after leading the Auggie program for the past two seasons, the university announced on Tuesday.

Mejia helped to launch the Auggie women’s wrestling program in 2019, coaching the team through its first two seasons. The Auggies finished fifth at the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCAA schools) on Saturday, the best finish among all NCAA Division III teams at the event.

“I have appreciated my time here in the Augsburg Athletics Department,” Mejia said. “It has been a blessing to be involved with a university with such a strong wrestling culture. It was special to be a part of the process that led to establishing the only women’s wrestling program in the state of Minnesota.”

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