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The Sky is the Limit for the Augsburg University Auggies Women

By Matt Krumrie

A new coach. Same high expectations.

That's a quick overview of what to expect with the Augsburg women's wrestling program heading into the 2021-2022 season.

In June, Jake Short, a former University of Minnesota wrestler who has served as a coach for an elite wrestling school for the past three years, was named head coach of the Augsburg University women's wrestling team. Short replaces Max Mejia, who resigned in March after leading the Auggie women's wrestling team in its first two years as a varsity program, the only varsity women's wrestling program in Minnesota. The Auggies have won three individual national titles and earned 12 All-American honors in their first two seasons, most recently finishing in fifth place as a team at the 2021 National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships (NCAA schools).

Short wasted no time setting the bar high for himself and his wrestlers.

"This year, we have a lot of new things coming to this program; with a new coach and five incoming freshmen, we are excited for what is to come," he said. "A lot of these incoming freshmen will have an instant impact in our lineup. The key for us is the development of not only our wrestling but the bond we have as a team and growing as individuals. I believe we are a top-three team in the country and, even in the past couple of months, have grown as wrestlers. These women learn fast and cling to new information. Their willingness to learn and take on new challenges is second to none. Women's wrestling has grown in the state of Minnesota, and we plan to demonstrate just that on a national level."

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Reinvigorated and Wrestling for Championships

Katerina Lange

By Brian Jerzak

When Martin County West's Katerina Lange finished up her freshman year of high school, she had been wrestling for ten years. Although she enjoyed the sport, something was missing for her. Wrestling had been such a big part of her life that she needed to find out more about herself outside of wrestling. Two years later, Lange's love of wrestling was reinvigorated. Now, she has a Pan-Am title to her name and national titles and world team aspirations in her future.

"My sophomore year, I took a break from wrestling to explore myself outside of the sport," Lange said. "I had been in wrestling my entire life. It had become too much of me. I came back last year. I realized I still had a lot of wrestling in me. I felt good, and from there, I decided I still had a passion for it."

During her time away from wrestling – among other things, she played on the basketball team for two years.

"When I came back, I felt like I had a new perspective with wrestling," Lange explained. "Before I took the break, I felt like it was a win/lose game, and there was nothing else in it for me. Taking the break gave me a new mindset. It was something I needed."

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Emily Shilson helped Team USA women’s wrestling make history this summer

MINNEAPOLIS (BVM) — After winning one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Team USA women’s wrestling doubled down on their impressive summer by making history at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia.

It was in Russia that Team USA for the first time ever had multiple champions in women’s freestyle with Amit Elor, Kylie Welker, and Emily Shilson all winning gold medals in their respective weight classes.

“Team USA has had a great summer in women’s wrestling,” Shilson said. “It’s so cool to be a part of this team that’s had the summer that we had”

Shilson came into the tournament with high expectations after making it to the Team USA Olympic Trials back in the spring. She missed the cut for Tokyo, but the whole experience was extremely positive and Shilson said it prepared her for Russia. Continue reading at / →

Augsburg’s Emily Shilson wins world junior title

UFA, Russia — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) claimed the junior world championship in the 50-kilogram (110-pounds) women’s freestyle category, with a dominating performance at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships, completed on Thursday at the Ufa Arena.

Shilson outscored her opponents by a 36-10 margin in four victories on Wednesday and Thursday, including a pair of 10-0, first-period technical superiority (technical fall) victories in the semifinal and championship matches.

On Wednesday, she opened with a 6-3 win over Natallia Varakina of Belarus, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games cadet champion (46 kg/101 pounds), converting a takedown and exposure to build a 4-1 lead after one period, then claiming a late takedown to secure the win. In the quarterfinals, Shilson had to overcome a 4-0 first-period deficit to claim a 10-7 win over Viktoriia Aleksandrova of Russia, a 2018 Cadet World Championships bronze medalist (43 kg/95 pounds). She scored three takedowns and two exposures in the second period, including a takedown and exposure with 41 seconds left to pull ahead for the first time in the bout.

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Team USA makes history with three Junior World Champs in women’s freestyle

Emily Shilson adds Junior World Gold to her medal collection

UFA, Russia – For the first time in history, Team USA has multiple Junior World champions in women’s freestyle as Emily Shilson, Amit Elor, and Kylie Welker won gold on Thursday at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia.

All three women dominated their ways to earning finals bids.

Just weeks after winning a Cadet World gold, Amit Elor won her second World title of the summer, topping the 68 kg Junior bracket. She won both tournaments without surrendering a single point to her opponents. In Thursday’s Junior World finals, Elor took on 2021 Junior World bronze medalist Elizaveta Petliakova from Russia. The American earned an early takedown directly into three leg-laces for an 8-0 lead. She added two more step-outs for a 10-0 shutout. Elor is also a 2019 Cadet World bronze medalist. Continue reading at →

Shilson, Elor and Welker punch tickets to Junior World finals in Russia

Emily Shilson will wrestle Enkhzul Batbaatar of Mongolia for gold tomorrow

UFA, Russia – The USA secured three finalists on the first day of women’s freestyle action at the 2021 Junior World Championships, including Emily Shilson, Amit Elor and Kylie Welker. All three athletes, who are past age-group World medalists, will compete for gold on Thursday.

Amit Elor, who entered Russia fresh off a Cadet World title in July, only needed one win to advance to the 68 kg semifinals, which she earned in dominant fashion, cruising past Arju Arju from India, 10-0, in less than a minute. In the semifinals, Elor needed just 1:24 to complete an 11-0 tech fall against 2021 Junior European silver medalist Zsuzsanna Molnar from Slovakia. The American was on the board early with a step out, followed by a takedown into two turns from a leg lace. She finished off the match with an arm spin, which earned her four points and secured her spot in her second World finals of the summer.

In the gold match, she will wrestle Elizaveta Petliakova from Russia, who is a 2021 Junior European bronze medalist. Continue reading at →