NWCA Releases NCAA Women’s Final Poll of the Season; NCWWC Preseeds

Manheim, PA – On Friday, The NWCA released their final NCAA Women’s rankings which will serve as preseeds for the NCWWC tournament set for March 5-6 at Tiffin University. McKendree remains in the top spot closely followed by second-place King. Each school is coming off NCWWC Regional tournament titles, McKendree in the Southwest Regional and King in the Southeast Regional. Entering the team rankings this week is New Jersey City University at #15 while Lakeland University drops out of the top 15.

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Auggies qualify 13 women’s wrestlers to nationals

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Qualifying all 13 of its competitors to the national tournament with six regional titlists, the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team finished second at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships’ Northwest Regional Qualifier on Sunday at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Augsburg, ranked No. 7 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association’s NCAA national rankings, finished with 146.0 points, second to No. 5-ranked North Central (Ill.) in the seven-team regional field. All 13 Augsburg competitors finished among the top four in their weight classes to qualify for the NCWWC National Championships for NCAA-affiliated schools, which will be held March 6 in Tiffin, Ohio. A two-time national champion last season, Shilson is now 5-0 this year and has yet to lose a collegiate match in her career. She is 19-0 with eight pins and nine technical falls in her collegiate career.

Top-ranked 109-pounder Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) needed just 1:14 to win her weight class, with a 47-second pin in her opening match and a 27-second, 10-0 technical fall win over Angelina Graff of North Central in the finals.

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Shilson goes 2-1 at Captains Cup

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) went 2-1 in competition at the Captains Cup, a dual meet tournament featuring the top American women’s wrestlers, over the weekend.

The Captains Cup was a tournament featuring 36 of the top women’s wrestlers in the country, drafted onto one of six teams, with a wrestler at each of the Olympic-level women’s freestyle weight classes. Shilson, currently ranked No. 7 in the Flowrestling domestic national rankings at 50 kilograms (110 pounds) was drafted by the team led by No. 3-ranked (Flowrestling) 76 kg (168 pounds) wrestler Victoria Francis, and coached by Ashley Sword, head coach at Life University (Ga.).

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Augsburg Women face top foes at McKendree

LEBANON, Ill. — Augsburg University women’s wrestlers competed against some of the top collegiate competitors in the country on Sunday at the McKendree University Bearcat Scramble.

No team results were kept in the tournament, which featured round-robin individual competition between five teams all ranked in the top seven in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association’s NCAA national rankings — No. 1 McKendree (Ill.), No. 3 Emmanuel (Ga.), No. 4 Colorado Mesa, No. 5 North Central (Ill.) and No. 7 Augsburg. Eleven Auggies competed in the tournament, the first for Augsburg in its truncated 2021 campaign.

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Women’s wrestling postseason set for NCAA programs

The Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Coalition has announced the 2021 postseason schedule for the NCAA women’s wrestling programs, including the site and dates for the annual national championships, as well as four regional qualifiers that determine the national field.

The Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) will be hosted by Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio on Saturday, March 6. This will be the second annual national championships event for NCAA programs.

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NCAA Women Individual and Tournament Team Rankings

Manheim, PA – With the announcement that Preseason #1 Simon Fraser University will not be competing in NCAA competition for the Spring Semester, the top spot for the tournament team rankings now goes to McKendree University who slides up from #2 in the NWCA Coaches Poll for NCAA Women released on Wednesday.

McKendree leads the way by claiming half of the ten #1 spots; Felicity Taylor (116), Camerin Guerin (130), Emma Bruntil (136), Alara Boyd (143), and Sydnee Kimber (191). King University is the only other school to have multiple athletes ranked #1 with Jaclyn McNichols (101) and Cheyenne Sisenstein (123).

Other schools with top-ranked athletes are Augsburg University, Emmanuel College, and North Central College.

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The Sky is the Limit For Auggies Women

By Matt Krumrie

It was a strong inaugural season for the Augsburg Auggies women's wrestling team, the first and only women's collegiate wrestling program in the state of Minnesota. The team finished sixth at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships (follows international freestyle rules) and 9th at the National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championships (follows NCAA/folkstyle rules).

Five Auggies wrestlers earned All-American honors, led by national champion Emily Shilson of Maple Grove/Mounds View High School, who won the 109-pound national title in both the WCWA and NCWWC divisions. Vayle-Rae Baker (123/WCWA 2nd/NCWWC 6th); Gabby Skidmore (130/WCWA 2nd/NCWWC 6th); and Marlynne Deede (155/NCWWC 6th) all also earned All-American honors.

In early November, Shilson won the 50KG (110 pounds) title at the United World Wrestling Junior Nationals and the 50KG title at the USA Wrestling Under-23 National Championships, going 9-0 with six wins by technical fall. In college competition, Shilson was 14-0 with six pins and six technical falls, with just two of her matches going beyond the first period. Her dad Chad is also a volunteer assistant coach with Augsburg.

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Shilson wins two national titles in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) claimed two national titles over the weekend at the CHI Health Center, winning the 50-kilogram (110-pound) title at the United World Wrestling Junior Nationals on Friday and the 50 kg crown at the USA Wrestling Under-23 Nationals on Saturday.

Shilson led a group of Auggies that captured eight All-American honors over the weekend. At 55 kg (121 pounds), Vayle-Rae Baker (SO, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary HS) finished second at the UWW Junior Nationals (ages 17-20) and third at the USAW U23 Nationals (ages 23-under), while Marlynne Deede (SO, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) placed third at both meets at 72 kg (159 pounds). Also at 72 kg, Destynie Pacheco (SO, El Paso, Texas/Pebble Hills HS) placed sixth at the UWW event and fifth at the USAW event.

Shilson, competing for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, won all nine of her matches, with six technical falls and two pins, outscoring her opponents by an 80-6 margin to earn her double titles on the weekend. She scored four first-period technical falls and a 4-2 win over Washington high schooler Salyna Shotwell in the finals of the UWW Junior meet on Friday, then scored two technical falls and two pins to capture the USAW U23 title on Saturday. She scored a 10-0, 2:30 technical fall win over Texas high schooler Samara Chavez, the No. 1-ranked 112-pounder in the USA Wrestling preseason high school national rankings, in the finals.

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