Nina Makem earns 3rd All-American honor

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Nina Makem (JR, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS) earned her third career All-American honor, finishing in eighth place at 155 pounds, leading the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team in competition at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships, held on Friday and Saturday.

Augsburg finished its fifth season of varsity women’s wrestling with a 19th-place finish at the national meet, the championships for NCAA-affiliated women’s wrestling programs, with 22.0 points.

Makem earned her third career All-American honor with an eighth-place finish at 155 pounds. Entering the tournament ranked No. 3 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA national poll at 155, Makem reached the quarterfinals with two first-period pins — a 1:16 pin of Erika Novak of Hiram (Ohio) and a 47-second pin of Azana King of Schreiner (Texas) on Friday. She suffered a 6-2 setback to No. 6-ranked Bella Mir of Iowa in the quarterfinals, but earned All-American honors with a 56-second pin of Nia Miranda of Mount Olive (N.C.). On Saturday, Makem was edged 4-3 by No. 7-ranked Madison Sandquist of Sacred Heart (Conn.) in the wrestlebacks, and suffered a 1:18 pin by No. 8-ranked Alex Hofrichter of Dubuque (Iowa) in the seventh-place match.

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North Central Remains No. 1 Headed into NCWWC Tournament

MANHEIM, Pa. – The top six teams in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NCAA Women’s Wrestling Coaches’ Poll remained the same. North Central College stays in the top spot, while the University of Iowa is second. King University is third, while McKendree University and Colorado Mesa University round out the top five.

Both North Central and Iowa have 14 individuals ranked, with North Central accumulating 123 points while Iowa has 93 points. King stays at third as they are the third and final team, with at least ten individuals ranked with 12 to accumulate 88 points. McKendree amassed 65 points with nine ranked individuals ranked. Colorado Mesa and Simon Fraser University both have six individuals ranked and accounted for 38 and 26 points, respectively.

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Auggie women sending 3 to NCWWC nationals

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Qualifying three individuals to the upcoming National College Women’s Wrestling Championships, the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team finished in fifth place at the NCWWC Region IV Regionals, held on Sunday at North Central University.

With 60 points, Augsburg finished in a tie for fifth place in the nine-team meet, featuring five teams ranked in the top 20 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association national rankings for NCAA-affiliated schools. No. 1-ranked North Central (Ill.) won the meet with 219.0 points, followed by No. 9-ranked Aurora (Ill.) with 106, No. 18-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point with 103.5, No. 15-ranked Northern Michigan with 82.0 and No. 14 Augsburg tied with Augustana (Ill.) with 60 points each.

Three Auggies finished in the top four in their weight classes, earning berths in the National College Women’s Wrestling Championships for NCAA-affiliated schools, which will be held March 8-9 at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In its five-year history of women’s wrestling, Augsburg now has 52 national tournament qualifiers (44 NCWWC, eight WCWA).

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