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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Wisconsin-Stevens Point 29 Augsburg 17

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University’s three women’s wrestling seniors each recorded wins in their final home matches of their careers in the No. 14-ranked Auggies’ 29-17 dual-meet loss to the No. 18-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Sunday afternoon at Si Melby Hall.

Augsburg ranked No. 14 in the latest NWCA women’s national rankings for NCAA teams, scored three victories on the mat and one by forfeit, while No. 18-ranked UW-Stevens Point collected four forfeits and two wins on the mat.

At 170 pounds, Augsburg’s Madison Horn (SR, Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater HS) improved to 11-8 on the season with her seventh pin of the season, a 4:22 pin of Tabitha Breitrick. Tied 2-2 entering the second period, Horn converted a four-point feet-to-danger throw into the pin, the 12th of her collegiate career. She is now 27-37 in her Auggie career.

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North Central Tops Tournament Poll; Iowa Leads Dual Poll

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.

North Central and Iowa each have 15 individuals ranked, with North Central accumulating 128 points while Iowa has 95. 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 43 points with nine ranked individuals ranked. Colorado Mesa and Simon Fraser University both have six individuals ranked and accounted for 43 and 31 points, respectively.

Sacred Heart University is seventh with 16 points and five ranked individuals, while Lock Haven University and Aurora University have three.

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Auggies have solid weekend at Quad Cities

EAST MOLINE, Ill. — Five of the six Augsburg University women wrestlers competing finished in the top five in their weight classes, leading the Auggies to a fifth-place team finish at the 23-team Quad Cities D-III National Invitational hosted by Augustana College, held on Friday and Saturday.

Augsburg finished in fifth place in the two-day tournament, comprising 23 NCAA Division III teams. Six of the top seven finishing teams entered the tournament ranked in the top 25 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association national rankings for NCAA-affiliated schools, including No. 13-ranked Augsburg, No. 1-ranked North Central (Ill.) and No. 15-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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