Weather impacts Augsburg wrestling events

MINNEAPOLIS — The major snowstorm impacting the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota on Friday and Saturday is impacting some Augsburg athletic events with postponements and/or cancellations. Check Augsburg’s athletic Twitter account (@AugsburgAuggies) for updates throughout the weekend and before you travel, as conditions may force changes.

The Augsburg men’s wrestling team will NOT BE COMPETING at the Cornell (Iowa) (Mike Duroe Open) on Saturday, January 18.

The Augsburg’s women’s wrestling team’s dual meet against Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been POSTPONED from Saturday (1/18) to Sunday (1/19) at 12 p.m. at Si Melby Hall. There will also be a youth wrestling competition between Minnesota and Wisconsin wrestlers that will be held at 11 a.m.

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Augsburg Women to wrestle for 7th place at NWCA National Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Augsburg University wrestling team will compete for seventh place at the inaugural NCAA women’s bracket at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals, after going 1-2 in its matches on Friday at Freedom Hall. Augsburg opened with a 28-16 loss to Presbyterian (S.C.), then edged Adrian (Mich.) 25-24 before falling to Gannon (Pa.) 35-11.

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Auggies competing at NWCA National Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Augsburg University’s men’s and women’s wrestling teams will be competing at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals championships this weekend, as the tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Expo Center (Freedom Hall/Exhibition Hall) in Louisville, Ky.

Augsburg’s men’s wrestling team will attempt to defend its back-to-back NWCA Division III National Duals titles, while the Auggie women are competing for the first time in the NCAA women’s bracket in their inaugural season.

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Louisville again set to host NWCA’s Mat Mayhem with 92 college teams battling for dual meet championships

Manheim, Pennsylvania — A record 92 college teams will be participating in Mat Mayhem this coming weekend at the Kentucky Exposition Center at the NWCA’s annual National Duals.

The 2020 U.S. Marine Corps NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships presented by ARMS Software and Defense Soap hosted by NUWAY takes place January 10-11 with Louisville as the host for the second straight year.

“Last year, we saw great support from the wrestling community in Louisville and the state of Kentucky and we’re excited to expand even more this year with the record number of teams participating and even some local high schools getting into the mix, hosting one of their regional dual meet events here at the Kansas Exposition Center,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer.

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Augsburg Women’s Wrestling Puts Stereotypes Into Submission

The only collegiate women’s wrestling team in the state just formed a few months ago—but they’re already a group to watch.

This time last year, none of the women on the Augsburg wrestling team knew they’d be here. Bel Snyder was slogging through freshman year at a school where she didn’t fit in, debating leaving wrestling entirely for a better college experience. The country’s number-one recruit, Emily Shilson, was busy winning basically every championship a high schooler could win—sometimes competing against future teammate and number-12 recruit Gabby Skidmore, who was racking up medals and trophies of her own. Head coach Max Mejia was coaching at a youth training camp in Arizona, far from the cold of his first Minnesota winter.

Then, come spring, a new team was born, and a dozen wrestlers (including Mejia) found the place they were supposed to be.

Augsburg University has a storied wrestling tradition. The men’s team has won 13 NCAA Division III championships and has produced two Olympians (1972 grad Pat Marcy, and 1973’s James Mastro). “It was very natural for them to look to add women’s wrestling,” says Mejia. “It fit with the vision.” Continue reading at

Augsburg’s Emily Shilson qualifies for Olympic women’s wrestling trials

FORT WORTH, Texas — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) qualified for the United States Olympic Trials with a fourth-place finish in the 50-kilogram weight class at the USA Wrestling Senior Nationals, held on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Shilson went 4-2 on the weekend, with all four of her wins coming by technical falls (superior decisions). Her lone two losses came to the top two seeds in the field — to tournament runner-up and current Team USA member Victoria Anthony 2-0 in the semifinals, and to three-time All-American for Jamestown (N.D.) and current Team USA member Amy Fearnside, 6-4 in the third-place match. Five of the six wrestlers Shilson faced over the weekend ended up placing in the top eight in the field.

She will now qualify to compete for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held on April 4-5 at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.

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