MINNEAPOLIS — Eight members of the Augsburg University men’s wrestling team were named as first-team NCAA Division III All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, it was announced on Tuesday.
Named as NWCA All-Americans were: Victor Gliva (SR, Farmington, Minn./Farmington HS) at 133 pounds, David Flynn (SR, Jordan, Minn./Jordan HS (Scott West)) at 141, Aaron Wilson (SR, Oak Grove, Minn./St. Francis HS) at 149, Ryan Epps (SR, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS) at 157, Lucas Jeske (SR, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) at 165, Solomon Nielsen (JR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS) at 174, Tanner Vassar (SR, Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake HS) at 184 and Lance Benick (JR, Scandia, Minn./Totino-Grace HS) at 197.
All eight Auggies were named to the 80-member NWCA All-America First Team, with eight individuals named in each weight class. All 80 were among the top eight seeds in each weight class that were scheduled to wrestle at the NCAA Division III National Championships in March, an event that was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An additional 50 wrestlers were named to the NWCA All-America Second Team, and 50 more were named to the NWCA All-America Third Team. Traditionally, the top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-America honors at NCAA wrestling championships.