Mat Chat With Ryan Epps Two-Time NCAA DIII Champion

Minnesota Storm Team Member / Augsburg University Graduate / Cannon Falls HS

By Chad Otterness

Ryan Epps is a Cannon Falls High School and Augsburg University graduate. Ryan has been busy competing and training as he pursues his Olympic goals.

Ryan was a three-time All-American at Augsburg University and two-time National Champion.

Ryan Epps just competed against the Wisconsin RTC wrestling club and picked up a 6-2 victory over three-time NCAA Division I qualifier Rickey Robertson of the Wisconsin RTC.

Ryan previously wrestled in his first USA Senior level Greco-Roman and Freestyle Nationals tournament in Coralville, Iowa. Ryan came away with a fifth place finish in the Greco portion of the tournament going 4-2 at 77 KG (169.4 LBS). Ryan also wrestled up a weight class and went 1-2 in freestyle at 86 KG (189.2 LBS).

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Unfinished Business: Ryan Epps Reflects On Augsburg, New Start In Greco

It’s hard to call Ryan Epps (77 kg) a “throwback”, though the moniker fits.

As a member of the Minnesota Storm, he is teammates with several wrestlers who have done their part to uphold Storm’s proud tradition of outlasting, outhustling, and mercilessly “breaking” the opposition. For decades and decades, this is how it has been. It is what they learn, how they are developed. Minnesota as a state tends to produce hard-working, lunch pail-types, anyway. What Storm does is reinforce the concept that, yes, toughness along with an expansive gas tank usually equate to success in a sport where attrition forever remains at a premium.

Consider: like any large family, Storm has “hand-me-downs”; except instead of outgrown clothes, the younger generation are bequeathed a mindset. Not mere attire which tears and frays, but rather, an attitude that is intended to withstand the test of time.

And that attitude is why Epps exited last week’s 2020 US Nationals as one of the biggest stories of the tournament. Continue reading at →

Epps hopes to lead Augsburg to national title, claim third individual title

Augsburg coach Jim Moulsoff knows it won’t be easy to say goodbye to Ryan Epps.

The two-time national champion embodies everything you want in a successful student-athlete.

Epps is one of the leaders on the loaded Augsburg College wrestling team and he also excels in the classroom.

Epps, a senior from Cannon Falls, Minn., has compiled a remarkable 136-12 career record in college. Seven of those losses came his freshman year.

“Ryan’s the hardest working kid,” Moulsoff said. “He never stops moving forward and looking to score. He’s relentless.” Continue reading at

Epps named Wrestler of the Week

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University’s Ryan Epps (SO, Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS) was named Wrestler of the Week, it was announced on Wednesday by, a website that covers NCAA Division III wrestling.

Entering the week as the No. 3-ranked 157-pounder in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, Epps had an impressive set of matches, headlined by a 9-6 upset win over top-ranked Logan Thomsen of Wartburg (Iowa) on Thursday in the annual “Battle of the Burgs” dual between the two Division III wrestling powers.

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