Augsburg wins 13th consecutive West Regional wrestling championship
MINNEAPOLIS -- Qualifying individuals in all 10 weight classes to the national championships, Augsburg claimed an NCAA regional title for the 13th consecutive year, winning the NCAA Division III West Regional crown on Saturday at Si Melby Hall.
Augsburg won the 11-team regional with 179 points, the fourth-most points Augsburg has scored in NCAA regional competition. Augsburg has won the team title in its NCAA regional every year since starting regional competition in the 2002-03 season.
It is the first time Augsburg has qualified wrestlers to the national tournament in all 10 weight classes since the 2006-07 season and fourth time the Auggies have had 10 qualifiers since the 2002-03 season (2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2014-15). Augsburg has had seven or more national tournament qualifiers in 12 of the last 13 seasons.
Augsburg, No. 4 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings, swept the post-tournament awards, as 125-pounder Mike Fuenffinger was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler, head coach Jim Moulsoff was named the West Region Coach of the Year and assistant coach Tony Valek was named West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Augsburg had one of its best final rounds in its regional history, winning all 10 bouts -- six championship matches and four third-place matches. The six regional titlists are the most for the Auggies since winning seven crowns in the 2009-10 season. Augsburg has earned six or more individual titles in seven of its 13 regional competitions.