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Augsburg hosts Wartburg in 'Battle of the Burgs' on Thursday in Minneapolis

by Augsburg Athletics, Wartburg Athletics

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Augsburg hosts Wartburg in 'Battle of the Burgs' on Thursday

Augsburg press release

MINNEAPOLIS -- The annual "Battle of the Burgs" men's wrestling dual meet between small-college powers Augsburg University and Wartburg College makes its return after a year's absence, being held on Thursday (1/27) at 7:30 p.m. at Augsburg's Si Melby Hall.

The annual "Battle of the Burgs" dual meet features the two teams that have dominated NCAA Division III wrestling over the last three decades. Since 1995, every Division III national title has rested at either Augsburg or Wartburg, with defending national champion Augsburg winning 13 titles since 1991 and Wartburg winning 14 titles since 1996. With the NCAA Division III National Tournament not being held in either 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Augsburg will enter the 2022 championships as the "defending" national champion, having won the last NCAA tournament in 2019.

Wartburg leads the all-time dual-meet series with Augsburg by a 22-16 margin, with wins in the last three meetings.

In the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III national rankings (Jan. 14), Wartburg is ranked No. 1 in the tournament poll and No. 6 in the dual-meet poll, while Augsburg is ranked No. 4 in the tournament poll and No. 8 in the dual-meet poll.

Augsburg has six NWCA nationally-ranked wrestlers -- No. 2-ranked 141-pounder Sam Stuhl (JR, Ellsworth, Wis./Ellsworth HS), No. 2-ranked 157-pounder Tyler Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Centennial HS), No. 3-ranked 174-pounder Solomon Nielsen (SR, Luverne, Minn./Luverne HS), No. 7-ranked 285-pounder Tyler Kim (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS), No. 9-ranked 197-pounder Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (JR, Loyal, Wis./Marshfield HS) and No. 11-ranked 184-pounder Nick Rogge (SR, Eastman, Wis./Prairie du Chien HS).

Wartburg has nine NWCA nationally-ranked wrestlers -- No. 1-ranked 184-pounder Kyle Briggs, No. 2-ranked 149-pounder Kris Rumph, No. 3-ranked 133-pounder Joe Pins, No. 5-ranked 174-pounder Zane Mulder, No. 8-ranked 141-pounder Zayren Terukina, No. 9-ranked 125-pounder Brady Kyner, No. 9-ranked 285-pounder Jordan Brandon, No. 11-ranked 197-pounder Kobe Woods and No. 11-ranked 157-pounder David Hollingsworth.

The "halftime" of Thursday's meet will feature a reunion of five Augsburg legendary teams -- the 1982 MIAC championship team, the 1992 MIAC champion and NCAA national runner-up team, the 1997 MIAC champion and NCAA national champion team, the 2002 MIAC champion and NCAA national champion team and the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion and NCAA national runner-up team.

Wartburg Wrestling Set For "Battle of the Burgs"

Wartburg press release

WAVERLY, Iowa—After a year off from competition, the Annual "Battle of the Burgs" is set to take place between No. 1 Wartburg College and No. 3 Augsburg University.

The Knights and Auggies are set to dual on January 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minn at Si Melby Hall.

How to Watch

Fans not wanting to make the trek to Augsburg's campus can watch a live stream of the dual here. This is a paid service from TrackWrestling.

Augsburg COVID Policy

Masks are required inside Si Melby Hall. The capacity of the facility will be reduced to a maximum of 50 percent. Concessions will not be available and outside food or drink is not permitted.

Series History

The Knights hold a slim 22-16 overall series lead over the Auggies. Since 2009-10, the Knights have posted 10-1 record in "Battle of the Burgs" only duals. The last four time the teams have met, one has been the top-ranked team in the nation.

Knights' wrestlers who will be facing off against the Auggies for a second or third time include Brady Kyner, Kris Rumph, Brady Fritz, Kobe Woods, and Kyle Briggs. Kyner holds a 1-2 record, while Woods and Briggs hold a 1-1 record. Rumph and Fritz hold a 2-0 record against the Auggies in previous "Battle of the Burgs" direct duals.


In the latest Intermat rankings, the Knights sit at No. 1 in team standings. Augsburg holds onto the No. 3 spot.

Briggs holds the top-spot at 184 in the NWCA, D3wrestle, and Intermat rankings. Kyner (125), Pins (133), Terukina (141), Rumph (149), Hollingsworth (157), Mulder (174), Woods (197), and Brandon (285) hold top-10 rankings in one of the above polls.

Augsburg brings Sam Stuhl (141), Tyler Shilson (157), Solomon Nielsen (174), Nick Rogge (184), Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (197), and Tyler Kim (285) as ranked individuals ahead of the dual.

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