Womens Wrestling Wins Home Debut
Jackson Gerber, Sports Editor
In front of an impressive home crowd, the Augsburg women’s wrestling team came out victorious in their first ever home dual match, defeating UW-Stevens Point 30-12. Having already beaten the Pointers 35-8 earlier in the season, the Auggies hoped to duplicate their dominant performance on their home mat.
The match started with a bang for the Auggies as the No. 1 ranked 109 pound wrestler and potential olympian Emily Shilson won 10-0 via technical fall to put her team up 4-0. Following a pin by UW-Stevens Point that put the Pointers up 5-4, Augsburg would win the next five bouts to take a commanding 25-6 lead. The five bout run was started by a Vayle-Rae Baker pin and followed by a 6-1 decision for Savannah Vold to put the Auggies up 12-6.
Sandwiched between two forfeits was one of the more exciting matchups of the dual, as Kahlea Jolly fought her way to a 6-6 tie but ended up with the win due to a criteria decision. The Pointers would score another pin before the match ended with a forfeit in favor of the Auggies.
It has been a successful start to the women’s wrestling teams’ inaugural season. So far the Auggies have four wrestlers in the national rankings. Shilson is the consensus No. 1 at 109 pounds, and Baker is the No. 3/2 wrestler at 123 pounds. Gabby Skidmore ranks No. 8/5 in the 136 pound weight class and Faith Tuttle is the No. 6/5 ranked wrestler at 191 pounds. The team has been very good as well, ranking No. 3/6 team in the nation.
The Auggies have two meets left, both national championships. The first is the WCWA National Championships in Marietta, Georgia on February 7 and 8 and the second is the final meet of the year at the NCAA Championships in Adrian, Michigan on March 6 and 7.