Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Augsburg Open Recap & Review (2023-2024)


Year in and Year out the Augsburg Open is one of my favorite early season tournaments as it involves talent from both NCAA Division III & NCAA Division II.  It's not often we get to see the two divisions go head to head in cross division cross fire, so it is much appreciated by a fan like myself how much D2 Vs D3 there is at this event. 

Peacock Freshman Shines In First Collegiate Wrestling Event

What a great start to what looks like it's going to be a great collegiate career for freshman Trey Ackman of Upper Iowa.  He not only won this year's Augsburg Open, he did so by starting off the tournament with a 16-1 technical fall over last year's champion Miguel Garcia of Luther.  He then defeated Cristian Chavez of Luther, who was an D3 NCWA All American in 2021, 7-1 in the finals.  Chavez had defeated a tough Derek Steele, a 2022 D3 qualifier 6-3 in the semi-finals.  While Steele came back to take 3rd, Garcia finished in 6th place. 

Beau Klingensmith Continues To Shine For Sioux Falls 

Looking good & looking sharp at the Yellow Jacket Open a few weeks ago, Beau Klingensmith looked every bit as good here at Augsburg.  What was quite surprising was that Wyatt Kaczrowski pulled off a 5-4 win over teammate Cade Willis in the semi-finals.  Klingensmith then went on to defeat Kaczrowski 10-3 in the finals, as Willis came back to take 3rd. 

D3 Champ Over Two Time D2 All American 

In a rematch of last year's final at 141 lbs, 2023 NCAA DIII champion Sam Stuhl once again overcame two time NCAA DII All American Tate Murty of Upper Iowa.  In a match featuring top talents from both Divisions, the Auggie defeated the Peacock 8-6. 

Gold Augsburg
Silver Augsburg
Bronze Augsburg 

It was all Augsburg at 149 lbs.  D3 All American Charlie Stuhl secured himself a title as he also held onto to his starting position, when he defeated teammate Cole Becker in a tight 5-4 decision in the finals. Becker had defeated fellow teammate Lucas Jagodzinske 4-2 in the semis.  If that doesn't tell you the depth of 149 lbs in the Auggie practice room, little else will.  Jagodzinske then defeated Upper Iowa's Ethen Doty 8-4 for 3rd place.  Stuhl had majored Doty 12-1 in the semis. 

It's An All Augsburg Final At 157 lbs 

More or less another wrestle-off between two Upper Midwest Regional champion candidates, Kaden Reetz was able to edge teammate Blake Jagodzinske 8-5 in the finals.  Ironically enough the two juniors duking it out for a title, as well as a starting position, finished 2nd & 3rd respectively at last year's Augsburg Open. 

DIII All American Once Again Takes It To DII Champ 

Last weekend at the Luther Open, NCAA Division III All American Cooper Willis defeated NCAA Division II champion Chase Luensman 13-7.  This past weekend, he gave the Peacock an even worse beating.  It was an 11-1 major decision for the Auggie in the finals.  

In the consolation final, freshman Robert Flege of UW-La Crosse majored Bryce McDonough of Luther 8-0 

D3 Once Again Over D2 At 174 lbs 

Lawson Losee of Upper Iowa was able to get past last year's Augsburg Open runner-up Carter Sorenson 4-3 in the semi-finals.  However, against All American Seth Goetzinger in the finals, it'd be a different story.  Goetzinger defeated Losee by a 6-0 decision. 

Bentley Schwanebeck-Osterman Adds Another Title To His Resume

A champion here last year & a champion here this year.  It's his first of what I'm sure will end up being many titles the already three time All American wins throughout the 2023-2024 NCAA Division III wrestling season.  

Concordia (MN) Nabs A Title At 197

In one of the few weights not won by host Augsburg, Gabriel Zierdan of Concordia (MN) won the championship with a solid 11-6 victory over Tyler Raway of Augsburg. 

Tyler Kim Adds Another Title To His Resume

Tyler Kim has a lot in common with his 184 lbs teammate. Like BSO, he is a three time All American looking to end his career as a rare four time NCAA D3 All American.  He's also bound to win many more tournaments this season.  After majoring Cullen Quick of Luther in the semi-finals, Kim took a MFF victory over teammate Jagger Scheck in the finals.  Scheck himself pulled off an impressive win in the semi-finals, as he defeated Luther's Walter West in a 3-2 tiebreaker.  


As said a great tournament that featured D3 & D2 talent.  

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