Auggie wrestling 8th in academics, 5 Auggies honored

MINNEAPOLIS — With five wrestlers who competed in the NCAA Division III National Championships earning National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar All-America recognition, the Augsburg College wrestling team recorded the eighth-highest team grade-point average among Division III wrestling teams, it was announced recently.

Augsburg recorded a 3.47 team grade-point average, good for eighth place in the Division III national ranking. It’s the 12th time Augsburg has earned a top-10 national honor in the NWCA’s Scholar All-America team rankings since 1998.  According to the NWCA, “Criteria for the team award is cumulative grade-point average of 10 wrestlers, of which at least six must have competed at the NCAA Regional this year. The 10 GPAs are then averaged.”

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Five Auggie wrestlers earned NWCA Division III Scholar All-America honors, led by heavyweight Chad Johnson (SR, Ferryville, Wis./De Soto HS), who earned the honor for the third straight year. Auggie 149-pounder Will Keeter (JR, Twin Falls, Idaho) and 184-pounder Tommy Teigen (JR, Ham Lake, Minn./Meadow Creek Christian HS) each earned the honor for the second time in their careers, and 133-pounder Chad Bartschenfeld (JR, Amery, Wis.) and 165-pounder Justin Bowland (SR, Foley, Minn.) were both first-time honorees.

An elementary education major with a 3.46 GPA, Johnson became the sixth wrestler in Augsburg history to earn four or more All-American honors with his third-place finish at heavyweight this year’s national championships. A 2012 and 2013 Division III national champion and seventh-place finisher in 2011, Johnson finished his senior season with a 35-2 record, including nine pins, a technical fall and two major decisions. In his Augsburg career, Johnson finished 140-15, with 44 pins, three technical falls and 27 major decisions. He had a 108-4 record during his final three Auggie campaigns.

Both Keeter and Teigen returned to the Auggie lineup after injuries cut their 2012-13 seasons short, and both returned to the Division III national tournament in 2014.

A 2012 All-American with a third-place national finish at 141, Keeter was 27-17 with seven pins, two technical falls and three major decisions, and is 96-46 in his Augsburg career. Keeter is a math/business economics major with a 3.51 GPA.

A 2012 and 2014 national tournament qualifier, Teigen went 20-14 this season, with seven pins, a technical fall and three major decisions. He is 63-38 in his Augsburg career. Teigen is an exercise science major with a 3.58 GPA.

Bowland qualified for the national tournament for the second straight season after winning the NCAA Division III West Regional this year. He finished his senior campaign with a 26-16 record, including five pins and seven major decisions, and finished his career at 71-60. Bowland is an elementary education/math major with a 3.15 GPA.

Bartschenfeld reached the NCAA tournament for the first time after winning the West Regional title at 133 pounds. He finished his junior season with a 23-15 record, including four pins, a technical fall and three major decisions. He is 45-34 in his career. Bartschenfeld is a business management major with a 3.40 GPA.

Over the past 29 seasons, Augsburg has produced 125 NWCA Scholar All-Americans. Augsburg has had 102 student-athletes honored since 1997, including 22 under current head coach Mark Matzek — himself a three-time NWCA Scholar All-American during his Augsburg career (2001-05).

As a team, Augsburg finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA Division III national tournament.

According to the NWCA, “To be eligible for the (Scholar All-America) award, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of at least 3.20 (cumulative or last academic year) and meet one of the three criteria: qualify for the NCAA Championships, place in top six at the NCAA qualifier, or win more than 66 percent of matches and wrestle in 50 percent of scheduled dates.”


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