No. 1 Wartburg vs No. 2 Augsburg Tomorrow in “Battle of the Burgs”

WAVERLY – The top-ranked Wartburg wrestling team is set to host No. 2 Augsburg University for the Annual “Battle of the Burgs” dual this Thursday, Feb. 6 inside Levick Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

 Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Waverly, Iowa // Levick Arena
Series: Wartburg leads 21-16
Radio: KWAY Country AM 1470 FM 96.3 // Greg Hovden, Al Hoeper

Wartburg improved to 7-0 during American Rivers Conference action with a 24-12 win at No. 5 Coe College last Thursday, Jan. 30 in Cedar Rapids. The Knights won seven of 10 individual bouts, including a pin from Kyle Briggs at 184 lbs. For his performance, Briggs was awarded the A-R-C Wrestler of the Week.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released its fifth edition of Division III dual meet team rankings on Jan. 29, with Wartburg ranked No. 1 for a second consecutive poll and the fourth this season.

Individually, seven Knights are ranked throughout respective weight classes, including a top ranking for Kris Rumph at 133.

125 – Brady Kyner, 8th
133 – Kris Rumph, 1st
141 – Brady Fritz, 4th
165 – Max Forsyth, 6th
184 – Kyle Briggs, 2nd
197 – Kobe Woods, 4th
285 – Jordon Brandon, 9th

Thursday’s match will mark the 38th meeting between the historic rivalry of Wartburg and Augsburg, with the Knights holding a 21-16 series advantage. The two teams previously met on Jan. 11 in the NWCA National Duals Championship match, in which then-ranked No. 2 Wartburg defeated the top-ranked Auggies 24-15. The Orange & Black also won last year’s contest, in Minneapolis, Minn., and hold a 9-1 advantage over the last ten meetings.


Date         Home/Away/Neutral        Result
1/11/20                   N                      W, 24-15
1/31/19                   A                      W, 16-15
1/5/18                     N                      L, 17-21
2/1/18                     H                      W, 21-13
1/6/17                     N                      W, 31-9
2/2/17                     A                       W, 20-13
2/4/16                     H                      W, 29-10
2/5/15                     A                       W, 25-7
2/6/14                     H                       W, 23-9
1/31/13                   A                        W, 29-6


  • Wartburg is ranked No. 1 in the latest NWCA DIII poll, earning the top ranking for the fourth time this season.
  • Seven Knights are ranked throughout respective weight classes in the latest NWCA poll, including a No. 1 ranking for Kris Rumph at 133 lbs.
  • Senior Max Forsyth leads the Knights with 23 wins. Kyle Briggs trails with 20.
  • Forsyth and Brady Fritz share the team lead with 12 pins each.


  • Augsburg holds a 6-1 overall dual record on the season and most recently competed at the Saint John’s University Open Jan. 25.
  • Eight Auggies are ranked throughout respective weight classes in the latest NWCA Individual Rankings, including a No. 1 ranking for Tanner Vassar at 184 lbs.
  • The Auggies’ sole loss on the year came against the Knights in the NWCA National Duals title match.
  • Ryan Epps (No. 2/157 lbs.) and Aaron Wilson (No. 3/149 lbs.) lead the team with 22 wins each.
    • Vassar holds a 21-0 record with 12 pins.

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