Augsburg wrestlers are ready for the "Battle of Burgs"

January 28, 2019 07:19 PM

When it comes to wrestling, the rivalry between Augsburg and Wartburg is one of the best in the country.

"It's a great rivalry. It's been Augsburg or Wartburg that's won the last 26 national titles in Division III wrestling. It's always an honor to compete against those guys. It's real, it's a real rivalry," says Augsburg coach Jim Moulsoff.

"It's a pretty good one. It's always been two teams that always battle. It's good competition every time it's just a battle: The Battle of the burgs," says Augsburg junior Lucas Jeske.

"It's a cool atmosphere for sure, iron sharpens iron, kind of like the rivalry. We want to keep getting better. They want to keep getting better, so it's whoever is on their game that night shows whose the best," says Augsburg junior Ryan Epps.

***To see extended interviews with Jim Moulsoff, Ryan Epps, and Lucas Jeske CLICK PLAY ABOVE***

This is going to be a special week for the Auggies as they'll be celebrating 70 years of wrestling at the "Battle of the Burgs" on Thursday night.

"The guys who come here understand the rich tradition, especially for freshman it's a little overwhelming, the commitment. It's a big commitment on their part, not just the wrestling side, the academic side. If they're not taking care of the academics, they can't wrestle. We're very structured," Moulsoff adds.

Jeske and Epps won individual national titles last year and not only are they striving to do it again, but they always want to get back on the championship podium as a team.

"It was amazing to win, but I'm past it right now trying to win another one. All I'm looking forward to is winning a team title and hopefully another individual one. It would be nice again just celebrating with the team," says Jeske.

"I like having a target on my back. It makes me want to keep improving my game, because I know everyone is trying to beat me and it always motivates me to try and get better," says Epps.

The "Battle of the Burgs" will take place at Augsburg University on Thursday January 31st at 7:30pm at Si Melby Hall.

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