Augustana (SD) to move to Div. I, which would add another NCAA Div. I wrestling program

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 14, 2018, 10 a.m. (ET)
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Augustana University, an NCAA Div. II college in Sioux Falls, S.D., has announced a new strategic growth vision.

As part of this campuswide plan for academic excellence and growth, according to local media, Augustana plans to make the transition from NCAA Div. II to NCAA Div. I in its athletics program. It was included in a strategic vision approved unanimously by its Board of Trustees.

Augustana sponsors varsity men's wrestling, led by head coach Jason Reitmeier. Currently Augustana is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. In wrestling, Augustana is ranked fourth in Super Region 5.

Local media reports indicate that Augustana is seeking to join a Div. I conference for the 2021-22 academic year.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Augustana University approves plans to pursue Division I

KTIV TV: Augustana University to pursue move to Division I athletics

KELO TV: Augustana will move to Div. I athletics

KSFY TV: Augustana will move to Div. I athletics

ESPN991: Augustana University to make the jump to Division I

Augustana University Athletics: Augustana University Announces Strategic Vision Focused on Academic Excellence and Growth

Augustana becomes the second NCAA Div. II university with a men's wrestling team to announce a move up to NCAA Div. I this season, as Long Island University (with its LIU-Post campus) also making the move up in division moving forward.