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    'Battle of the Burgs' set for Thursday at Augsburg

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The top two small-college wrestling programs in the country will face off on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Augsburg College's Si Melby Hall, as Augsburg faces Wartburg (Iowa) in a dual meet. Augsburg is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest Division III national poll, while Wartburg, the defending NCAA Division III national champions, is ranked No. 2 in the current poll.

    There are no advance tickets sold for the meet, and all seats are general admission. Tickets will be available in the Kennedy Center lobby (main entrance to Si Melby Hall and the Kennedy Center) starting at 5 p.m., and doors to the Si Melby Hall gym will open at 6 p.m. The dual meet begins at 7 p.m.

    Fans are encouraged to park in Lot L on the east side of campus (see campus map by clicking here; Si Melby Hall/Kennedy Center is No. 25 on the map). Please be reminded that certain Augsburg parking lots that are reserved for students, faculty/staff, etc., are subject to ticketing. Parking lots B, E, F, G, and J are ticketed 24 hours every day (see campus map by clicking here).

    Fans can also park for $5 at the Fairview-University Medical Center Riverside campus' Yellow Ramp (see Fairview map by clicking here). along 23rd Avenue South off of Riverside Avenue. The $5 parking deal is for the Yellow Ramp ONLY; all other Fairview ramps/lots will charge regular hourly rates. You MUST have your game ticket stub to show to the parking attendant when you leave, in order to get the $5 parking deal. There are no in-out privileges at the Fairview lots/ramps.

    If you have questions regarding tickets or parking, please contact the Augsburg athletic department at 612-330-1249.

    Augsburg is 10-0 in dual meets this season, and has won 85 of 100 matches in its 10 dual wins (including three shutout victories). Augsburg topped Wartburg 22-10 at the championship match of the NWCA Division III National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, earlier this month.

    Augsburg has eight individuals ranked nationally, including four No. 1-ranked wrestlers -- Jafari Vanier (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn./Bloomington Kennedy HS) at 133 pounds, Quincy Osborn (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) at 141, Jeremy Anderson (Jr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) at 157 and Marcus LeVesseur (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Bloomington Kennedy HS) at 165.

    Wartburg, 18-1 in dual meets this season, has seven individuals ranked nationally, including one No. 1-ranked individual -- heavyweight Blake Gillis (Sr., Spencer, Iowa).

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