Cobber grapplers advance to national tournament.
Four Concordia wrestlers, led by defending national heavyweight champion Barry Bennett, advanced to the national tournament at Cheney, WA, in March.
Other Cobbers in the national competition were Tom Sorbo, 167-pound senior from Mound, MN; Dave Smith, 158-pound senior from Winona, MN; and Mark Jensen, 142pound sophomore from Brainerd, MN. Results were unavailable at press time.
Bennett, a junior from North St. Paul, MN, and a co captain of this year's Cobber team, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) wresfling meet in Pennsylvania, tics (NAIA) wrestling meet in Pennsylvania, where he picked off a national title in the unlimited division. As national champion he was chosen to represent the United States on a tour of Japan and Korea where the team wrestled in several meets against the foreign competition.
A two-time All-Conference performer as a defensive tackle in football, Benneff is also one of the tn-captains for the 1977 grid squad. To add to his titles, he was the only champion in this season's final conference meet and was named the outstanding wrestler for the toumament which was held at Augsburg.
Sorbo claimed runner-up title in the Augsburg tournament, and the Cobbers finished fourth behind the champion host.
For the season, the Cobbers were 6-6 in dual meets, and will lose only three seniors to graduation in May - Smith, Sorbo and Steve Johnson, 150 pounds from Lisbon, ND. Top records for the Cobber matmen were: Bennett at 25-0, Sorbo at 17-7, Jensen at 21-5, and Smith at 18-10.
Heavyweight champion Bennett retains National NAIA title
Barry Bennett, a senior next fall from North St. Paul, MN, successfully defended his national Heavyweight wrestling championship by scoring a takedown in the last seven seconds in the championship match the NAIA Division Ill wrestling tournament held in Cheney, WA..
The co-captain of the Cobber wrestling team defeated Eastern Washington State College wrestler Don Wilson. Bennett, who remained undefeated in 33 matches this season, was defending the title he won in 1976, which gave him the distinction of being the first Cobber to ever win an individual national title. As national champion last year he was chosen to represent the United States on a tour of Japan and Korea where the team wrestled in several meets.
Bennett was also voted most valuable wrestler in the MIAC. He is a two-time All-Conference performer as a defensive tackle in football and is one of the tri-captains for the 1977 Concordia grid squad.
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Concordla basketball season has some exciting moments
The Concordia College basketball team won its final road game of the year over Gustavus 68-62, ending the season with 5-11 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 7-17 overall.
Senior Doug Boese of Anoka, MN led the Cobbers in individual scoring for the 1976 77 season with 443 points for an 18.5 per game average. Boese hit 172 field goals and 99 free throws. He also led the team rebounders with 214.
Boese averaged 18.6 points in MIAC games.
Kris Gulsvig of Moorhead led in assists with 127 and was the second top scorer with 253 points and a 10.5 average.
This year was the final season for Boese and Gulsvig and three other Cobber seniors - Brad 6 Atchison and Dave Bale of Moorhead, and Dwight Jones of Carson, CA.
Although Concordia won only a handful of games during the season, there were some exciting moments for the cagers. The Cobbem surprised the North Dakota State Bison with a 96-87 victory in a game that stirred the entire town. The underdog Cobbers stole the show that night as Coach Sonny Gulsvig mustered all 6 the firepower possible from his smaller forces.
In a game against Gustavus in which Concordia led only twice - 2-0 and
69-67, senior Kris Gulsvig pumped a 25-footer at the buzzer 6 to lift the
Cobbers to the 69-67 victory.
Doug Boese earns MIAC, NAIA honors
Doug Boese from Anoka, MN, holds the distinction of being an All-District 13 NAIA selection in both basketball and football. He was the leading scorer and rebounder this season and was named to the All-MIAC basketball team picked by the coaches.
Boese, a Cobber co-captain this year, was also named by the area news media to the Fargo-Moorhead inter-city team and was named to the third team of the 1976-77 All-Lutheran College basketball squad. The All-Lutheran team includes players from 27 colleges and universities around the country.
The senior forward led the Cobbers in individual scoring this season with 443 points for an 18.5 per-game average. He hit 172 field goals and 99 free throws. He also led the team in rebounds with 214 and averaged 18.6 points in MIAC games.
Boese graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in history and political science and international relations.
Kris Gulsvig is season standout
Kris Gulsvig of Moorhead received outstanding distinctions this year, including the honor of an All-District 13 NAIA selection in both basketball and baseball.
The senior guard led the Cobbers in assists with 127 and was second
in scoring this basketball
season with 253 points and a 10.5 average. The
Cobber co-captain was named to the F-M intercity team and to the third team of the 1976-77 All-Lutheran College Basketball squad.
Shortstop Gulsvig was named to the All- MIAC baseball team picked by the coaches. He led the Cobber batsmen with an average of .411.
Gulsvig graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He is the son of Cobber basketball coach Sonny Gulsvig.
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Women's basketball 1976-77
Women's basketball may just be the biggest-little success story of the 1976-77 athletic season at Concordia. Coach Collette Folstad began with only three returning starters, eight freshmen and one transfer student. The team was composed mainly of girls who had to learn about each other and who had to learn a new system of basketball.
Coach Folstad attributed the season's achievements to co-captains Cindy Hudson of Hunter, ND, and Becky Dooley of Wheatland, ND, whose leadership qualities were effective in pulling the team together. She attributed it to the dedication and determination of the players.
"They lived basketball," she said. But whether it was team effort, coach Folstad, or (probably) both, Concordia women worked their way through heavy competition to tie for fourth with the University of North Dakota in the Minn-Kota Conference. They finished with a 20-13 won-lost record overall and 4-3 in the conference. They were consolation champions in the North Dakota State University Holiday Tournament and the Minn-Kota Conference Tournament. They placed third in the Lutheran Brotherhood Tournament in Decorah, IA, and finished the season second among small colleges in the state MAIAW tournament.
Concordia played well defensively and were very balanced offensively. When the final scores were tallied, statistically the Cobbers had out rebounded and out-scored their opponents.
Outstanding individual performances were turned in by freshman Kathy Meyer of Mayville, ND, who led the team in rebounds with 393 in season action and 75 in the conference, averaging 10.7 percent. Co-captain Cindy Hudson was second highest rebounder for the Cobbers with a 359 seasonal record and 52 conference record. She led the team in assists with 78.
Co-captain Dooley was high Cobber scorer with 91 points in conference games. She received honors as a member of the North Country All-Tournament team and the 1977 MinnKota All-Conference team. Vickie Edwall of New Brighton, MN, was also high rebounder and scored on 28 out of 54 field-goal attempts to average nearly 52 percent.
Highlight of the season and of coach Folstad's 14-year career was the state play-offs. Cobber underdogs took revenge on the Minn-Kota Conference champions, Moorhead State University, and pocketed the victory that sent them to the MAIAW State Tournament, where they placed second among small colleges.
Concordia loses only one cager to graduation this year, Vickie Edwall,
who received a bachelor's degree in physical education and health at spring
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Young hockey team skates an ''outstanding" season
Concordia's icemen finished their season with an outstanding 13-10-1 overall record and an 8-5-1 in the MIAC conference. The Cobbers gave up their bid in the NAIA by losing 8-5 and 5-2 to Gustavus in final season action.
Jeff Frider, a sophomore wing from Hibbing, MN, was named Most Valuable Player for the season. He led the Cobbers in both assists with 25 and total points scored with 42 for the year. Lew Erickson, a junior from Roseau, MN, was named Cobber captain for the 1977-78 season.
Other individual statistics for the season were Ray Weisgarber, a sophomore from Regina, Sask., with 20 goals; Randy Beck, a junior from Puposky, MN, with 45 minutes in penalties, and Erickson with 20 penalues.
The Cobber team loses three seniors to graduation - Gary Samson of Hibbing, MN, Jim Kallevig of Eveleth, MN, and Greg Simoneau of Mistatim, Sask. Coach Al Rice said this means he must pick up a couple of defensemen to fill in, but he is looking forward to next year with underclassmen who performed so outstandingly throughout this season.
Samson ends career in college hockey
Hockey captain Gary Samson, a burly defenseman from Hibbing, MN, was selected as a First Team All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the second straight year.
The red-headed Samson has been named to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) hockey squad for each of his four seasons at Concordia.
Samson graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in business administration,
hospital administration and physical education.