| Jan.16, 1998 Concordian
| Cobber Sports |
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Wrestlers : Wrestling team
The Concordia wrestling team has learned to deal with the unexpected this season - lost players due to grades, new members who decided not to join the team after all and temporary injuries - and forced to work around gaps in the line-up.
Although injuries and ineligibility have plagued the wrestling team this season, the remaining team members are showing Concordia and their opponents that although they're small in number, they're big on intensity.
The team competed at the North Country Meet at St. Thomas last Saturday in their first meet since Christmas. Junior Nathan Reiff, in his first meet of the season, took third place in the 177 weight class.
Todd Maki, new to the team this year, is helping to carry the team in spite of the many changes that have taken place. "Todd Maki is improving immensely," said Perry. "As a freshman it takes awhile to develop a level of intensity at the college level." Maki placed 5th in the 126 weight class at the North Country Meet.
Senior Shawn Nicholas, a Cobber stand-out in the past, has improved every year and is making quite a showing again this year. "His level of intensity and desire is tremendous," said Perry. Nicholas placed 4th in the 134 weight class at St. Thomas.
Concordia's wrestlers won four of five matches in the Valley City dual in Valley City on Tuesday. Maki, Nicholas, sophomore Brett Maki and Reiff won the 126, 134, 142 and 167 weight classes, respectively.
Brady Berg, who joined the team just before Christmas, also wrestled in the meet. He's only been a member of the team for a few weeks, but Perry said he's determined to "make himself a real fine wrestler."
According to Brett Maki, the team is doing well for the number of people they have to work with. "We're working really hard," he said. "We should have a good showing, individually, at the tournaments." He added that it's hard to win as a team because it's impossible to cover every weight class with a limited number of wrestlers.
"These guys are in a tough situation," said Perry. "[The losses because of injury and ineligibility] disrupt the whole scheme of things."
The team does not compete this weekend but will travel to St. Mary's next Saturday. "We're letting our guys heal up a little," said Perry.
Swimmers Letnes takes first place at UM invite
Letnes also placed third of 43 in the 100 Breast, and 19th of 55 in the 200 Individual Medley. Concordia took ninth place overall in the 13-team meet. The University of Minnesota took a big win with 1,099.5 points. Wheaton tallied 323 for second place, and South Dakota rounded out the top three with 291 points.
Other swimmers placing in the top half in their event include: senior Lindsey Bailey, 50 Free, 24th of 52; freshman Lacy Wallace, 200 Fly, 14th of 29; Bunger, 100 Free, 30th of 64; Hill, 200 Free, 19th of 48; freshman Anna Berg, 200 Free, 24th of 48. Today and Saturday the Cobbers compete at the St. Ben's invitational, held at St. John's.
Hockey St. Mary's sweeps Concordia
The Cobber hockey team dropped two games to St. Mary's last weekend in MIAC play. St. Mary's beat Concordia 2-1 Friday night and 3-2 Saturday night.
After a scoreless first period in Friday's game, junior Justin Reinholz scored the opening goal two minutes into the second period. St. Mary's answered three minutes before the end of the period, then scored the game-winning goal during a power play in the third period. Freshman Bryan Howard had 24 goalie saves for the Cobbers, and Fred Hennen of St. Mary's kept 38 of Concordia's shots on goal out of the net.
Freshman Mike Gast scored two for Concordia on Saturday night, both assisted by senior Greg Salvevold and both during power plays. Senior Josh Arnold and sophomore Rob Gramer also assisted with the goals. St. Mary's scored their first goal 43 seconds into the game. Gasts goals put the Cobbers ahead 2-1 by the middle of the third period, but they couldn't answer to St. Mary's goals in the last seven minutes of play. Howard had 24 saves for the Cobbers Saturday night.
Concordia's record is now 4-8 overall, 3-5 in the MIAC. This weekend
the Cobbers travel to Hamline for more MIAC competition.
Men's Basketball Men suffer
two more losses
The men's basketball team has a 1-7 conference record. This record doesn't necessarily reflect the team's season very accurately, but it does seem to reflect the players performances against St. Thomas on Monday and against St. Olaf the previous Wednesday. "Our goal [at the beginning of the season] was to improve every game and let the chips fall where they may," said head coach Duane Siverson. "But right now were not all on the same page."
Concordia suffered its tenth loss overall when the team traveled to Hamline Wednesday. The Pipers won 74-64. In MIAC action earlier this week, St. Thomas defeated Concordia 85-69.
According to Siverson, the Cobbers just weren't focused as they battled the Tommies. "Our last two losses [St. Thomas and St. Olaf] were due to a series of little things each player hasn't done very well," Siverson said prior to Wednesday's game. "They're breaking our rules."
The rules were set at the beginning of the season. At the time, Siverson had a young, inexperienced team to work with, and the players expected challenges all season long. "We have to work really hard, play hard for 40 minutes, and execute for a chance at the win," he said. "The players have accepted the fact that they're going to have to play their tails off every game."
"And that has been good," he added, "until the last two games."
Earlier in the season, Concordia still came up short when the final buzzer blared, but the team worked together and had a more unified effort. But now leading scorers vary from game to game, and inconsistency hinders the team. Everybody on the team has the ability to be the leading scorer, according to Siverson, but a lack of consistency leaves the players out on the court asking, "Who's going to do it?"
"We need more urgency of purpose, offensively and defensively," said Siverson. He pointed out that the team has experienced "little breakdowns"- sometimes by one person, sometimes by two or more - making it easy for other teams to take advantage of them.
"We're close," said Siverson. The team plays three more games in the first round of MIAC play. "The problem is fixable, once [the players] realize that everybody, not just one person, has to take responsibility for not being on the same page. Not everyone is doing their job on every possession."
According to Siverson, the team is playing
well defensively, and the Concordia defense probably works harder than
anyone. But their biggest hurdle - not being able to score - must be overcome
before they can snatch more MIAC wins. "There's no question," he said.
"That's our Achilles' heel."
Concordia pounded Hamline 89-49 Wednesday in a road win, bumping the Cobbers to an 8-4 overall record, 6-3 in the MIAC. Concordia led 42-32 at halftime after shooting 60 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free-throw line. The Cobbers allowed Hamline only 17 points in the second half, while scoring 47 of their own, and held the Pipers to 15 percent shooting from the field.
Freshman Brandi Myers led Concordia with 15 points. Freshman Sara Spears and senior Leah Sonstelie each tallied 12 points, and freshman Rebecca Karli added 10. Karli headed rebounding with a total of seven. Concordia suffered their fourth loss of the season Monday night when they hosted St. Thomas in MIAC action. Sonstelie scored 20 points, shooting 66 percent from the field.
The Cobbers had a six-point deficit at the half, and the Tommies outscored
them by 11 points in the second half. St. Thomas was undefeated, 11-0,
after Monday's game. The Cobbers host Augsburg Saturday at 1 p.m.
in the fieldhouse.