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"Concordia Men's Sports - The First One Hundred Years"Next Section
by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 7-- The Restless Sixties

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |
The 1964 football team had a most memorable year.  With a record of 10 - 0 - 1 overall and 7 - 0 in the MIAC, they placed first in the conference and were co-champions of the NAIA.  Coach Jake Christiansen was named both NAIA and MIAC Coach of the Year.  Captains of the team were John Nellermoe and Raleigh Lillemoe.  Named to the All-Conference team were Bob Nick, Paul Brynteson and Bob Braun.
 
Paul Brynteson '65 Football

Scores were:
Concordia  28   Parsons College 14
Concordia  49   MSC   0
Concordia  14   Gustavus  6
Concordia  24   UMD   6
Concordia  30   Hamline  0
Concordia  45   Macalester  8
Concordia  9   St. Thomas  0
Concordia  20   St. Johnís  0
Concordia  39   Augsburg  18
Concordia  28   Linfield, Oregon 6
Concordia  7   Sam Houston - Texas 7

Conference standings were:
Concordia   7 - 0 - 0
Augsburg   5 - 2 - 0
Gustavus   4 - 3 - 0
St. Johnís   4 - 3 - 0
St. Thomas  3 - 4 - 0
Hamline   2 - 5 - 0
UMD    2 - 5 - 0
Macalester  0 - 7 - 0
 

 By winning the conference championship the Cobbers were picked for the NAIA national championship playoffs.  To choose the teams for the championship series, the NAIA had its own rating board made up of 15 coaches.  Weekly throughout the schedule, the board rated the member teams.  The top 20 teams at the end of the season were pared down to four teams for the semi-final playoff.

In the semi-final game, Concordiaís defense and a crushing running game was too much for Linfield and the Cobbers earned a trip to the Championship Bowl in Augusta, Georgia with a 28 - 6 victory.

In the championship game, Concordia rallied to tie Sam Houston State of Texas 7 - 7 in the final period, then with 9 seconds to go, missed a field goal to end the game in a tie.  Despite the tie in the championship game, Concordia was ranked No. 1 in the final NAIA ratings.

The team roster included Gary Williams, Morrie Lanning, Ed Langsdorf, Jerry Knutson, Tom Wee, Dean Kekok, Doug Perry, Bruce Carlson, Bob Davis, Bob Nielsen, Stu Bartholomaus, Russ Larson, John Malvey, Garry Gilbertson, Merle Hall, Ron Stow, Brad Martinson, Don Gerhardt, Paul Brynteson, Doug Eckheart, Ron Hausauer, Paul Hoseth, Rod Olson, Lowell Gorseth, John Sletten, John Hovey, Bob Braun, Pete Mauritsen, Wayne Orn, Bill Donley, Bob Nick, Raleigh Lillemoe, John Nellermoe, Bob Wendel, Paul Sannes, Larry Larson, Dave Heide, Art Hansen, William Johnson, Jim Satter and Mike Wolf.

Team Picture |

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |
The 1964-1965 basketball team, under Coach Sonny Gulsvig, finished seventh in the conference with a record of 6 - 10 and an overall record of 10 - 14.  Bob Nick was captain of the team which included Keith Emerson, Donald Knutson, Ken Holmes, Dale Carlson, Jim Lindberg, Jim Peterson, Lyndon Sonju, Paul Sannes, Tom Dalen, Bob Brandjord, Bob Laney, Keith Larsen, Chuck Larsen and Myrom Hanson.

Season scores were:
Concordia  82   MSC   92
Concordia  66   NDSU   72
Concordia  79   Duluth   76
Concordia  77   SDU   70
Concordia  75   MSC   82
Concordia  92   Mayville  68
Concordia  80   NDSU   77
Concordia  80   UND   65
Concordia  70   St. Maryís  81
Concordia  65   Macalester  62
 Concordia  66   Gustavus  56
Concordia  72   St. Thomas  88
Concordia  80   St. Johnís  76
Concordia  73   Hamline  62
Concordia  71   NDSU   89
Concordia  53   Augsburg  54
Concordia  40   Duluth   70
Concordia  63   Augsburg  72
Concordia  52   St. Maryís  53
Concordia  66   Macalester  81
Concordia  62   Gustavus  43
Concordia  56   St. Thomas  70
Concordia  53   St. Johnís  60
Concordia  72   Hamline  89

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |

Concordia closed out their 1964 - 1965 hockey season on a winning note by nipping Moorhead State College 9 - 8.  The win gave Student Coach Bruce Unfriedís charges a 4 - 13 mark for the year, with victories over MSC, Hamline and a pair of triumphs over Gustavus.  Further scores for the season were unavailable.  The roster included Carson Hedlund, John Simpson, Gary Klungness, Bob Nelson, Paul Sletten, John Schultz, Glen Baldwin, Bill Donley, George Lundstrom, Jeff Addison, Wayne Orr and Bob Friesen.

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |
Concordiaís defending MIAC champion wrestling team was nosed out of a chance to repeat as title winners when Gustavus edged the Cobbers 81-79 in the conference meet.  Coach Finn Grinakerís 1964 - 1965 squad finished eleventh in the NAIA as a team.  The squad included Leroy Thompson, Alan Snare, Howard Thompson, Doug Dufty, Harlan Leopold, Howard Leopold, Paul Budd, Mike Myhre, Marty Thompson, Jim Bueling, Brian Nockleby, Paul Smaagard, Frank Porten, Tom Yankoff, Curt Peterson, Morris Lanning and Jim Holter.
 
Harlan C. Leopold, Wrestling 1961-1965

Their dual meet record (9 - 2) was:
Concordia  14   Valley City  12
Concordia  7   Moorhead State 23
Concordia  30   St. Johnís  2
Concordia  22   Bemidji State  11
Concordia  25   Morris Branch 7
Concordia  22   NDSU   6
Concordia  28   St. Thomas  3
Concordia  29   Macalester  6
Concordia  8   Gustavus  20
Concordia  28   UND   0
Concordia  27   Augsburg  5

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |

A problem arose for the athletic department in the 1964-1965 school year when the college revamped its academic schedule.  The old schedule had school starting in late September with the first semester ending after Christmas and the second semester ending about June 1.  On the new schedule, the school year started the last week in August and the first semester ended before Christmas.  The second semester began after New Years and ended in early May.  Thatís where the problem arose.  Spring sports in the MIAC ran through May.  The situation was solved by granting additional eligibility to graduating seniors and furnishing room and board to spring sports athletes so they could finish out their seasons.

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |

On the roster for the 1965 golf team, coached by Finn Grinaker, were John Hovland, Roger Anderson, Dennis Wells, Tom Norton, Don Halmrast and Tom Pederson.

The seasonís results were:
NDSU Invitational: 3rd place out of 12 teams
Morris Invitational: 7th place out of 14 teams
Northern State Invitational:   3rd place out of 12 teams
All-City:   Concordia - 394, NDSU - 401, MSU - 443
Conference Meet:   4th place out of 8 teams
Concordia  26 1/2  MSU   3
MIAC Triangulars: Concordia beat Hamline, tied St. Maryís
Concordia lost to Macalester, beat Gustavus
Concordia beat St. Thomas and Augsburg

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |

The 1965 tennis team was coached by Don Krause and included Don Daehlin, David Erickson, Mark Holtan, Byron Sutter, Warren George, John Malvey, John Quello, Jim Falconer and Marshall Smart.  Scores for the season were unavailable.

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |

Jim Christopherson took over the reins of the track team in 1965.  Co-captains were Al Rud and Doug Perry.  Returning lettermen were Keith Larson, Ron Letnes, Norm Anderson, Dean DeKok and Don Davis.

Partial results for the season were:
Concordia 43  Macalester   61
UND Invitational - fourth place

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1964-1965 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Schedule Changes | All Sports |

In the spring of 1965, Charlie Basch was named coach of the Cobber baseball team, which included Rick Heidt, Elwood Isley, Ron Hausauer, Merle Hall, Skeeter Blank, John Nellermoe, Rod Olson, Paul Lian, Keith Emerson, Bill Weisbrod, Dale Carlson, Bob Nick, Paul Sannes, Peter Mauritson, Jim Herhusky, Tim Braaten Brad Martinson and Al Wicken.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia  8  St. Cloud State  2
Concordia  13  South Dakota University 4
Concordia  4  Augsburg   5
Concordia  1  Augsburg   4
Concordia  2  Gustavus   12
Concordia  5  Gustavus   0
Concordia  5  Hamline   4
Concordia  2  Hamline   0
Concordia  4  Macalester   3
Concordia  1  St. Maryís   2
Concordia  1  St. Maryís   3

Chapter 7

1. Joel Watne, Concordian, November 11, 1960.

2. Glen Temanson, Concordian, December 2, 1960.

3. Pete Hastings, Concordian, September 12, 1961.

4. Concordian, October 21, 1966.

5. Concordian, April 5, 1968.

6. Neal Jeppson, Concordian, April 19, 1968.
 
 

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