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"Concordia Men's Sports - The First One Hundred Years"
by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 9-- The 80's

| 1980-1981 | 1981-1982 | 1982-1983 | 1983-1984 | 1984-1985 | 1985-1986 | 1986-1987 | 1987-1988 | 1988-1989 | 1989-1990 |

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1982-1983 | Football | Cross Country | Golf | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Track | Tennis | Top |

1982 Football

Losses by the 1982 Cobber football team in its final games against St. Johnís and Gustavus kept them from earning a fifth -straight MIAC title and a playoff bid.  The Cobbers finished the season in a three-way tie for second place with a 6 - 2 conference record and a 7 - 3 record overall.  The team averaged over 400 yards per game.  Seven team members were named to the all-MIAC team, Kevin Arndt, Joe Gotta, Doug McMillan, Dan Olson, David Roen, Mark Tommerdahl, and Reid Christopherson.

A season highlight for Jim Christopherson, who just completed his 14th year as head coach, was his 100th win, the homecoming victory over Mankato State University.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia  9  Moorhead State 30
Concordia  23  Augsburg  0
Concordia  39  St. Olaf  11
Concordia  36  Macalester  0
Concordia  27  Mankato State 0
Concordia  28  Bethel   0
Concordia  2  Hamline  0
Concordia  42  St. Thomas  29
Concordia  10  St. Johnís  14
Concordia  23  Gustavus  26

Conference standings were:
St. Johnís  8 - 0
St. Thomas  6 - 2
Gustavus  6 - 2
Concordia  6 - 2
Hamline  5 - 3
Augsburg  2 - 6
Bethel   2 - 6
Macalester  1 - 7
St. Olaf  1 - 7

The 1982 roster included Shawn Anderson, Neil Fuller, Reid Christopherson, Craig Sawyer, Stuart Stangeland, Ron Rasmus, Alan Klingbeil, Howard Berglund, Jeffrey Rodin, Lance Stover, Jon Hegre, Jeff Myaer, Brad Rasmus, Dave Vandersteen, Dan Olson, John Pratt, Paul Riihiluoma, Wayne Hansmann, Bob Michaelson, Kent Kuball, Scott Sheldon, Steve Ringdahl, Matt Appleby, Jim Lee, Mark Davies, Nelson Rotto, Rod McKeag, Marshall Boline, Joe Savageau, Kevin Arndt, Mark Redemske, John Solheim, Ryan Haaland, Mark Larson, Paul Samuelson, Dan Hertel, Dave Borchard, Scott Knutson, Rich Michaelson, Mark Anderson, Davin Heyd, Steve Emerson, Robert Bye, Charles Nelson, James Desai, Allan Haugo, Roger Lindahl, Todd Ruppert, Jim Cleveland, Tim Scott, Ron Baglien, Scott Schultz, John Teeling, Jon Gadberry, Gary Gilbert, Mark Tommerdahl, Doug McMillan, Steve Thompson, Donnie Klatt, Bruce Winter, Kris Lahren, Lee Crum, Stuart Alger, Harry Teaster, Tony Paul, Craig Simmons, Eric Ness, Tom Shepley, Howard Heisler, Mitch Hofstedt, Dave Roen, Peter Seljevold, Dave Anderson, Joe Gotta, Brad Peterson, Brian Leines, Jeff Olson, Craig Brandeen, Mike Hoganson, Roe Hasse, Mark Nelson, Mark Spangrud, and Mark Thornton.

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1982 Cross Country

The 1982 cross-country team, under Coach Paul Frederickson, tied for fifth place at the MIAC meet with nine schools and achieved an eighth-place finish out of 19 at the NCAA Division III regional meet.  Sophomore Hans Henrik Pedersen from Norway was the menís top performer in the conference and regional meets, placing 19th and 26th respectively.

Cross-country team members included Mike Pederson, Chris Miller, Dave Link, Dave Johnson, Peter Fagerland, Hans Henrik Peterson, Blair McNea, and Clay Loeffler.

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1982-83 Golf

John Eidsnessí 1982 golf team had hoped to repeat as the MIAC conference champions, but it was not to be as three of its top five players had graduated.  The Cobbers took fourth place in the conference meet with Gary Martinson earning all-MIAC status by finishing in second place.  Freshman Paul Stageberg shot a hole in one at the St. Johnís Invitational at the Owatonna Country Club.

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1982-83 Basketball

The 1982 - 1983 Cobber basketball team won its second straight MIAC crown in 52 years.  Concordia chalked up a 14 - 4 conference record and ended 17 - 8 overall in regular season play.  The Cobbers earned a berth in the NAIA District 13 playoffs, winning their first game against Southwest State University, Marshall, Minnesota,  and losing to St. Johnís  University in the final game.

Garrett Byrne and Ricky Simpson were named to the all-conference team.  John Eidsness was named MIAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.  On the roster were John Reiwer, Bob Nelson, Robert Booker, Craig Wolhowe, Mich Moser, Brad Willis, Ricky Simpson, Dale Moe, Kurt Larson, Soren Haugen, Garrett Byrne, Kerry Nelson, and Jon Eide.  Bill Quenette and Duane Siverson were the assistant coaches.

Results for the season were:
Concordia  68  Bethel   59
Concordia  61  Macalester  59
Concordia  64  Gustavus  59
Concordia  78  St. Olaf  65
Concordia  75  St. Johnís  63
Concordia  87  St. Thomas  84
Concordia  70  Augsburg  59
Concordia  69  St. Maryís  68
Concordia  54  Hamline  56
Concordia  68  Bethel   63
Concordia  71  Mayville State  86
Concordia  62  Valley City State 68
Concordia  82  Moorhead State 68
Concordia  79  Bemidji State  98
Concordia  56  Moorhead State 55
Concordia  50  Macalester  42
Concordia  84  Gustavus  72
Concordia  90  St. Olaf  75
 Concordia  53  St. Johnís  56
Concordia  78  St. Thomas  71
Concordia  70  St. Maryís  67
Concordia  55  Augsburg  59
Concordia  45  Hamline  52
Concordia  72  St. Scholastica 56
Concordia  64  Duluth   65
Concordia  100  SW State  88
Concordia  70  St. Johnís  84

Standings in the conference at the end of the season were:
Concordia  14 - 4
Augsburg  12 - 6
Bethel   12 - 6
St. Johnís  12 - 6
St. Thomas  10 - 8
Macalester  8 - 10
Gustavus  7 - 11
Hamline  7 - 11
St. Maryís  5 - 13
St. Olaf  3 - 15

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1982-83 Hockey

The 1982-1983 Cobber hockey team, coached by Al Rice, was in a building year with only one senior on the squad.  They finished the season with an overall 9 - 18 record, and 6 - 10 in the conference.  Andy Odegaard, David Swanberg, and Lonnie Vatnsdal were the bright spots on the team accounting for 57 goals and 52 assists among them.

On the roster were Steve Little, Jim Pelowski, Jon Rutar, Tony Klangher, Mel Bailey, Andy Odegaard, Steve Nornes, Shawn Anderson, John Stensgard, Mark Parker, Lonnie Vatnsdal, Craig Shaw, Tom Strinden, Mike Pitsenberger, Lyndell Vatnsdal, John Latterell, Sam Bakken, Scott Engum, Dave Noah, Dave Swanberg, Mike Berg, Chip Ammerman, David Larson, Jeff Bergom, Todd Johnson, Gary Bergos, Reid Christopherson, Eric Dahlgren, Andy Mack, Brent Pietsch, Gary Tolkinen, and Mark Vatnsdal.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia  1  Bemidji State  4
Concordia  6  Gustavus  8
Concordia  5  Augsburg  7
Concordia  6  St. Johnís  5
Concordia  4  St. Cloud State 2
Concordia  3  St. Scholastica 4
Concordia  6  St. Scholastica 2
Concordia  2  Bemidji State  9
 Concordia  5  U of Manitoba 7
Concordia  3  U of Manitoba 8
Concordia  3  Bethel   7 Forfeited
Concordia  4  Bethel   9 Forfeited
Concordia  5  St. Olaf  6
Concordia  4  St. Olaf  5
Concordia  7  St. Maryís  9
Concordia  12  St. Maryís  8
Concordia  3  St. Cloud State 5
Concordia  3  Hamline  4
Concordia  5  Hamline  4
Concordia  9  St. Johnís  3
Concordia  1  St. Thomas  9
Concordia  3  St. Thomas  7
Concordia  3  Augsburg  11
Concordia  1  Augsburg  9
Concordia  11  St. Johnís  7
Concordia  4  Gustavus  5
Concordia  7  Gustavus  8

Conference standings were:
St. Thomas  14 - 2 - 0
Augsburg  13 - 3 - 0
Gustavus  12 - 4 - 0
St. Olaf  10 - 5 - 1
Concordia  6 - 10 - 0
St. Maryís  5 - 10 - 1
St. Johnís  4 - 12 - 0
Hamline  4 - 12 - 0
Bethel   3 - 24 - 0

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1982-83 Wrestling

The 1982 - 1983 wrestling team had a successful season under Coach Finn Grinaker, with senior Malcolm ďMollyĒ McLeod leading the way.  Molly was selected for all-America honors by both the NCAA Division III and the NAIA.  The honors were given in recognition of his second- and fifth-place finishes in their respective national tournaments.  This year marks the fourth year he has received the NCAA award and the first time he has earned the NAIA honor.

The ten wrestlers on the Concordia team combined efforts to take second place in the MIAC meet behind Augsburg College.  Jeff Neil earned a share of the Carl Larson Memorial Trophy, an award given to outstanding wrestlers in the conference meet.  As a team, the Cobbers tallied an 8 - 6 dual meet record for the season.

Concordia took 15th place in a field of 78 squads participating in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Tournament.  Molly McLeod and Wade Christensen both won in their weight classes and Paul Morlock took second at 190 lbs.  McLeod went on to finish second in the national tournament.
Wrestlers on the squad were: Brad Bateman, Jim Cleveland, Wade Christensen, Pat Emerson, Steve Emerson, Mark Gadberry, Bob Hasse, Fred Knutsvig, Wayne Lunke, Neal Mobraten, Murdick McLeod, Molly McLeod, Paul Morlock, Greg Nellermoe, Jeff Neil, Scott Putz, Jim Ridge, Harry Teaster, and Mike Werner.

Results for the season were:
St. Cloud State Tournament: 8th place out of 16 teams
North Country Invitational: 3rd place out of 10 teams (Molly McLeod 1st)
All-Lutheran Tournament: 4th place out of 7 teams (Paul Morlock 1st)
MIAC Conference Meet: 2nd place out of 8 teams (Jeff Neil, Paul Morlock, Molly
McLeod, 1st)
Concordia  18  Valley City State 28
Concordia  0  NDSU   55
Concordia  35  Gustavus  24
Concordia  21  St. Johnís  22
Concordia  27  Moorhead State 25
Concordia  32  Bemidji State  33
Concordia  8  Augsburg  40
Concordia  48  Hamline  10
Concordia  6  UND   37
Concordia  18  St. Thomas  26
Concordia  27  Westmor  21
Concordia  51  St. Olaf  6
Concordia  40  Carleton  14
Concordia  25  Bethel   20

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1983 Baseball

Coach Bucky Burgauís 1983 baseball team had a good year finishing third in the MIAC with a 12 - 6 record and an overall record of 20 - 14.  The team extended their season an extra three games when they were invited to participate in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Tournament at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  There the Cobbers lost twice in three games during the double elimination playoff.  Pitcher Stephen Anderson and Mark Nelson were named the team MVPís.  Nelson, Anderson, and Brent Helmeke were named to the all-conference baseball team.

The scores for the season were:
Concordia  3  Benedictine  7
Concordia  2  Emporia  16
Concordia  4  Emporia  6
Concordia  16  Valley City State 1
Concordia  2  NDSU   7
Concordia  5  Minot State  1
 Concordia  0  Minot State  5
Concordia  12  NDSU   6
Concordia  7  Mayville State  2
Concordia  13  Hamline  4
Concordia  7  Hamline  1
Concordia  4  Mayville State  7
Concordia  7  Mayville State  3
Concordia  4  Bethel   0
Concordia  12  Bethel   4
Concordia  5  St. Johnís  4
Concordia  4  St. Johnís  0
Concordia  3  Augsburg  7
Concordia  3  Augsburg  2
Concordia  3  St. Thomas  6
Concordia  2  St. Thomas  5
Concordia  8  St. Olaf  7
Concordia  11  St. Olaf  10
Concordia  10  NDSU   5
Concordia  6  Moorhead State 5
Concordia  4  Gustavus  5
Concordia  1  Gustavus  0
Concordia  12  Macalester  1
Concordia  11  Macalester  0
Concordia  7  St. Maryís  8
Concordia  1  St. Maryís  4
Concordia  3  Otterbein  8
Concordia  13  Washington U. 7
Concordia  4  UW - Oshkosh 5

On the baseball roster were Steve Anderson, Dave Anderson, Jon Ahrndt, Doug Fick, Brent Helmeke, Greg Schmid, Dan Schroeder, Will Stearns, Guy Gilbert, Howard Berglund, Dan Hertel, John Kost, Craig Simmons, Mark Nelson, Craig Smith, Tim Anderson, Ray Brekke, Kent Kuball, Craig Sawyer, Dan Solbrack, Keith Farnick, John Stearns, Tim Flom, Doug Kovash, Kevin Hansen, Paul Hanson, and Eric Jacobson.

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1983 Track

In 1983 John Osland took over the reins as coach of the track team.  Two athletes, Howard Berglund and David ďBuzzĒ Dahl, competed in the NCAA Divison III track meet.  Berglund placed seventh in the javelin with a throw of 198'2", after winning the javelin at the conference meet.  Dahl placed 15th in the pole vault in the nationals and set a new record at the conference meet with a vault of 14'11".  The team finished in sixth place in the conference meet.

 On the team were Paul Yetter, Jay Myers, Jeff Block, Ron Baglien, Andy Mack, Todd Finlayson, Kevin Benson, Brad Bateman, Jim Bellefeuille, Dave Swanberg, Doug Haugen, Greg Enerson, Henrik Pedersen, Clay Loeffler, John Landgaard, Mark Larson, Matt Harris, Godwin Segbefia, Pete Seljevold, Dan Hauer, Gil Irey, Ron Rasmus, Nate Lund, and Phil Elkin.

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1983 Tennis

Highlights for the 1983 tennis team were wins over NDSU (twice), U of M-Morris, and MSU.  The Cobbers were 14 - 6 for the season and placed fifth in tournament action at the conference championship.  Finishing the year with the best record on the team was David Eidsmoe, who was 15 - 3.
Playing for Concordia were Wayne Rice, Andy Odegaard, David Eidsmoe, Vic Youngs, Scott Engum, Paul Lysne, Steve Storm, Tom Johnsrud, Al Klingbeil, Jim Baker, Cory Lell, and John Paulson.

Match results were:
Concordia  8  Augustana  1
Concordia  9  Hamline  0
Concordia  9  NDSU   0
Concordia  6  SDSU   3
Concordia  9  Valley City State 0
Concordia  4  Northern  5
Concordia  8  Moorhead State 1
Concordia  4  St. Thomas  5
Concordia  8  Moorhead State  1
Concordia  1  St. Johnís  8
Concordia  2  Gustavus  7
Concordia  1  St. Olaf  8
Concordia  6  St. Maryís  3
Concordia  8  Macalester  1
Concordia  9  Bethel   0
Concordia  7  NDSU   2
Concordia  4  Northern  5
Concordia  8  Minot State  1
Concordia  9  Valley City State 0
Concordia  7  UM - Morris  2
 

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