1975-76 Concordia Wrestling

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Concordia wrestlers rely heavily on their rookies. "We have an outstanding group of freshmen both in numbers and quality," Coach Vemon "Finn" Grinaker said.

The team grappled to a second-place finish in the MIAC, with a 7-7 dual-meet record. They finished third last year. Grinaker said the turning point in season was a January dual-meet win over nationally ranked University of Nebraska, Omaha.

"This gave the team the confidence it needed," Finn explained. They went on to win the Bethel tournament.

Barry Bennett, a sophomore from St. Paul, MN, was conference heavyweight champion. Kevin Lindberg, freshman, Fertile, MN, and  V.Dave Smith, junior, Winona, MN, were conference champions in their respective weight classes   167 lbs. and 158 lbs.

Three runners-up were Jeff Poliak, a sophomore from Albert Lea, MN, in the 142-lb. division; Gregg Morlock, freshman, Moorhead, in the 177-lb. division, and Dennis Olsen, a senior from Richfield, MN, 190-lb. division.

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Wrestling Roster

Kevin Lindberg 161 Freshman Fertile, MN
Randy Hansen 177 Sophomore Brainerd, MN
Derek Johnson 190 Sophomore Whitefish, MT
Greg Ward 126 Junior Perk Rapids, MN
Vic Galfano 126 Freshman Arlington Heights, IL
Jeff Mann 134 Freshman Moorhead,MN
Jerry Thompson 134 Freshman Lltchfleld. MN
Jeff Poijak 142 Sophomore Albert Lea, MN
Mark Hagen 150 Freshman Britton, SD
Dan Dierks 150 Junior Choklo, MN
Bruce Anderson iso Freshman Mound, MN
Dave Smith 158 Junior Winona, MN
Steven Simonson 187 Junior Arusha, Tanzania
Tom Sorbo 161 Senior Mound. MN
Jon Rasmussen 161 Senior Bagley, MN
Gerald Howard 177 Sophomore Eden Prairie, MN
John Holler 190 Junior International Fails. MN
Tim Hodel Hwt. Sophomore international Falls, MN
Larry Helmin Hwt. Junior Foley, MN
Chuck Thompson 134 Sophomore Albert Lea, MN
Steve Egland 150 Freshman AlbertLea,MN
Gregg Mortock 177 Freshman Moorhead, MN
Mstt Valan 158 Junior Moorhead, MN
Barry Bennett Hwt Sophomore North St. Paul. MN
Paul Swenson 158 Junior Fergus Falls, MN
Steve Johnson 142 Junior Lisbon. ND
Tom Sahi 134 Junior Kenyon, MN
Mark Jensen 142 Freshman Brainerd, MN
Richard Disamore Hwt. Freshman Menahga, MN
John Erpestad 126 Sophomore Heron Lake, MN

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Cobber Wrestling Schedule

Date Time  Opponent Place -
Dec.2 1:00 St. John's/St. Olaf St. John's
Dec.6 9a.m. St. Cloud Invitational There
Dec.11 7:30 Valley City There
Jan.10 1:00 University of N. Oak. Home
Jan.14 7:30 N. Oak. State University There
Jan.17 9a.m. Bethel Tournament Bethel, St. Paul
Jan.21 7:30 Moorhead State There
Jan.24 1:00 Gustavus/Hamline Gustavus
Jan.26 7:30 Bemidji Home
Jan.31 1:00 Augsburg/St. Mary's Augsburg
Feb.7 8a.m. Luther Tournament Decorah, Iowa
Feb.14 10a.m. U of M Duluth/St. Thomas Home
Feb.21 9a.m. M.l.A.C. St.Thomas
Mar. 11-12-13 Conference Meet
                      N.A.l.A.National EdinboroState
                      Championships Edinboro, Penn.

2nd MIAC, 7-7 dual-meet record

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