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Three wrestlers in national competition
Three members of the Concordia wrestling team competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national tournament at Binghamton (N.Y.) State on Feb.24 and 25.
Jeff Neil, a junior co-captain majoring in communications and business administration from Crookston, Minn., advanced to second round action in the tournament. Neil, a two-time champion in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the 142-pound division, was defeated in a match he had led by the tournament's eventual third place winner at 142.
Scott Putz, a sophomore majoring in biology from Rockford, Minn., and
Thomas Raedeke, a sophomore from Worthington, both dropped their opening
round matches. Putz and Raedeke advanced to the wrestle back competition
where Putz dominated his opponent 10-2; Raedeke had to withdraw because
of illness. As a team, the Cobbers had a 6-7 record for a fourth place
finish in the MIAC. Coach Vernon Grinaker commented that the team was hurt
by injuries to key team members, particularly Wade Christensen, a co-captain
from Frazee, Minn., at 158 pounds; Ryan Haaland, a junior from Clarkfield,
Minn., at 167 pounds; and Steve Emerson, a sophomore from Moorhead, at
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