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Three wrestlers compete nationally
Three members of the Concordia wrestling team qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national tournament at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill March 1-2.
The wrestlers qualified for the tournament by capturing Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles at the conference tournament held at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minn., on Feb.14.
In NCAA competition, Jeffrey Neil, a senior majoring in business administration and communications from Crookston, Minn., was upset in the first round 5-3 in the 142-pound division. Completing his fourth year of wrestling at Concordia Neil captured his third MIAC tit and for the second time was named the MIAC's outstanding wrestler. He finished with a 31-6 win-loss season record and an 88-29 career record.
Paul Morlock, a junior majoring in business administration from Moorhead, started the tournament by pinning the fifth seed in the 190-pound division in 2:45, but lost his next two matches. The tournament left him with a 21-12 season record.
Paul Donner, a junior majoring in math and bus administration from Clark field, Minn., was eliminated in the first round 14-6, giv mg him a season record of 23-7.
As a team, the Cobbers completed one of their most successful dual-meet seasons by finishing with a win-loss tie record of 11-4-1 and third in the MIAC, two points behind second place St. John's, Collegeville, Minn.
Grinaker retires as wrestling coach
After 30 years as head coach of the Cobber wrestling team, Vernon " Grinaker '48, announced his retirement following the completion of the 1984-85 season. Ron Nellermoe, a former Cobber wrestler and Grinaker's assistant for the past three seasons will assume the position.
"The thing I'll miss the most is the wrestlers,'' Grinaker said. "The kids have been a great bunch to work with, and all of them are special to me."
Grinaker, who will continue as assistant football coach and teacher, started the wrestling program in 1955 when a group of students expressed their interest in the sport. During his 30 years, the Cobbers have produced 18 all-Americans, a three-time national champion Barry Bennett, 1976-78), four national runners-up, 49 conference champions and 12 most-outstanding MIAC tournament wrestlers.
The Cobbers also produced a dual meet won-lost-tied record of 190-157-7 and finished third or better in the MIAC 23 times.
Born in Fargo, N.D., and raised in Hawley and Halstad, Minn., Grinaker started coaching at Concordia in 1949. He later earned a master of arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and a master of science degree at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Nellermoe '62, associate professor of biology and chairperson of the
Science Teacher Preparation Program, earned his master of science degree
and his doctorate at the University of North Dakota.
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