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Upper weights help wrestlers
Three seniors dominated the top weights to pull the Concordia wrestling team to a fourth-place finish in the MIAC tournament and an overall dual meet record of 8-8.
The team began the season well, placing third in both the 10 team North Country Tournament held at Concordia and in the All-Lutheran Tournament held at Luther College in Decorab, Iowa. The Cobbers placed fifth out of 18 teams at the St. Cloud 8tate University Tournament.
Former Cobber wrestler and first-year coach Ron Nellermoe said, "We worked very well as a tournament team, but we were not as competitive in the dual meets. Of the dual meets we lost, most of them were by just one match. We were very strong in our upper weights."
Nellermoe was an assistant coach to Vernon "Finn'' Grinaker for three years before assuming the head coaching position.
Concordia hosted the MIAC tournament Feb.15, placing fourth, but only 6.75 points away from first.
Sophomore Brett Larson of Elbow Lake, Minn., and seniors Paul Morlock of Moorhead and Thomas Raedeke of Worthington, Minn., qualified for th national tournament held at Trenton N.J. State College. Paul Donner a senior from Moorhead, joined the threesome by drawing a wild card. Each of the grapplers won at least one match and advanced to the quarterfinals where they lost, ending just one step from all-American honors.
Raedeke, however, received academic all-American honors, which are awarded
to 20 men for excellence in the classroom and in wrestling.
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