|Concordia had four freshmen finish in the top 3 in their weight class at the Dargon Open and had two overall champions.|
Freshmen Shine At Dragon Open!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: December 5, 2009
The Cobber upperclassmen had three top 5 finishers and were once again led by junior Phil Moenkedick who went 3-0 at 184 and won his third straight Dragon Open championship. The No.1-ranked DIII wrestler in the nation has now won 54 straight non-NCAA regional or national tournament matches. The last time Moenkedick lost in a non-NCAA postseason match was on Jan. 12, 2008 in his freshman season. Moenkedick won by major decision to start the meet and then posted a pair of decisions to claim the title. He beat Kaleb Young of the University of Minnesota 8-7 in the title match. It is the second time this season that Moenkedick has beaten Young.
The other top 5 finishers for the upperclassmen were Lane Lunde and Mike Holman. Lunde went 4-1 at 165 with his only loss coming to NCAA Division I opponent Tyler Johnson of NDSU. Lunde lost a close 6-3 decision to Johnson in the semifinals and Johnson went on to win the weight class and claim his third championship of the season.
Josh Kelly, Kevin Fynboh, Matt Jeska, Schmitz and Tom Bouressa all finished in the top three of their weight class. Kelly and Bouressa came away with runner-up finishes while Schmitz was the lone freshman champion. Kelly went 3-1 at 125 and had a recorded a pair of major decisions and a pin fall. Bouressa won his first two matches by a major decision and a pin fall before falling in the title match at 285. Fynboh and Jeska both came away with third-place finishes. Fynboh was 4-1 at 157 and won his first two matches by a major decision while Jeska went 4-1 at 174 and came away with a pin fall in the third-place match.
The Cobbers will compete in the St. Cloud State Husky Open on Saturday, Dec. 5 before heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to participate in the Vegas Duals on Dec. 20.
Red Bracket - Upperclassmen
125 - Ben Presler - 0-2
133 - Mike Holman - 3-2 (4th Place)
133 - Hieu Pham - 1-2
141 - Joe Leacox - 1-2
157 - Joe Meinert - 0-2
165 - Lane Lunde - 4-1 (3rd Place)
174 - Ross Dankers - 2-2
184 - Phil Moenkedick 3-0 (1st Place)
197 - Tanner Jorud 0-2
White Bracket - Freshmen
125 - Adam Sommers - 1-3
133 - David Baker - 0-2
157 - Kevin Fynboh - 4-1 (3rd Place)
157 - Jordan Ringquist - 0-2
157 - Josten Coleman - 1-2
174 - Matt Jeska - 4-1 (3rd Place)
197 - Nate Schmitz - 4-0 (1st Place)
285 - Tom Bouressa - 2-1 (2nd Place)