Concordia Wrestling Meet Results
|Site Date Meet Time|
|A 1/14 Northern State Dual 7:00pm|
| Meet Story |
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Upset NCAA Division II Northern State 27-18.
(Moorhead, Minn.)-- Concordia won the first two matches of their dual meet against NCAA Division II opponent Northern State and never looked back, winning 27-18. The Cobbers earned victories in five of the nine weight classes that were contested. Concordia also came away with two forfeit victories.
Lee Rahrlien (So., Graceville, Minn./C-G-B HS), slowly emerging as Concordia's top wrestler, opened the meet by beating Spencer Dockery 6-1 in the 157-pound weight class. Rahrlien is now 11-4 on the season, and is a perfect 5-0 since returning from the Christmas break. David Ahmed (Fr., Conrad, Mont./Conrad HS) gave the Cobbers a second straight three-point win to start the match when he scratched out a 4-3 decision over Lance Stuwe. The two wins staked Concordia to a 6-0 lead to start the meet. It also helped get the boisterous crowd into the meet and allowed Cobbers to seize the early momentum.
Concordia's lead was shortlived as the Wolves' Andy Sinclair pinned Mitch Gabrielson (Fr., Fergus Falls, Minn./Fergus Falls HS) in the 174-pound match. The Cobbers reclaimed the six-point margin when Lucas Reuss (Fr., Benson, Minn./Benson HS) was awarded the win by forfeit at 184. Northern State countered by winning the next match. Ed Oehlers (Jr., North Branch, Minn/North Branch HS), one of Concordia's most consistent wrestlers since December, lost a hard-fought 9-5 decision to Cory Wellnitz.
Dain Kalkbrenner (Fr., Atwater, Minn./A-C-G HS) turned in a pivotal performance when he was able to pin Northern State heavyweight John Whalen at the 2:22 mark. Kalkbrenner's pin gave the Cobbers an 18-9 lead with only three contested weight classes left in the meet.
In the 125-pound weight class Northern State's Chas Welch pinned Kevin McBride (Fr., Eagan, Minn./Eastview HS) at the 7:00 mark to cut the Cobber lead to 18-15. Concordia's Wes Graff (Fr., Mankato, Minn.) then outlasted Charles Schimmel 11-4 at 133 to push the lead back to six at 21-15. In the final match of the night, Brian Englund narrowly beat the Cobbers' Cameron Avelsgard (Fr., Madison, Minn./Lac qui Parle Valley HS) 5-3. Concordia's Eric Splichal (Fr., Garrison, N.Dak./Garrison HS) was awarded a forfeit victory at 149 to give Concordia the nine-point victory.
The Cobbers are now 2-1 in dual meets,
while the Wolves fall to 3-2 on the season. Concordia will compete in the
MIAC Dual Tournament on Saturday, January 24 at 10:00am at St. Olaf. Concordia's
final dual meet of the season will be at home on February 4 at 7:00pm when
they host Jamestown College.
Northern State - 18 vs. Concordia
College - 27
157-- Lee Rahrlien (CC) dec. Spencer Dockery (NS) 6-1; 3-0
165-- David Ahmed (CC) dec. Lance Stuwe (NS) 4-3; 6-0
174-- Andy Sinclair (NS) pinned Mitch Gabrielson (CC) 3:30; 6-6
184-- Luke Reuss (CC) wins by forfeit; 12-6
197-- Cory Wellnitz (NS) dec. Ed Oehlers (CC) 9-5; 12-9
HWT-- Dain Kalkbrenner (CC) pinned John Whalen 2:22; 18-9
125-- Chas Welch (NS) pinned Kevin McBride (CC) 7:00; 18-15
133-- Wes Graff (CC) dec. Charles Schimmel (NS) 11-4; 21-15
141-- Brian Englund (NS) dec. Cameron Avelsgard (CC) 5-3; 21-18
149-- Eric Splichal (CC) wins by forfeit; 27-18
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