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"Concordia Men's Sports - The First One Hundred Years"Next Section
by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 6 -- The Fifties - A Time of Change

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Football 1955

The 1955 football team had a 6 - 2 season, finishing second in the MIAC with a 4 - 2 conference record. Jake Christiansen was the coach of the team and captains were Dewey Nelson and Carlton Paulson. Curt Gabrielson and Ron Gilbertson were named to the All-Conference team while linemen Carlton Paulson, Al Tweit, Dewey Nelson and Bill Quenette were named to the second team.

This was a team of excellent backs including Curt Gabrielson, Jim Miller, Arnie Porkkonen and Ron Gilbertson. John Hanson and Harvey Anderson were the quarterbacks.

Scores for the season were:

Concordia 20 NDAC 7
Concordia 34 MSTC 0
Concordia 20 St. Thomas 7
Concordia 13 Macalester 20
Concordia 20 Gustavus 13
Concordia 6 Augsburg 12
Concordia 35 Duluth 6
Concordia 64 Hamline 14

A special edition of the Concordian was published after the Cobbers defeated the Gusties 20 - 13. This was the first win over Gustavus in 21 years.

Conference standings at the close of the season were:

Gustavus 5 - 1
Macalester 4 - 2
St. John's 4 - 2
Concordia 4 - 2
St. Thomas 3 - 3
Augsburg 3 - 3
Duluth 1 - 5
Hamline 0 - 5

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Men's Basketball 1955-1956

Ed "Sonny" Gulsvig, '50, replaced Finn Grinaker as basketball coach. Sonny was a three-sport letterman at Concordia. His previous coaching positions were at Moose Lake and Sauk Center, both in Minnesota.

The 1955-1956 basketball team had an overall record of 4 - 22, 1 - 16 in the MIAC. Lyle Dahl was the captain of the team which included Ray Falls, Dave Opheim, Ron Riedberger, Bill Quenette, Arnold Porkkonen, Bob Billehus, Lyle Dahl, Craig Johnson, Harold Larson, Peter Grottodden, Dennis Bergstad, Art Johnson, Barry Bowles and Fred Nelson.

The scores were:

Concordia 63 Ellendale 87
Concordia 63 Augsburg 76
Concordia 60 Duluth 65
Concordia 55 Jamestown College 64
Concordia 46 St. Mary's 72
Concordia 57 NDAC 67
Concordia 79 Ellendale 59
Concordia 65 Mankato 85
Concordia 69 NDAC 80
Concordia 60 Macalester 72
Concordia 63 Gustavus 79
Concordia 84 MSTC 66
Concordia 62 St. Thomas 73
Concordia 84 St. John's 88
Concordia 61 Hamline 83
Concordia 89 Duluth 103
Concordia 85 NDAC 77
Concordia 74 Augsburg 96
Concordia 66 St. Mary's 80
Concordia 88 Macalester 91
Concordia 68 Gustavus 86
Concordia 82 MSTC 85
Concordia 66 St. Thomas 88
Concordia 79 St. John's 86
Concordia 63 St. Olaf 87
Concordia 72 Hamline 47

Conference standings for the 1955-1956 season were:

Gustavus 13 - 2
Hamline 11 - 4
Augsburg 9 - 4
St. Thomas 8 - 6
Macalester 6 - 8
St. Mary's 6 - 8
St. John's 5 - 9
Duluth 5 - 9
Concordia 1 - 16

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Men's Hockey 1955-1956

Player-coach Warren Tovson and his hockey team compiled a 2 - 6 season record despite inadequate facilities. Games were played against St. John's, St. Cloud, St. Olaf and the Fargo Flyers. On the roster were Don Nyholm, Gary Smith, Dale Klungness, Larry Gilbertson, Ken Nelson, John Fjelstul, Darrell Rude, Al Thompson, Nels Anderson, Warren Tovson, Cal Vraa, Cliff Paulson and Harry Vibe. Some hockey scores reported were:

Concordia 4 St. Cloud 8
Concordia 4 Fargo Flyers 1
Concordia 2 St. Olaf 5
Concordia 0 St. Cloud 7

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Wrestling 1955-1956

Captain Al Tweit had an unbeaten season and was conference champion on the 1955-1956 wrestling team, coached by Finn Grinaker. With an overall record of 4 - 6, the Cobbers finished in second place in the MIAC.
Alward H. Tweit, Wrestling, Football, Track 1954-1958

Scores for the season were:

Concordia 29 Gustavus 10
Concordia 15 St. John's 22
Concordia 25 MSTC 13
Concordia 13 Bemidji 23
Concordia 27 Bemidji 10
Concordia 5 St. Cloud 28
Concordia 27 MSTC 5

On the roster were Deb Tweit, Al Tweit, Ron Gadberry, Lowell Goodrich, Lowell Hanson, Ron
Nellermoe, Jim Jossart, Roger Leopold, Dean Schennum, Don Nelson, Austin MacInnes, Paul Larson, Lowell Larson, LeRoy Meyer, Forrest Klies, Marlin Gabbert, Teke Gilbertson, Clarence Zimbelman and Dan Olson. At the conference meet Lowell Hanson and Roger Leopold earned second place honors, Ron Nellermoe and Austin MacInnes placed third, Ron Gadberry was in fourth place and Dean Schennum and Deb Tweit also placed. Conference standings were:

St. John's 47
Concordia 30
Gustavus 30
Macalester 29
St. Thomas 14

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Tennis 1956

Professor Alwyn Monson coached the 1956 tennis team which included Bob Bakken, the only returning letterman, Paul Dussere, Dean Haugen, Valdemar Olson and Art Johnson. The team was beaten by St. Cloud in a close match. Victories were recorded in a triangular contest at the Bemidji Invitational and at Jamestown College. Second place finishes were recorded at the NDAC and inter-city meets. The MIAC meet closed out the season.

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Golf 1956

The golf team coached by Finn Grinaker had four second-place honors to its credit. The team inished seventh in the MIAC meet. The roster included Captain Wayne Elton, Ron Riedberger, Jerry Olson, Gary Glomstad and Curt Bakken.

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Baseball 1956

Dave Green coached the 1956 baseball team. The roster included LeRoy Aasland, Don Kittleson, Harold Leyse, Harold Larson, Bill Quenette, Dick Kuball, Ron Riedberger, Carl Gronastrand, Ron Nellermoe, Bob Rasmus, Owen Germundson, Ken Thompson, Ron Hofstedt, Darrel Charon, Bob Clark, Ron Kleven, Marlin Gabbert, Nels Anderson, Pete Nellermoe, Casey Stengel and Dave Olson.

The team ended the season with a 5 - 4 record and fourth place finish in the Steve Gorman
League. Scores were:

Concordia 11 Valley City 0
Concordia 0 UND 2
Concordia 8 UND 4
Concordia 3 NDAC 7
Concordia 4 NDAC 8
Concordia 7 Jamestown 3
Concordia 10 Jamestown 3
Concordia 3 MSTC 5
Concordia 7 MSTC 3

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1955-1956 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports |

Track 1956

The 1956 track team repeated as MIAC champions under coach Les Nelson. Members of the team were John Moe, Don Nelson, Robert Cobb, Wally Krentz, Fred Nelson, Curt Gabrielson, Jory Kjelstrom, Larry Cartwight, Jack Boe, Don Jacobson, Gordon Hvidsten, John Herzog, Cliff Paulson, John Elverum, Roger Olson, Ray Thielman, Dale Leverson, Forrest Klies, George Wray, Richard Berg and Jim Greenan.

Results of the season were:

Carleton Invitational 4th place
St. John's Triangular 1st place
Concordia 66.4 MSTC 37.6
Concordia 76 NDAC 28
Concordia 73.75 St. John's 30.25
Bemidji Invitational 1st place
Inter-City Meet 1st place
Bison Invitational 3rd place
Concordia Invitational 1st place

MIAC Conference Meet 1st place with 58 points

(Jory Kjelstrom won three 1st place honors.)
 

Chapter 6

1. Concordian, February 11, 1951.

2. Concordian, April 4, 1952.

3. Concordian, October 17, 1952.

4. John Groven, Concordian, October 17, 1952.

5. Concordian, October 17, 1952.

6. Concordian, September 23, 1953.

7. Dick Whitaker, Concordian, January 24, 1958.

8. Concordian, March 25, 1959.
 
 

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