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"Concordia Men's Sports - The First One Hundred Years"
by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 8-- The 70's

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1977-1978| All Sport | Football | Cross Country | M-Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Top |

In 1977 the MIAC changed its membership from the NAIA to NCAA Division III.  Concordia also kept its membership in the NAIA until 1981.  This was the year that Concordia won the NAIA national championship.  Entry into the NCAA Division III brought some recruiting problems to the conference.

Under NAIA rules athletes were given special consideration in their financial aid package.  NCAA Division III regulations mandated that athletes should be treated the same as other students in the student body.

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1977 Football

The 1977 Cobber football team, under Coach Jim Christopherson, captured second place in the MIAC Conference race with a 5 - 2 record, with an overall mark of 7 - 2.  Named to the All-Conference team were Barry Bennett, Mike Blum, and Allen Holm.  Mike Johnson and Bob Beliveau received honorable mention.  Team captains were Mike Blum, Mike Lien, and Barry Bennett.

Barry Bennett was selected to play in the annual East-West Shrine All-Star football game in San Francisco on December 31 ó the first Cobber in history to receive this honor.

 On the roster were Bob Quinn, Scott Borgsdahl, Dave Brutlag, Jeff Holter, Mike Lien, Curt Christianson, Mike Rowlette, Steve Atchison, Larry Seljevold, Paul Ludtke, Bob Beliveau, Bob Majeski, Paul Nellermoe, Dean Baldry, Lane Peterson, Dan McCann, Erik Salveson, Tom Bellefeuille, Dan Rosenfeldt, Jim Ostlund, Ken Helland, Greg Hruby, Mike Lee, Bob Bellefeuille, Dave Martinson, Jay Erickson, Steve Youso, Cam Enarson, Mike Johnson, Jeff Welker, Miles Gehlar, Dave Mickelsen, Tom Bartholemew, Mike Anderson, Steve Knutson, Steve Wonderlich, Scott Graves, Tim Hodel, Roy Plankers, Brad Paulson, Tom Myrin, Brad Struck, Neil Hecktner, Jim McLeod, Dave Verley, Paul Weida, Paul Barrick, Steve Dibb, Derek Johson, Rich Westland, Jim Carter, Tim Bye, Allen Holm, Barry Bennett, Mary Kumm, Tim Stroebe, Dave Hubbard, Mike Blum, Duane Bjelland, Randy Smith, Tom Luttio, John Price, Mark Jensen, John Rehkemp, Todd Rosengren, Dave Freeman, Dave Klug, Brian Howland, and Bob Shepley.

The season results were:
Concordia  10  Moorhead State 6
Concordia  10  UM - Morris  0
Concordia  97  Macalester  6
Concordia  9  Gustavus  7
Concordia  17  St. Olaf  6
Concordia  0  St. Johnís  31
Concordia  3  Augsburg  7
Concordia  35  Hamline  6
Concordia  24  St. Thomas  21

Final standings in the MIAC were:
St. Johnís  7 - 0 - 0
Concordia  5 - 2 - 0
Gustavus  5 - 2 - 0
St. Thomas  3 - 3 - 1
Augsburg  3 - 4 - 0
St. Olaf  2 - 4 - 1
Hamline  2 - 5 - 0
Macalester  0 - 7 - 0

Wide Receiver Dave Grinaker signed a bonus contract as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He attended the rookie camp in May and the Steelersí main training camp in July.

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1977 Cross Country

The 1977 cross-country team was coached by Don Larson and included runners Mike Plante, Tenner Thompson, Ron Noyce, Kevin Mears, John Hagen, Mike Paul, Dave Bandy, Bruce McNeil, and John Mutschelknaus.

Meet scores were
Concordia  25  Wahpeton Science 30
Concordia 35 Valley City 37 Wahpeton Science 56
Concordia 56 NDSU  35 Moorhead State 31
MIAC Conference Meet: 5th place out of 9 teams

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1977-78 Men's Basketball

The Cobber menís basketball team in 1977 - 1978 performed unexpectedly well for the season.  With only one senior on the roster, they managed an 8 - 10 conference mark for a fifth place tie with St. Olaf in Coach Sonny Gulsvigís  23rd and final year as head coach.  Their overall record was 9 - 16.  Playing for Concordia were Mike Jones, Bruce Paulson, Dave Glaser, Joel Mittelstaedt, Eric Larsen, Chuck Gulsvig, Dan Brekke, Steve Johnson, Bob Dale, Mark Hagberg, Craig Flaagan, Kelby Krabbenhoft, Mark Lynne, and Brent Reichert.

The seasonís results were:
 Concordia  60  NDSU   64
Concordia  63  Northern State 60
Concordia  52  Moorhead State 71
Concordia  81  St. Maryís  97
Concordia  67  NDSU   99
Concordia  56  Green Bay  66
Concordia  66  St. Norbert  73
Concordia  57  Hamline  53
Concordia  62  Macalester  52
Concordia  57  Gustavus  62
Concordia  68  Augsburg  77
Concordia  92  Macalester  76
Concordia  73  Gustavus  63
Concordia    Augsburg
Concordia  55  St. Olaf  63
Concordia  55  Moorhead State 73
Concordia  64  St. Johnís  74
Concordia  53  Hamline  55
Concordia  77  Bethel   81
Concordia  68  St. Thomas  61
Concordia  74  St. Maryís  71
Concordia  91  St. Olaf  68
Concordia  68  St. Johnís  80

Sonny Gulsvig resigned as head basketball coach at the end of the 1977 - 1978 season, continuing on the physical education, health and athletic departmentís coaching staff and teaching faculty.  Gulsvig ended a 22-year career with the Cobber cagers.

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1977-78 Hockey

Under the guidance of head coach Al Rice, the 1977 - 1978 hockey team finished the season with a 6 - 8 record in the conference, 11 - 16 overall.  Nine of the Cobberís 14 conference games were played on the road.  Team captain was Jeff Frider and All-Conference honorees were

John Villalta and Rex Lewis with Jeff Frider, Dave Perry, and Ray Weisgarber receiving honorable mention.

Those on the hockey roster were Jim Froeber, Kevin Sorenson, Tom Samuelson, Sheldon Vatnsdal, Dave Thune, Al Griffith, John Willert, Kelly Wheeler, Tim Nickel, Jeff Frider, Ray Weisgarber, Dave Perry, Lionel Shmyr, John Villalta, Tony Hoops, Ed Monacelli, Frank Bellanger, Jim Nelson, Bruce Orehek, Brian Kines, Bob Hilderman, and Randy Beck.

The scores posted were:
Concordia  1  Bemidji State  5
Concordia  12  Iowa State  2
Concordia  7  Augsburg JV  1
 Concordia  0  Gustavus  10
Concordia  4  St. Thomas  7
Concordia  6  St. Johnís  7
Concordia  6  Superior  5
Concordia  4  Superior  8
Concordia  4  St. Cloud State 1
Concordia  9  St. Cloud State 10
Concordia  11  St. Maryís  2
Concordia  5  St. Maryís  3
Concordia  3  Bemidji State  6
Concordia  2  Winnipeg  10
Concordia  6  Winnipeg  5
Concordia  6  St. Olaf  4
Concordia  7  St. Olaf  5
Concordia  7  St. Johnís  3
Concordia  2  Hamline  5
Concordia  9  Hamline  4
Concordia  6  St. Thomas  8
Concordia  2  St. Thomas  8
Concordia  3  Augsburg  7
Concordia  5  Augsburg  8
Concordia  3  St. Johnís  4
Concordia  4  Gustavus  8
Concordia  2  Gustavus  13

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1977-78 Wrestling

Heavyweight Barry Bennett was the standout wrestler for the 1977 - 1978 matmen, under Coach Finn Grinaker.  Barry placed first in every tournament he entered and ended his career at Concordia with a 90 - 5 - 1 record, winning All-Conference and All-American honors.  Others on the roster were Tim Bye, Brian Clark, Mike Clark, Chuck Flickinger, Vic Galfano, Tom Gruhlke, Steve Hanson, Randy Hanson, Gerald Howard, Mark Jensen, Jim McLeod, Jeff Poliak, Rob Pain, Craig Rothfuss, Ken Smith, Terrry Schrupp, Chuck Thompson, and Doug Tweet.

Results for the season were:
St. Cloud Tournament: 8th place out of 16 teams (Bennett - 1st place)
North Country Invitational: 2nd place out of 9 teams (Bennett - 1st place)
All-Lutheran Tournament: 4th place out of 9 teams (Bennett - 1st place)
MIAC Conference Meet: 3rd place out of 9 teams (Bennett - 1st place)
NCAA Division III Meet: 9th place out of 90 teams (Bennett - 1st place)
Dual Meet Record: 9 wins, 5 losses
Concordia  26  Valley City State 16
Concordia  28  Moorhead State 27
Concordia  13  North Dakota State 37
Concordia  28  St. Thomas  26
Concordia  20  St. Johnís  31
 Concordia  46  Northwestern College 10
Concordia  24  St. Olaf  21
Concordia  37  Gustavus  18
Concordia  12  Augsburg  36
Concordia  48  Bethel   0
Concordia  20  Bemidji State  21
Concordia  33  Hamline  9
Concordia  49  St. Maryís  6
Concordia  21  UND   24

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1978 Track

Ed Langsdorf returned as coach of the 1978 track team with Don Larson serving as assistant coach.  Those on the track roster were Craig Dresser, Pete Hennum, Charlie Brown, John Hanson, Mike Ginter, Kevin Kinder, Bill Schrank, Paul, Ludtke, Rich Westland, Nate Hanson, Steve Fox, Curt Baldwin, John Burkhardt, Greg McIver, John Mutschelknaus, Kevin Mears, Tim Siegle, Greg Jurvy, Dave Bandy, Bob Bellefeuille, Mike Paul, Tom Myrin, Tenner Thompson, Scott Graves, Doug Nelson, Dave Mickelsen, Mike Ranum, Roy Plankers, Paul Brown, Mark Bruns, Dave Brunsvold, Mark Kollar, Arnie Benson, Bob Shepley, Bob Dale, Tom Nystuen, Ron Noyce, Jerry Monson, Dave Freeman, Larry Seljevold, and Dave Jones.

The Cobbers enjoyed ďmild success,Ē setting new records and qualifying for the prestigious Drake Relays.  Steve Fox set a school record in the 440-yard hurdles with a time of 52.8, beating the old record of 52.9 established by Dave Grinaker.  Fox, an All-American hurdler, won first place in the event at the conference meet to defend his conference title.

Schedule for the season was:
US Track and Field Federation Meet: No team points kept
Intercity Meet: NDSU - 88 1/2, MSU - 64 1/2, Concordia - 28
Concordia  70  Jamestown  74
Concordia  112  Northern  32
Concordia  41 1/2  MSU   103 1/2
SDSU Invitational: No team points
Wildcat Invitational: 2nd place
Cougar Invitational: 2nd place
Northern Invitational: tie for 3rd place
Drake Relays: No team points
Al Cassell Relays: 5th place
Macalester Invitational: No team points
MIAC Conference Meet: 5th place out of 9 teams

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1978 Tennis

Kent Stadum took over the reins for the 1978 tennis team which won 8 matches and lost 9.  Competing on the team were Brent Reichert, John Snustad, Pete Simonson, Rodger Hagen, Chuck Olson, Steve Gabrielson, and Bob Lund.  Brent Reichert led all individual singles with a
 9 - 3 record.  The Cobbers finished in 7th place in the conference.

A young and inexperienced team, the Concordia netmen faced tough competition and with all the players returning for the following year, a good season in 1979 was expected.

Season scores were:
Concordia  9  Moorhead State 0
Concordia  5  UND   4
Concordia  5  NDSU   4
Concordia  2  Northern Iowa 7
Concordia  1  Central (Iowa) 8
Concordia  4  Luther   5
Concordia  1  St. Thomas  8
Concordia  5  Northern State 4
Concordia  8  Bemidji State  1
Concordia  2  St. Olaf  7
Concordia  3  St. Johnís  6
Concordia  1  UM - Duluth  8
Concordia  4  Mankato State 5
Concordia  4  UM - Duluth  5
Concordia  8  Moorhead State 1
Concordia  5  NDSU   4
Concordia  6  UND   3

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1978 Baseball

Concordiaís 1978 baseball team, under Coach Al Rice, finished in sixth place to tie with Augsburg at 8 - 10 in the final conference standings.  Overall, the Cobbers completed an 11 - 14 record.  Outstanding pitching by Steve Atchison, junior from Moorhead and Greg Hruby, from Porter, MN, contributed to their success.  Randy Hansen from Brainerd led the Cobber batsmen.  Inclement weather forced many practices and the first three scheduled games to be canceled.

The baseball roster included Jay Fraley, Jeff Huguelet, Randy Hanson, Jeff Poliak, Brett Ulrich, Steve Atchison, Terry Kurash, Dean Levinski, Bob Quinn, Greg Hruby, Jeff Birch, Bob Gullick, Rocky Messerschmidt, Randy Smith, Brian Howland, Steve Laurion, and Tom Simon. Scores for the season were:

Concordia  7  Northern State 6
Concordia  7  Northern State 9
Concordia  1  NDSU   2
Concordia  5  NDSU   6
Concordia  5  St. Olaf  7
Concordia  6  St. Olaf  11
Concordia  8  Moorhead State 7
Concordia  4  Bethel   6
Concordia  12  Bethel   3
 Concordia  4  St. Thomas  3
Concordia  0  St. Thomas  7
Concordia  1  Gustavus  2
Concordia  0  Gustavus  1
Concordia  3  Hamline  2
Concordia  6  Hamline  1
Concordia  7  Valley City State 0
Concordia  1  Valley City State 5
Concordia  7  St. Johnís  3
Concordia  1  St. Johnís  0
Concordia  11  Macalester  3
Concordia  5  Macalester  8

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1977-78 Golf

A soggy spring also caused a frustrating season for Finn Grinakerís 1978 golf team.  Because of the bad weather, the season was mainly restricted to invitationals and conference playoffs.  Concordia golfers were Tom Anderson, Mark Tryhus, Jim Unruh, Randy Johnson, Marshall Johnson, Jim Anderson, Scott Anderson, Bert Olson, Mark Tryhus, and Jay Myhre.

Season results were:
Cobber-Dragon Invitational: 3rd place out of 6 teams (Tom Anderson - co-medalist)
St. Johnís Invitational: 11th place out of 18 teams
Northern State Invitational: 3rd place out of 6 teams
Honeywell Invitational: 14th place out of 27 teams
MIAC Conference Meet: 4th place tie out of 9 teams
 
 
 

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