JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- As the temperatures get colder outside, the heat inside the Cobber wrestling room starts to rise. Concordia won six straight individual matches en route to a 34-6 win at Jamestown and has now won four of its last five dual matches.
Concordia (5-4) is starting to round into championship form after plowing through a very tough first half schedule. The Cobbers showed their mettle on Wednesday by winning eight of the first nine matches in the dual and coming away with the 28-point win.
The best stretch for Concordia came during the three bouts from 174 through 197 where all three CC athletes posted wins by a pin fall. Sebastian Gardner started that streak by claiming a pin at 1:35 of his match at 174. Chris Harrison then followed that up with a pin at 5:00 at 184 and then Nathan Schmitz finished off the trio of pins with a win at 197 at the 1:55 mark.
Concordia's hottest wrestler started the meet on the right track. Will McCarthy came away with a 4-3 decision at 125. McCarthy has now won five straight matches and is coming off a weight-class win at the Matman Invitational last weekend.
Jacoby Bergeron then staked Concordia to a 6-0 lead when he won 10-3 at 133. Jake Long and Jake Krogstad earned decisions sandwiched around a major decision from Kyle LeDuc at 157. Long's win pushes him into the double-digit win total for the season. Long is now 10-7 on the year and becomes the 10th Cobber wrestler to win at least 10 matches on the year. For Krogstad it was his 15th victory of the season and he is now one of four Concordia athletes to have at least 15 wins.
The Cobbers will now head to Minneapolis to participate in one of the most anticipated dual meets of the season. Concordia will compete in the Minnesota Duals on Saturday, Jan. 26 where they will take on former MIAC opponents No.7-ranked Augsburg, St. John's and St. Olaf.
125 - Will McCarthy (CC) dec. Sean Blumhardt (JC); 4-3
133 - Jacoby Bergeron (CC) dec. Coby Horner (JC); 10-3
141 - Dillon Kifer (JC) dec. Jake Kostik (CC); 9-5
149 - Jacob Long (CC) dec. Samuel Brown (JC); 8-1
157 - Kyle LeDuc (CC) maj. dec. Jaykob Miller (JC); 11-3
165 - Jake Krogstad (CC) dec. Michael Nord (JC); 8-5
174 - Sebastian Gardner (CC) pin fall Johnathon Gonzalez (JC); 1:35
184 - Christian Harrison (CC) pin fall Samuel Tilley (JC); 5:00
197 - Nathan Schmitz (CC) pin fall Austin Werre (JC); 1:55
285 - Antonio Lopez (JC) OT dec. Cody Kasprick (CC); 5-3
- Concordia is ranked 17th in the latest NWCA Division III poll.
- #17 Concordia is now 5-4 in dual meets this season.
- Jamestown is now 2-9 in dual meets this season.
- Concordia won eight individual matches
- 6 matches were won by a decision, 3 by pin fall and 1 by major decision
- Concordia won 4 matches by decision, 3 by pin fall and 1 by major decision
- Jamestown won both matches by decision
- Cobber junior Jake Long is now 10-7 on the year and the 10th Concordia wrestler to have at least 10 wins on the season.