Yes Ty, There Is A Virginia

Senior Ty Johnson earned a spot at the NCAA National Meet with a pin in the second period in his semifinal match at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional Meet.
Senior Ty Johnson earned a spot at the NCAA National Meet with a pin in the second period in his semifinal match at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional Meet.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (2/23/19)---Senior Ty Johnson made sure his career wouldn't end at the Upper Midwest Regional Meet as he came up with an electrifying pin in the second period in his semifinal match at 149 and qualified for the NCAA National Meet which will be held in Roanoke, Va. .

Johnson was one of four Cobbers to finish in the Top 5 at the regional and CC placed six of its 10 wrestlers in the Top 8. Concordia finished with 69.5 total team points and placed seventh out of 17 schools at the meet. Both numbers show improvement for a year ago when the Cobbers ended the region meet with 49.5 points and was tied for 10th place.
   
Johnson needed to rally to earn his ticket to the NCAA Meet. He fell behind 3-0 to Cole Riemer from the University of Chicago - the weight class' top seed - early in the second period. Unflappable as ever, the senior worked his way to a tight upper body hold before throwing Riemer to his back and securing the fall.

For Johnson it was a big moment of vindication as he came up just short of qualifying for nationals last season.

Johnson would ultimately wind up as the second-place finisher in the region. As a result, he will make his second appearance at the national tournament where he will work to become Concordia's first All-American since 2016. As he always seems to do, Johnson had fun with the experience, and he mentioned that he eagerly awaits the opportunity to run it back in a few weeks at nationals.

Two other Cobbers came up just short of the third-place mark necessary to earn a spot in the national meet. Sophomore 125-pounder Jake Nohre and freshman 285-pounder Noah Carter each earned fourth-place honors.

Nohre provided one of the biggest thrills of the meet for the Concordia faithful in the consolation semifinals when he scored 11 points on his way to an upset of returning national runner-up Carlos Fuentez of Wheaton College.

Carter demonstrated tremendous heart throughout the tournament. After a first-round loss to the eventual champion from UW-La Crosse, Carter stormed into the third-place match with four straight victories - including a win over Jordan Lemcke from UW-Oshkosh which avenged an early-season loss. In the end, only two seconds of riding time kept Carter from victory in the third-place match. He ended up losing in the ultimate tie breaker after the two wrestlers went through three periods of overtime deadlocked at 3-3. Carter recorded four wins in the two days and tied for the most region victories on the team over the weekend. Carter's fourth-place finish also came after he started the tournament unseeded.

Senior Travis Deegan was the fourth Cobber to finish in the Top 5. Deegan's journey to the national tournament ended with a loss to two-time All-American Mark Choinski of UW-Oshkosh. The Concordia 165-pounder still earned four wins on the weekend, including two on Saturday. Deegan demonstrated the same grit that he has displayed throughout his Cobber wrestling career as his two Saturday wins came by way of a last-second regulation takedown and a sudden victory overtime takedown. 

Freshman Bret Wilson and sophomore Benjamin Bogart were the final members of Concordia who finished on top of the podium. Wilson placed eighth in the 141-pound weight class and was matched by Bogart who earned eighth place at 133 pounds.

UP NEXT: Johnson's second NCAA National Meet run will begin March 8 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va. He will look to become the first Cobber All-American since 2016 and the 15th Cobber All-American since 2010.

NCAA Upper Midwest Regional - Place Winners for Concordia
125 - Jake Nohre - 4th place 
133 - Benjamin Bogart - 8th place
141 - Bret Wilson - 8th place 
149 - Ty Johnson - 2nd place
165 - Travis Deegan - 5th place
285 - Noah Carter - 4th place

Final NCAA Upper Midwest Regional Team Results
1. Augsburg - 191.0
2. Wis.-La Crosse - 151.0
3. Wis.-Whitewater - 146.0
4. Wis.-Stevens Point -           95.0
5. Chicago - 90.0
6. Wis.-Oshkosh - 81.0
7. Concordia-M`head - 69.5
8. Elmhurst - 57.0
9. Wheaton (IL) - 55.0
10. Wis.-Platteville - 51.5
11. Wis.-Eau Claire - 48.0
12. St. John`s (MN) - 40.5
13. MSOE - 18.5
14. Pacific (OR) - 7.5
15. Concordia Wisconsin - 7.0
16. Lakeland - 2.5
17. St. Olaf - 0.5

NCAA DIII Regional Upper Midwest Results for Concordia-M`head

125
Jake Nohre (3-2) placed 4th and scored 11.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jake Nohre (Concordia-M`head) 3-2 won by decision over Kurtis DeGroot (Lakeland) 15-12 (Dec 9-2)
Quarterfinal - Jake Nohre (Concordia-M`head) 3-2 won by decision over AJ Schoenfuss (Wis.-Oshkosh) 24-11 (Dec 6-4)
Semifinal - Mike Tortorice (Wis.-Whitewater) 29-3 won by major decision over Jake Nohre (Concordia-M`head) 3-2 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Semi - Jake Nohre (Concordia-M`head) 3-2 won by decision over Carlos Fuentez (Wheaton (IL)) 3-3 (Dec 11-9)
3rd Place Match - Sawyer Sarbacker (Wis.-La Crosse) 17-11 won by fall over Jake Nohre (Concordia-M`head) 3-2 (Fall 2:30)

133
Benjamin Bogart (2-3) placed 8th and scored 6.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Benjamin Bogart (Concordia-M`head) 2-3 won by decision over Zack McDowell (Wis.-Oshkosh) 6-13 (Dec 3-1)
Quarterfinal - Sam Bennyhoff (Augsburg) 24-4 won by major decision over Benjamin Bogart (Concordia-M`head) 2-3 (MD 10-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Benjamin Bogart (Concordia-M`head) 2-3 won by fall over Mikael Kolosso (Lakeland) 4-7 (Fall 2:10)
Cons. Round 3 - Ethan Harsted (Wheaton (IL)) 4-2 won by decision over Benjamin Bogart (Concordia-M`head) 2-3 (Dec 8-2)
7th Place Match - Scott Arneson (Wis.-Platteville) 14-8 won by decision over Benjamin Bogart (Concordia-M`head) 2-3 (Dec 8-5)

141
Bret Wilson (1-3) placed 8th and scored 6.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Matt Berlin (Wis.-Stevens Point) 28-11 won by decision over Bret Wilson (Concordia-M`head) 1-3 (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Bret Wilson (Concordia-M`head) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Bret Wilson (Concordia-M`head) 1-3 won by fall over Wesam Alabed (Wis.-Oshkosh) 18-12 (Fall 3:48)
Cons. Round 3 - Chase Katzenmeyer (Wis.-Platteville) 28-16 won by decision over Bret Wilson (Concordia-M`head) 1-3 (Dec 7-4)
7th Place Match - Chaise Hauck (Chicago) 3-2 won by major decision over Bret Wilson (Concordia-M`head) 1-3 (MD 11-0)

149
Ty Johnson (3-1) placed 2nd and scored 17.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - ty johnson (Concordia-M`head) 3-1 won by decision over Jack Rathburn (MSOE) 12-12 (Dec 8-3)
Quarterfinal - ty johnson (Concordia-M`head) 3-1 won by decision over David Dudych (Wis.-Eau Claire) 23-14 (Dec 13-9)
Semifinal - ty johnson (Concordia-M`head) 3-1 won by fall over Cole Riemer (Chicago) 2-2 (Fall 3:40)
1st Place Match - Alex Wilson (Augsburg) 34-5 won by major decision over ty johnson (Concordia-M`head) 3-1 (MD 8-0)

157
Adam Jaeger (1-2) place is unknown and scored 0.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Steve Bonsall (Chicago) 3-2 won by decision over Adam Jaeger (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 1 - Adam Jaeger (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 won by decision over Kaleb Winebarger (Pacific (OR)) 0-2 (Dec 10-8)
Cons. Round 2 - Jerod Novak (St. John`s (MN)) 8-6 won by decision over Adam Jaeger (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 (Dec 5-3)

165
Travis Deegan (4-2) placed 5th and scored 10.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Travis Deegan (Concordia) 4-2 won by tech fall over Anthony Kraan (Pacific (OR)) 0-2 (TF-1.5 3:09 (15-0))
Quarterfinal - Lucas Jeske (Augsburg) 17-0 won by decision over Travis Deegan (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Travis Deegan (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 sudden victory - 1 over Chase Schmidt (UW-Eau Claire) 18-13 (SV-1 6-4)
Cons. Round 3 - Travis Deegan (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 won by decision over Jonavan Huggins (Wheaton (IL)) 2-3 (Dec 9-7)
Cons. Semi - Mark Choinski (Wis.-Oshkosh) 32-3 won by fall over Travis Deegan (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 (Fall 4:26)
5th Place Match - Travis Deegan (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 sudden victory - 1 over Kahlan Lee-Lermer (Chicago) 2-3 (SV-1 3-1)

174
Nick Gravdahl (1-2) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - nick gravdahl (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 won by fall over Partev Galstyan (St. Olaf) 0-6 (Fall 1:57)
Quarterfinal - Tanner Vassar (Augsburg) 22-7 won by fall over nick gravdahl (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 (Fall 3:23)
Cons. Round 2 - Helton Vandenbush (MSOE) 20-12 won by decision over nick gravdahl (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 (Dec 8-3)

184
Aiden Jolley (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Grant Wedepohl (Wis.-Platteville) 27-14 won by fall over Aiden Jolley (Concordia-M`head) 0-2 (Fall 2:32)
Cons. Round 1 - Austin Stebane (Wis.-Stevens Point) 14-15 won by fall over Aiden Jolley (Concordia-M`head) 0-2 (Fall 4:57)

197
Jacob Arends (1-2) place is unknown and scored 1.5 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Natan Jara (Wheaton (IL)) 1-2 won by decision over Jacob Arends (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 (Dec 10-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Jacob Arends (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 by major decision over Max Schmitz (Wis.-Platteville) 10-16 (MD 12-4)
Cons. Round 2 - Duncan Heath (MSOE) 17-11 won by decision over Jacob Arends (Concordia-M`head) 1-2 (Dec 7-4)

285
Noah Carter (4-2) placed 4th and scored 13.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Konrad Ernst (Wis.-La Crosse) 25-0 won by fall over Noah Carter (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 (Fall 1:02)
Cons. Round 1 - Noah Carter (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 won by fall over Stepan Naldzhyan (Pacific (OR)) 0-2 (Fall 4:41)
Cons. Round 2 - Noah Carter (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 won by decision over Tyler Burt (Wis.-Eau Claire) 1-2 (Dec 10-4)
Cons. Round 3 - Noah Carter (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 won by decision over Karim Fuentes (Elmhurst) 1-3 (Dec 1-0)
Cons. Semi - Noah Carter (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 won by decision over Jordan Lemcke (Wis.-Oshkosh) 25-14 (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match - Grant Miller (Wheaton (IL)) 4-1 ultimate tie breaker over Noah Carter (Concordia-M`head) 4-2 (UTB 3-3)