Stageberg Caps All-American Season

Jakob Stageberg goes for the single leg takedown in his semifinal match at the NCAA Meet. Stageberg finished sixth to earn All-American honors. (Pic courtesy of D3Photography)
Jakob Stageberg goes for the single leg takedown in his semifinal match at the NCAA Meet. Stageberg finished sixth to earn All-American honors. (Pic courtesy of D3Photography)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (3/12/16)—Jakob Stageberg finished off his All-American season by placing sixth at the NCAA National Meet.

Stageberg lost in overtime in his semifinal match then dropped a decision in the consolation semifinals before losing in the fifth-place match.

Stageberg finishes the year with an impressive 35-10 record. His 35 victories ties for the fifth most in school history in a single season.

Stageberg finished championship Saturday by falling 5-3 in the tie-breaker-1 overtime period. Stageberg battled with CJ Pestano of Central (Iowa) through the first periods with each wrestler getting an escape point at the start of the second and third periods.

The match was won at the end of the first tie-breaker period. Neither athlete scored a point in the first overtime session and then Stageberg started in the top position to start tie-breaker 1. Stageberg held Pestano down for almost the entire 30-second tie-breaker period but then Pestano was able to get a reversal and then put Stageberg on his back to get a 2-point near fall.

Stageberg got an escape point and a point for Pestano stalling in the second half of the tie-breaker 1 overtime but couldn't get a last-second takedown and lost 5-3.

Stageberg lost 7-3 in the consolation semifinal to Jacob Spearman of Washington and Jefferson before getting pinned by Arnulfo Olea of No.1-ranked Wartburg.

Stageberg's sixth-place finish marks the 10th time in the last 11 years that the Cobbers have had at least one wrestler place in the top 6 of a weight class at the NCAA National Meet.

Stageberg is the program's 26th NCAA All-American and the 14th in the past seven seasons.

Concordia Single Season Win Top 5
1. 38 - Justin Berns, Perham - 2008-09 (38-10-0)
1. 38 - Mike Northcutt, Missoula, Mont. - 1988-89 (38-13-1)
3. 37 - Jacoby Bergeron, Thief River Falls - 2014-15 (37-8-0)
4. 36 - Phil Moenkedick, Perham - 2007-08 (36-6-0)
5. 35 - Phil Moenkedick, Perham - 2008-09 (35-1-0)
5. 35 - Ben Anderson, Frazee - 2008-09 (35-10-0)
5. 35 - Phil Moenkedick, Perham - 2010-11 (35-1-0)
5. 35 - Jakob Stageberg, New London - 2015-16 (35-10-0)

Concordia Individual Results at 2016 NCAA Meet
125 - Jakob Stageberg
125 - Jakob Stageberg placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jakob Stageberg won by major decision over Brenden Velez (Delaware Valley University) 17-9 (MD 13-4)
Quarterfinal - Jakob Stageberg won by decision over James Kaishian (Ithaca) 39-5 (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal - CJ Pestano  won in tie breaker - 1 over Jakob Stageberg (Concordia-Moorhead) 22-6 (TB-1 5-3)
Cons. Semi - Jacob Spearman (Washington and Jefferson) 24-5 won by decision over Jakob Stageberg  (Dec 7-3)
5th Place Match - Arnulfo Olea (Wartburg) 21-4 won by fall over Jakob Stageberg (Fall 5:26)

133 - Gabe Foltz
Champ. Round 1 - Devin Broukal (Wabash) 17-6 won by decision over Gabe Foltz (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 1 - Connor Campo (Wartburg) 28-2 won by decision over Gabe Foltz  (Dec 3-2)

157 - Ben Cousins
Champ. Round 1 - Logan Meister (Ferrum College) 27-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Ben Cousins (SV-1 3-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Nick Bova (Wabash) 27-3 won by decision over Ben Cousins (Dec 3-2)

165 - Cole Sladek
Champ. Round 1 - Nolan Barger (Lycoming) 30-2 won by fall over Cole Sladek (Fall 0:31)
Prelim - Cole Sladek won by decision over Teddy Erickson (St. Johns (MN)) 11-10 (Dec 8-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Nick Velez (Ithaca) 32-5 won by tech fall over Cole Sladek (TF-1.5 3:27 (16-0))

174 - Jake Johnson
Champ. Round 1 - Ryan Harrington (Coe) 20-2 won by major decision over Jake Johnson  (MD 8-0)
Cons. Round 1 - Doug Hamann (The College of New Jersey) 27-6 won by decision over Jake Johnson (Dec 6-3)

184 - Ricky Briggs
Prelim - Jeff Palmeri (Brockport) 32-5 won by tech fall over Ricky Briggs (TF-1.5 5:43 (16-0))
Prelim - Ricky Briggs won by decision over Sebastian Larson (Augsburg) 16-12 (Dec 8-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Bryan Levsen (Wartburg) 20-5 won by major decision over Ricky Briggs (MD 13-0)