LA CROSSE, Wis. —Concordia continued its dual dominance on the season as they went 2-1 at the Wis.- La Crosse Candlewood Suites Dual Meet. The Cobbers only loss was a narrow defeat at the hands of No.4-ranked Wis. La Crosse.
Concordia posted wins over large Wisconsin state schools Wis.-Stevens Point and No.15-ranked Wis.-Whitewater to up their dual-meet mark to 4-1 on the year.
Senior Justice Davis led the Cobbers at the dual meet tournament. He was the only CC wrestler to win three matches on the day. Davis, who is ranked eighth in the latest NWCA rankings at 285, came away with a pin fall in his first match and then scored a pair of decisions in the last two bouts.
Davis' 9-3 win against Jake Anderson of Wis.-Whitewater proved to be the decisive victory in the 21-18 Cobber win.
The Cobbers started the day by claiming a 31-12 victory over Stevens Point. The Cobbers won the first five matches of the opener to roll to a 22-0 lead.
Junior Jakob Stageberg set the tone by recording a pin fall at 125. Aaron Dick then won by major decision at 133, Adam Presler got a 7-2 decision at 149, Blane Tschida won by pin fall at 149 and then Nich Gravdahl battled to a 4-3 win at 157.
The Cobbers won two more matches against the Pointers. Ricky Briggs ground out a 4-3 win at 184 and then Davis pinned his opponent at the 4:09 mark.
The tables were turned against La Crosse in the second dual of the day. The Eagles won the first four matches to take a 18-0 lead before Joe Heinz got the Cobbers on the board with a 9-0 major decision at 157. Jacob Johnson followed with a 9-4 victory at 165 to bring the score to 18-7.
The teams then split the final four matches in the dual. La Crosse claimed wins at 174 and 184 before Hunter SantAmour edged out a 6-5 decision at 197. Davis finished off the dual with a 4-1 decision at 285.
Concordia was able to beat Whitewater by rallying from a 7-0 deficit after two bouts. Presler started the comeback with a pin fall and then Ty Johnson followed with a pin at 149. Heinz then put CC up 15-7 lead with a 5-2 victory at 157.
The Cobbers then dropped two straight matches to fall behind 18-15. SantAmour tied the team score at 18-18 with a 5-3 decision which set the stage for Davis' final-match heroics.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DAVIS: Justice Davis joined the 10-win club for the Cobbers. His three wins upped his season record to 11-3. The 11 wins are three more than he had in all of last season when he struggled with an injury.
AND ADAM ADDS ANOTHER: Adam Presler also earned his 10th win of the year in La Crosse. He entered the day 8-6 and then went 2-1 to push his season total to 10-7.
EXHIBITION EXTRA: Concordia had several other wrestlers travel to La Crosse to keep in exhibition matches against wrestlers from the other teams participating in the dual tourney. Cole Sladek went 3-0 at 165 to lead the group of 13 other CC athletes. Freshmen Collin Dolejs and Travis Adams were the other two CC athletes with more than one win on the day.
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia continues with its streak of dual meets when they travel to Aberdeen, S.D. to take on Northern State in a dual meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
CONCORDIA vs. WIS.-WHITEWATER RESULTS
Round 3 – #7 Concordia College (Minn.) 21 vs. #15 UW-Whitewater 18
125 - Zac Denny (Wisconsin Whitewater) over Jakob Stageberg (Concordia) Dec 6-4
133 - Joe Brodman (Wisconsin Whitewater) over Aaron Dick (Concordia) Maj 20-8
141 - Adam Presler (Concordia) over Bernard Casella (Wisconsin Whitewater) Fall 2:31
149 - Ty Johnson (Concordia) over Maxx Hubbard (Wisconsin Whitewater) Fall 7:26
157 - Joseph Heinz (Concordia) over Austin Quartullo (Wisconsin Whitewater) Dec 5-2
165 - Ryder Sigler (Wisconsin Whitewater) over Jake Johnson (Concordia) Dec 7-6
174 - Nicholas Bonomo (Wisconsin Whitewater) over Parker Jackson (Concordia) Maj 15-2
184 - Jordan Newman (Wisconsin Whitewater) over Ricky Briggs (Concordia) Maj 12-0
197 - Hunter Santamour (Concordia) over Riley Kauzlaric (Wisconsin Whitewater) Dec 5-3
285 - Justice Davis (Concordia) over Jake Anderson (Wisconsin Whitewater) Dec 9-3