ABERDEEN, S.D. (12/08/16)—No.7-ranked Concordia had the rug pulled out from underneath their feet after the third match at Division II Northern State. The Cobbers led 11-0 but then the Wolves won the last seven bouts and won 26-11.
The loss is only the second of the year for the nationally-ranked Cobbers who fall to 4-2 on the year. Northern State wins for the second straight match and is now 2-2 on the year.
A trio of juniors were the highlight of the match for Concordia. The first three matches were all won by juniors from CC and the trio gave the Cobbers an 11-0 lead less than 30 minutes into the match.
All-American Jakob Stageberg staked Concordia to a 4-0 lead after the very first match. Stageberg notched three takedowns in the first period, two more in the third period and claimed the 17-3 major decision victory. The win was Stageberg's sixth of the year as he moves to 6-3.
Aaron Dick used the momentum started by Stageberg and came away with a takedown in the first period of his match at 133. He then followed that up with a takedown in the second and third periods and won 7-2 to push Concordia's lead to 7-0.
Adam Presler would get the final win of the match for the Cobbers. He recorded an 11-3 major decision at 141. Presler had near falls in each of the first and third periods to get to his 11-point total. He only allowed a takedown in the first period and then an escape at the start of the third and was on the attack for the majority of the match.
Concordia lost by a 15-8 decision at 149 but then gave up three straight bonus-point wins to fall behind 16-11.
The Cobbers nearly stopped the Wolves' winning streak at 184. Parker Jackson jumped out to a 4-0 lead by getting a takedown and then a near fall in the first period, but like the team competition, he watched as his opponent scored five straight points to win 5-4. The winning points came on a takedown in the third period.
The other decision loss for CC came at 285 where freshman Travis Adams fell 6-1. Adams was trailing 1-0 heading into the third period and was in the down position when his opponent was able to score a pair of near falls to earn the win.
WINNING WAYS: Aaron Dick has now won two of his last three matches and is 6-7 on the year. He is now 2-4 in dual meets for CC. Adam Presler has now won three straight matches and is 11-7 on the year. He is now 4-2 in dual meets. Jakob Stageberg is also 4-2 in the Cobber dual meets this year.
NATIONALLY RANKED COBBERS: Concordia had three individuals ranked in the top 10 of their weight class in the latest NWCA national rankings which came out on Wednesday. Stageberg is No.6 at 125. Junior Ricky Briggs is No.9 at 184 and senior Justice Davis is No.7 at 285. Neither Briggs or Davis wrestled on Thursday.
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will have an 11-day break for first-semester finals and then head west to participate in the Desert Duals in Las Vegas, Nev. Last year the Cobbers went 3-0 in Vegas with a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams.
#7 Concordia-Moorhead 11, Northern State 26
Date: December 8, 2016
Location: Aberdeen, S.D.
Arena: Wachs Arena
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
End Time: 8:15 p.m.
Total Time: 1:15
Individual Match Results:
125 - Jakob Stageberg (CC) maj. dec. Matthew Leier (NSU); 17-3 (Concordia leads 4-0)
133 - Aaron Dick (CC) dec. Josh Moore (NSU); 7-2 (Concordia leads 7-0)
141 - Adam Presler (CC) maj. dec. Matt Bettencourt (NSU); 11-3 (Concordia leads 11-0)
149 - Tyler Stenberg (NSU) dec. Blane Tschida (CC); 15-8 (Concordia leads 11-3)
157 - Blake Perryman (NSU) maj. dec. Joe Heinz (CC); 16-3 (Concordia leads 11-7)
165 - Sean Havlovic (NSU) maj. dec. Jake Johnson (CC); 15-4 (Score tied 11-11)
174 - Tanner Olson (NSU) tech. fall Collin Dolejs (CC); 17-0 5:00 (Northern State leads 16-11)
184 - David Murphy (NSU) dec. Parker Jackson (CC); 5-4 (Northern State leads 19-11)
197 - Joe Gomez (NSU) maj. dec. Jacob Briggs (CC); 12-0 (Northern State leads 23-11)
285 - Harrison Townsend (NSU) dec. Travis Adams (CC); 6-1 (Northern State leads 26-11)