A Little Dry In The Desert

Senior Aaron Dick led the Cobbers with a pair of wins at the Desert Duals. He now leads the team with 11 wins on the year.
Senior Aaron Dick led the Cobbers with a pair of wins at the Desert Duals. He now leads the team with 11 wins on the year.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (12/18/19)--- Concordia split its first two matches at the Desert Duals but then ran into a steamroller and came away with a 1-2 record in the final meet before the Christmas break.

The Cobbers opened the day by dropping a 30-12 decision against No.11-ranked Coe (Iowa) but then rebounded to beat the Iowa State Club Team 40-9. Concordia then ran into perennial national champion Wartburg and got rolled over coming out on the wrong end of a 54-0 score to the No.2-ranked Knights.

The match against the Iowa State Club Team doesn't count against the Cobbers' overall dual-meet record for the year because the squad isn't an NCAA or NAIA sanctioned team. The two losses drops Concordia's record to 2-6 on the year. Of the six defeats, five have come against teams ranked in the top 25 of the nation.

Senior Aaron Dick was the only Cobber athlete with more than one win on the day. He posted a pin at 1:35 of his bout at 133 against Coe and then backed that up with a 19-3 technical fall at 141 against the Iowa State Club Team.

Dicks is now 11-6 on the season and his 11 victories are tops on Concordia.

Ty Johnson had the other win against Coe and, like Dick, his also came via a pin. He put his opponent's shoulders on the mat at the 45-second mark of his match at 149. The win was Johnson's eighth of the year and he is now 8-6 on the year.

In their match with the Iowa State Club Team, the Cobbers won the first four matches and then four of the final five bouts to come away with a 31-point victory.

The Cobbers won three bouts by a pin, two by a technical fall, two by forfeit and one by a decision.

Freshman Jake Nohre started the team meet by winning 4-0 at 125. Cole Kubesh won on a forfeit before Dick earned his technical fall and then Ben Baumgartner recorded a pin at the 38-second mark in his match at 149 to give CC a 20-0 lead.

Joe Heinz started the second half of Concordia's back end winning streak by earning a forfeit at 165. Jacob Johnson claimed a 2-0 decision at 174 to push the margin to 29-3. After the Cyclones won at 184, Ethan Kimber recorded a technical fall at 197 and then Kody Van Den Eykel pinned his opponent at 285.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will continue with their incredibly tough dual-meet schedule when they compete in the NWCA National Duals Meet on Jan. 4-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind.