Heinz Wins Title At Worthington

Senior Joe Heinz went 4-0 and won the 165-lb weight class at the Worthington Open.
Senior Joe Heinz went 4-0 and won the 165-lb weight class at the Worthington Open.

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (1/20/18)---Concordia continues to take small steps forward as they progress towards the end of the season. Senior Joe Heinz led a group of four Cobbers who all finished in the Top 4 at the Worthington Open.

Heinz, who posted one of the two wins in Concordia's dual-meet against #1 Augsburg on Thursday, went 4-0 on the day and won the 165-lb weight class at the open tournament. Heinz beat a pair of wrestlers from Division I South Dakota State and won three of his four bouts by decision.

Kody Van Den Eykel, Aaron Dick and Alex Skaare were the other three Cobber wrestlers to finish in the Top 4 in their weight class.

Van Den Eykel earned his second straight runner-up finish at an open meet as he went 3-1 and finished second at 197. Last week Van Dan Eykel placed second at the Matman Invite. He has now won 10 out of his last 15 matches and is 14-11 for the season.

Dick rebounded from a loss on Thursday to post a third-place finish at the Worthington Open. Dick was also 3-1 on the day with his only loss coming to Garrett Vos from No.1-ranked DII school St. Cloud State. Dick posted a pin in his first match over Andrew Smith from St. John's. Dick also had a major decision win in the quarterfinals and a 6-2 victory in the third-place match.

Dick added to his team-leading win total for the year. He is now 18-10 for the season.

Alex Skaare recorded his second straight place-winner finish at an open meet. Last weekend he was eighth at the Matman Invite and he upped that finish by four spots on Saturday. Skaare went 2-2 and finished fourth at 149. He won his first two matches by pin but then dropped his match in the semifinal and third-place bout.

Travis Ostby and Cole Kubesh were also place winners at Worthington. Ostby went 3-2 and was sixth at 165 while Kubesh went 2-2 and was eighth at 125.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST: Heinz is putting up some of the best matches in his career. He is 9-2 in his last 11 matches and is now 17-9 for the year.    

- Jake Nohre 2-2; Cole Kubesh 2-2, 8th place
133 - Aaron Dick 3-1, 3rd place
149 - Alex Skaare 2-2, 4th place
157 - Keaton Long 2-2
165 - Joe Heinz 4-0, 1st place; Travis Ostby 3-2, 6th place; Travis Deegan 1-2; Patrick Griffin 1-2
197 - Kody Van Den Eykel 3-1, 2nd place

Concordia will have a pair of home dual meets next week. The Cobbers will host St. John's on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and then step outside NCAA competition and square off against NAIA foe Dickinson State on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.