MOORHEAD, Minn. – Concordia jumped to No.6 in the team rankings and Concordia has six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of the nation.
Fresh off their wins over DIII nationally ranked teams Augsburg and St. John’s and their win over Division II nationally ranked MSU Moorhead, the Cobbers climbed to their highest ranking in school history. Concordia was also ranked sixth for one week in the beginning of December last year. Concordia is currently 10-2 in dual meets and has won eight straight duals.
Concordia has six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of the nation which is the most they have ever had in one ranking period. It ties for the most of any team in the Great Lakes Region and is among the top for all teams in the nation.
Cobber senior Phil Moenkedick continued to hold tight to his spot as the top wrestler in the 184-lb weight class. Moenkedick, the defending national champion, is currently 26-1 on the season and has won 24 straight matches after losing to Kevin Steinhaus of the University of Minnesota in the opening invite of the season. Steinhaus is currently ranked No.8 in Division I and is 25-8 on the year.
Despite not losing since Jan. 8, Justin Berns dropped from No.5 to No.6 at 157. Berns is currently 22-3 on the year and has won 18 of his last 19 matches. His only loss during that time came to Carrington Banks of Wartburg who is ranked No.3 in Division III
Moenkedick and Berns recently surpassed the school record for wins in a career. They both have 126 career wins which is two better than the old mark of 124 held by Steve Larsen.
The other Cobber wrestlers ranked in the top 10 include Ben Presler, Daron Hohbein, Ross Dankers and Tom Bouressa. Presler is 16-11 on the year and ranked No.6 at 125. He has won eight off his last nine matches. Hohbein is ranked 10th at 133 and is 10-4 this season. Dankers, a 2010 All-American, is 19-6 on the year and ranked fifth at 174. He has been in the top 10 of the nation the entire season. Bouressa is the newest member of the Cobber national ranking crew. Entering the top 10 for the first time in his career, Bouressa is 19-4 on the year and ranked No.10 at 285. He has won 15 of his last 16 matches with his only loss coming to John Helgerson of Wartburg who finished second in the NCAA national meet last season, is currently the No.1 ranked wrestler in the nation and is 35-4 on the year.
Concordia has one more dual meet in the 2010-11 season before competing in the NCAA Great lakes Regional. The Cobbers will square off against the University of Mary on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Bismarck, N.D.