Moorhead, MN — Phil Moenkedick used a single point for riding time to post a 2-1 win in the NCAA Championship match at 184 and become the first Cobber wrestler to earn-back-to-back NCAA titles in school history.
Moenkedick’s championship victory helped Concordia capture seventh place which is the highest finish at a national meet in school history. The Cobbers finished with 52.0 total team points, also the most in program history. Wartburg captured its eighth national championship with 117.0 points.
Joining Moenkedick as All-American was senior Justin Berns and sophomore Tom Bouressa. Berns earned his second straight All-American honor. He finished fifth at 157 and becomes only the third wrestler in school history to earn back-to-back All-American honors. Bouressa was unseeded headed into the national meet and went 3-2 to finish in fourth place at 285. It is the first All-American honor for the sophomore.
It is the second straight year that Concordia has had three wrestlers earn All-American honors at the NCAA National Meet.
Moenkedick finished off his career with a pair of wins on championship Saturday. He beat Seth Rehn of Coe 8-5 in the semifinals and then outlasted Ben Engelland of UW-Stevens Point 2-1 in the title match. In the championship match, both wrestlers scored a single point for escapes after the start of the second and third periods. The difference in the match came down to Moenkedick’s ability to keep Engelland on the mat of the start of the third period and earn valuable riding time. Engelland was able to escape late in the third period time and by that point, Moenkedick had posted 1:22 worth of riding time which was good enough for the decisive point in the match. Engelland lost only two matches this year, and both came against Moenkedick.
Moenkedick finishes his season at 34-1 with his only loss coming to the top wrestler at 184 from the University of Minnesota who is currently ranked No.8 in NCAA Division I. Moenkedick finished his career with a streak of 49 consecutive wins against Division III wrestlers. In his four years at Concordia, Moenkedick recorded three seasons with 30-plus wins, earned three All-American honors, and went 134-10 with 64 pins. His 134 career victories and 64 career pin falls are school records. Since his freshman season, Moenkedick went 98-4 and lost only twice to Division III opponents.
Berns won his second straight All-American honor by going 4-2 at 157. He lost a tough 2-1 decision in the tie-breaker to eventual national championDan Twito of the Merchant Marines. Berns then lost in the wrestleback semifinals but close out his career like a true All-American as he beat Erik Hanson of Loras 10-1 in the fifth-place match.
Berns went 30-6 in his final season. It was his fourth straight 30-win season and he ends his four years with a career mark of 133-39. His win total is second only to Moenkedick’s on the school’s all-time list. Berns won 38 matches in his sophomore season which is tied for the top single season mark in program history. He is also only the third multiple NCAA All-American in program history.
Bouressa finished his amazing sophomore season by placing fourth at 285. He went 3-2 at the national meet to finish his season at 26-8. Bouressa started Saturday by losing 4-0 to No.2 seed Mark Corsello of Elmhurst. Bouressa then turned around and beat Derick Hesson of Mount Union 3-2 in the wrestleback semifinals. He then lost a one-point decision in the third-place match to Brock Glotfelty of McDaniel. Bouressa’s fourth-place finish is the highest finish by a Cobber wrestler not named Moenkedick since the 1988 season when Brett Larson also finished in eighth place.
Final Top 10 Team Scores
1. Wartburg – 117.0
2. Augsburg – 88.5
3. UW La Crosse – 76.5
4. Ithaca – 72.5
5. Coe – 67.0
6. St John’s – 64.5
7. Concordia – 52.0
T8. Merchant Marine – 37.0
T8. Mount Union – 37.0
10. Elmhurst – 32.0