Dankers and Moenkedick named to 2011 Division III All-Academic Team

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Concordia seniors Phil Moenkedick and Ross Dankers received National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American honors it was announced on Monday.

It is the third straight year that Moenkedick has earned NWCA Scholar All-American honors. Dankers earns the award for the second consecutive season. The pair is the 10th and 11th wrestlers to earn Scholar All-American honors in the history of the program.

Moenkedick and Dankers helped Concordia finish seventh at the NCAA Championship Meet – the highest finish in program history. The Cobbers also ended the year ranked seventh in the nation in the final Brute-Adidas NWCA Division III poll. Concordia went 11-2 during the dual season and won their final nine dual matches. During the season the Cobbers posted wins over defending national champion Augsburg and nationally ranked St. John’s. CC also won the North Central Invite in December.

To be eligible for NWCA Scholar All-American honors an athlete must have at least a 3.20 grade point average and have a winning record during the season. In addition, the athlete must have qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet, placed in the NCAA Regional or won at least 66.0% of his matches during the season.

Moenkedick capped his career by winning his second straight NCAA National Championship. He became the only Cobber wrestler in program history to win back-to-back NCAA titles. He also finished with 135 career wins which is the most in school history. Moenkedick has a 3.50 grade point average while majoring in Physical Education and Health. Last year he also earned prestigious ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors.

Dankers carries a 3.20 GPA while majoring in Physical Education and Health. He finished his career with an 81-66 record and won at least 23 matches in his junior and senior seasons. Dankers earned All-American honors in 2010 after finishing in eighth place at the NCAA Meet.

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