MOORHEAD, Minn. — Senior All-American Tom Bouressa led an impressive Concordia charge at the annual Finn Grinaker Cobber Invite on Saturday. Bouressa won the 285-lb weight class and in the process beat a pair of top wrestlers from NCAA Division I schools.
Bouressa was one of five Concordia wrestlers to place in the top 5 of the gold division at the invite. He was also one of two CC athletes to capture weight division titles at the meet. Sophomore Danny Pike won the 197-lb weight class in the maroon division which was for first-year athletes or wrestlers that didn’t have a lot of collegiate experience. Pike was the leader of a quartet of inexperienced Cobbers who all placed in the top 3 of the maroon division.
Bouressa started the invite by pulling out a 2-1 overtime decision against teammate Cody Kasprick. He then pulled out a 4-2 decision over Evan Knutson of North Dakota State in the semifinals. Knutson was the Bison’s starting wrestler at 285 last year and was in the lineup when NDSU wrestled a dual against No.24-ranked Boise State on Friday. Bouressa capped his afternoon by earning a hard-fought 2-1 decision over Cody Krumweide of Northern Iowa. Krumweide went 25-7 last season as a redshirt freshman for the Panthers and was a three-time Iowa high school state champion .
In addition to Bouressa’s title at 285, two other Cobber athletes wrestled in the title match in their weight class. Josten Coleman and Sebastian Gardner both lost in the championship match and both lost to Division I wrestlers from Northern Iowa. Coleman went 2-1 at 165 to claim his runner-up spot. He recorded a 10-9 decision over Jack Barnes of St. Cloud State in the quarterfinals and then pinned Riley Banach of Northern Iowa in the semifinals. Gardner also went 2-1 on the day. He started his invite at 174 by earning a 9-2 decision over Billy Dean of Southwest Minnesota State. Gardner then edged Cameron Schrempp of Dickinson State 3-2 in the semifinals.
Jordan Bendson and Chris Harrison came away with the other two top 5 finishes in the gold division for Concordia. Benson was 1-2 at 165 and placed fourth at 165 while Harrison went 2-1 and finished fifth at 174. Harrison lost his first match of the day but then came back to win his next two to finish fifth. His two wins were pin falls over wrestlers from MSU Moorhead and the University of Minnesota.
Pike, who also plays for the Cobber football team, went 3-0 at 197 to earn his championship. The biggest win of the meet for Pike came in the title bout where he posted a 15-10 decision over Colt Castlebury of North Dakota State who was the Kansas state high school champion last year.
Freshmen Chase Austvold, Gabe Foltz and Delson Saintal were the other three CC athletes to finish in the top 3 in the maroon division. Austvold placed second at 141 where he went 3-1. His only loss came in the championship match where he fell 9-3 to Gunner Wolfensperger of Northern Iowa. Foltz finished third at 125. He won his first two matches before falling in the semifinal 3-0 to Devin Wolf of North Dakota State. Saintal was the final member of the CC youngster trio to finish in the top 3. He went 3-1 at 197. His three wins came over athletes from Northern Iowa, St. Cloud State and Southwest Minnesota State.
Concordia will return to dual-meet action when they travel to Marshall, Minn. to take on Southwest Minnesota State on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.