MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia opens its 2012-13 competitive schedule on Saturday when they compete at the Bison Open starting at 9 a.m. The Cobbers begin the season ranked 14th in the first National Wrestling Coaches Association DIII poll.
In addition to the team’s national rankings, Concordia also has a pair of individuals ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes. All-American Nathan Schmitz starts the year ranked third in the nation at 197 and senior Tom Bouressa is sixth at 285. Schmitz finished fifth at last year’s NCAA National Meet to earn his All-American award. Bouressa qualified for the national meet last year after finishing in fourth place in 2011.
Concordia is coming off another top 15 showing at the NCAA Division National Meet in 2012. The Cobbers placed 13th with 27.5 team points. It marked the third straight year they have finished in the top 15 at nationals. Along with team, success, CC has also enjoyed individual accomplishments. Concordia has produced nine All-Americans in the past five years.
The Cobbers also have five wrestlers in the d3wrestle.com individual rankings. Besides Schmitz and Bouressa, Kyle LeDuc is ranked 15th at 149 and Kevin Fynboh and Chris Harrison are in the top 25 at 157 and 184.
Concordia will open their home schedule on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. The Cobbers will square off against Ridgewater CC in a dual meet on Friday, Nov, 16 at 7 p.m. and then host the annual Finn Grinaker Open on Saturday, Nov. 17 starting at 9 a.m.
2012-13 Cobber Wrestling Preview – d3wrestle.com