Concordia 28, MSU-Moorhead 7

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team held a 7-3 lead after three weight classes, but Concordia College won the final seven in earning a 28-7 nonconference dual wins over the Dragons on Tuesday night at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.

MSUM fell to 5-8 overall while Concordia, ranked No. 8 in the latest Division III poll, improved to 14-4 on the season.

MSU-Moorhead Dragons“Overall we wrestled hard,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “They took more shots and were more aggressive then we were. And they won a couple of close matches.”

The dual got off to a promising start for the Dragons as freshman Blake Bosch controlled the match at 125 in earning a 10-4 win over Gabe Foltz.

“Blake Bosch gave a good effort,” Nelson said. “He controlled the match for seven minutes.”

Concordia tied the match at 3-3 with a win at 133, but senior Connor MacGregor put MSUM back in front with an 8-0 major decision win over Yonas Gebreab at 141 pounds. That gave MSUM a 7-3 lead.

“Connor MacGregor did a really good job stepping in,” Nelson said.

The Cobbers tied the dual at seven apiece when Jake Long beat MSUM freshman Garret Hoffner but major decision (13-4) at 149 pounds.

Concordia won the next three matches by decision to build a 16-7 lead. At 184 pounds, the match was close as Dragon senior Matt Lewellen battled Chris Harrison tough, but Harrison recorded two escapes in a 2-0 win to push Concordia’s lead to 19-7.

The Cobbers won by decision at 197 and by fall at 285 to make the final count 28-7.

The Cobbers will have a seven-day break before finishing off the “regular season” when they host Minnesota rival St. John’s in a dual match on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

MSUM is back in action on Thursday at home against Minot State. The dual begins at 7 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Concordia 28, MSU-Moorhead 7
125-Blake Bosch (MSUM) dec. Gabe Foltz, 10-4
133-Jacoby Bergerson (CC) dec. Shane Novak, 8-2
141-Connor MacGregor (MSUM) maj. dec. Yonas Gebreab, 8-0
149-Jake Long (CC) maj. dec. Garret Hoffner, 13-4
157-Kyle LeDuc (CC) dec. Dan Murakami, 8-3
165-Jake Krogstad (CC) dec. Shawn Porter, 8-4
174-Sebastian Gardner (CC) dec. Conner Monk, 8-4
184-Chris Harrison (CC) dec. Matt Lewellen, 2-0
197-Delson Saintal (CC) dec. Tyler Schlosser, 11-4
285-Cody Kasprick (CC) pinned Gerad Fugleberg, 2:00

Match Notes:
– Concordia is ranked 6th in the latest NWCA Division III poll.
– #6 Concordia is now 14-4 in dual meets this season.
– The 14 wins improves on their school record for most dual-meet wins in a season.
– MSU Moorhead is now 5-8 in dual meets this season.
– Concordia won the final seven individual bouts and eight of the 10 in the match.
– Concordia won 6 bouts by decision, 1 by pin fall and 1 by major decision.
– Dickinson State won 1 bout by major decision and 1 by decision.
– No.5-ranked Jacoby Bergeron from Concordia is now 23-7 on the year.
– No.7-ranked Jake Long from Concordia is now 21-7 on the season
– No.4-ranked Cody Kasprick from Concordia is now 20-9.

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