Three-Match Win Streaks Ground Blue Hawks
DICKINSON, N.D. – It didn’t take long for No.6-ranked Concordia to get back on the dual-meet winning track. The Cobbers posted a pair of three-match win streaks at Dickinson State and rolled to a 21-14 win over the Blue Hawks.
The win was just what the doctor ordered less than five days after falling at Augsburg. Concordia traveled west to Dickinson, won six of the 10 individual bouts and improved their dual-meet record to 11-5 on the season.
The trio of lightweights gave Concordia the momentum in the match by recording the first three-match win streak. Jakob Stageberg, Gabe Foltz and No.4-ranked Jacoby Bergeron all posted wins to stake the Cobbers to a 10-0 lead.
Stageberg won 10-4 at 125 then Foltz followed with a 9-4 decision at 133. It was Stageberg’s 22nd win of the season and he is now 22-10 in his first season of collegiate wrestling. Bergeron dominated his match at 141 and earned an 11-3 major decision. It was Bergeron’s 18th consecutive win and improves his team-best record to 29-6 on the year. He is one win shy of breaking into the rare 30-win club and needs only 10 more victories to break the school record for wins in a single season.
Concordia dropped the next two bouts in the match and saw their lead shrink to 10-7. Senior Jake Krogstad then started the second three-match win streak by gaining a 6-4 decision at 165. Krogstad, who is currently ranked fourth in the latest national rankings, recorded his 16th win for the year and moves his record to 16-8.
No.8-ranked Sebastian Gardner and Brandon Larson followed Krogstad’s win with victories of their own to give Concordia an insurmountable 21-7 lead with two matches left.
Gardner won by a technical fall at 174. He finished off his opponent at the 4:52 mark after he pushed his lead to 18-0. Gardner is now 19-6 on the year and needs one more victory to become the fourth CC wrestler to reach the 20-win mark for the year.
Larson closed out the match with an 8-4 decision at 184. Larson is slowly rounding into form after not wrestling for almost a full month. Larson is 2-1 in his three matches in January and is now 10-4 overall.
Concordia will now have a 10-day break to train and prepare for their final multi-team invitational of the regular season. The Cobbers will next hit the mat on Jan. 7 when they participate in the North Country Open held at St. John’s.
Date: January 28, 2015
Location: Dickinson, N.D.
Arena: Scott Gymnasium
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
#6 Concordia-Moorhead 21, Dickinson State 14
125 – Jakob Stageberg (CC) dec. Brice Gorsline (DSU); 10-4 (Concordia 3-0)
133 – Gabe Foltz (CC) dec. Cade Coles (DSU); 9-4 (Concordia 6-0)
141 – No.4 Jacoby Bergeron (CC) maj. dec. Jordan Delp (DSU); 11-3 (Concordia 10-0)
149 – Seth Ehlang (DSU) maj. dec. Yonas Gebreab (CC); 9-0 (Concordia 10-4)
157 – Sean Elkins (DSU) dec. Ben Cousins (CC); 10-4 (Concordia 10-7)
165 – No.4 Jake Krogstad (CC) dec. Taylor Hodel (DSU); 6-4 (Concordia 13-7)
174 – No.8 Sebastian Gardner (CC) tech. fall Tyler Brown (DSU); 18-0 4:52 (Concordia 18-7)
184 – Brandon Larson (CC) dec. Jon Solano (DSU); 8-4 (Concordia 21-7)
197 – Hudson Buck (DSU) maj. dec. Danny Pike (CC); 10-2 (Concordia 21-11)
285 – Meyer Bohn (DSU) dec. Tyler Hoffman (CC); 11-5 (Concordia 21-14)