Freshman Adam Jaeger led Concordia at the Worthington Open as he won the championship in the 157-lb weigh class. Jaeger was one of seven Cobber wrestlers to record a Top 6 finish at the meet.
Jaeger’s title in the 157 pound weight class included four straight match wins, which culminated in a rematch of last year’s Minnesota State High School League state championship match. Jaeger defeated Augustana’s Jacob Tvinnereim 5-3 in an almost exact duplicate of his 3-1 victory over Tvinnereim in the state title bout. The Cobber freshman attributed his stellar performance to wrestling free and loose, a style that helped him outscore his four opponents by a cumulative 22 points.
Jaeger’s victory over Tvinnereim also served as a measure of revenge, as Tvinnereim had defeated fellow Cobber Alex Skaare in a nail-biter earlier in the day. Wrestling at 157, Skaare proved unfazed despite the loss as he joined Jaeger on the podium with a fifth-place finish after posting a 4-1 record on the day. All four of Skaare’s victories came by wide margins as he earned three major decisions and one pin.
Wrestling in his hometown, freshman 133-pounder Jacob Prunty followed his roommate Jaeger’s lead in making the finals. It was a runner-up finish in for Prunty in the end, but his day began on a very high note as he soundly defeated Division II national qualifier Brandon Carroll of Augustana University. Prunty earned another win over a Division II opponent in the semifinals.
Kaden Spindler and Michael Miller were the other freshmen earning places for Concordia, as Spindler earned 6th-place at 174 pounds and Miller finished in 4th-place at 125 pounds.
For the upperclassmen, it was Nick Gravdahl and Travis Ostby leading the way, as they each earned third place in their respective weight categories. Ostby went 3-1 on the day, but even more impressive was that all three of his wins came by pin, and he dispatched each of those three opponents in under five minutes.
Like Ostby, Gravdahl proved completely dominant in his wins, outscoring his opponents in those matches by a whopping margin of 32-4. Only a loss to a Minnesota Golden Gopher kept Gravdahl from storming into the finals.
Freshmen Addy Harrington and Noah Carter, along with sophomore Bryce Kallenbach, also notched wins for the Cobbers, helping those seven place winners lead the team to a total of 22 wins, including 13 bonus point victories as Concordia continues to score points and pin opponents at phenomenal rates.
The Cobbers return to action in Collegeville, Minn. on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. when they square off against Saint John’s.