National Learning Curve Grows At NWCA National Duals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Concordia continued their national-level learning curve at the NWCA National Duals meet. The Cobbers went 1-2 with both losses coming to teams ranked in the Top 10 of Division III.
Concordia started the meet by dropping a 22-18, nail-biting decision to No.3-ranked Wabash (Ind.). CC led the Little Giants 18-16 with two individual matches left in the contest, but a pair of close decision wins by Wabash sent the Cobbers to a 4-point loss.
The Cobber rebounded in the opening round on the consolation side of the bracket by rolling over Dubuque 31-6. CC won eight of the final nine individual bouts against the Spartans, including a trio of technical fall wins.
Concordia ran out of gas in their second-round consolation match against No.10 Johnson & Wales (R.I.). CC won two of the first four matches against the Wildcats to bring the score to 8-6, but then Johnson & Wales rattled off six straight victories to post the 33-6 decision.
Freshman Ty Bisek was the only Concordia wrestler to post an unblemished record on the day. He went 3-0 with a pin and a pair of decision wins at 133. Bisek recorded a pin at 2:52 of his opening match against Andrew Sinkovics of Wabash. He then won 9-2 over Carson Sauriol of Dubuque and ground out a 12-10 win against Gabriel Leo-Esparolini of Johnson & Wales.
Bisek has won eight of his last nine matches and is 15-3 on the season. His 15 wins are team-high.
Kellen Schauer (149), Kaden Spindler (174) and Ayden Friese (184) all recorded a pair of wins at the meet. Schauer’s only loss came against No.10-ranked Alex Barr of Wabash in the opener. He responded with a 5-3 decision over Luke Radeke of Dubuque and then capped off his day with a 4-3 win over Thomas DiResta of Johnson & Wales.
Schauer is now 9-7 on the season.
Spindler came through with the only other win for CC against Wabash. He scored a 4-2 win over Raymond Arebalo. Spindler then made it two straight wins with a 20-2 technical fall cruise against Julius Boimah of Dubuque. Like Schauer, Spindler’s only loss on the day came at the hands of a nationally-ranked wrestler. He lost to No.6-ranked Michael Ross of Johnson & Wales.
The two wins push Spindler’s season record to 10-8 on the year.
Friese followed the theme set by Schauer and Spindler as he went 2-1 with his only loss coming against a Top 10 opponent. Friese was involved in the closest match of the day for a Cobber in his opening bout against Charles Baczek of Wabash. Friese prevailed 3-2 in the second tiebreaker period. He then put up his second decision win with a 7-2 victory over Jaymoreye Gonzales of Dubuque. The only loss for Friese was against No.8-ranked Ryan DeVivo of Johnson & Wales.
Like Spindler, Friese has now upped his season win total into double digits. He is 10-9 and the fourth member of CC to have at least 10 wins for the season.
The best 1-2 wrestler of the entire tournament was Cobber heavyweight Chase Dockter. He lost a narrow 3-0 decision against Max Bishop of Wabash who is the No.1 heavyweight in the nation. Dockter’s other loss on the day came in the first sudden-victory period against No.8-ranked Liridon Leka of Johnson & Wales.
UP NEXT: Concordia will participate in its first multi-team invitational meet since Dec. 5 when they compete at the Cliff Keen/Mike Dunroe Invite on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Champ. Round 1
Wabash defeated Concordia-Moorhead 22-18
125 – Carlos Champagne (Wabash) over Cole Kubesh (CONC) Maj 17-3
133 – Ty Bisek (CONC) over Andrew Sinkovics (Wabash) Fall 2:52
141 – Gavinn Alstott (Wabash) over Jacob Prunty (CONC) Dec 7-5
149 – Alex Barr (Wabash) over Kellen Schauer (CONC) Fall 3:53
157 – Tyler Bents (CONC) over Tyson Nisley (Wabash) Fall 4:02
165 – Kyle Hatch (Wabash) over Bret Wilson (CONC) Dec 8-5
174 – Kaden Spindler (CONC) over Raymond Arebalo (Wabash) Dec 4-2
184 – Ayden Friese (CONC) over Charles Baczek (Wabash) TB-2 3-2
197 – Jack Heldt (Wabash) over Gabriel Zierden (CONC) Dec 5-0
285 – Max Bishop (Wabash) over Chase Dockter (CONC) Dec 3-0
Cons. Round 1
Concordia-Moorhead defeated Dubuque 31-6
125 – Cade Hornback (DBQ) over Cole Kubesh (CONC) Dec 5-4
133 – Ty Bisek (CONC) over Carson Sauriol (DBQ) Dec 9-2
141 – Jacob Prunty (CONC) over Jesus Sanchez (DBQ) Dec 3-0
149 – Kellen Schauer (CONC) over Luke Radeke (DBQ) Dec 5-3
157 – Zarik Anderson (DBQ) over Tyler Bents (CONC) Dec 8-5
165 – Bret Wilson (CONC) over Evan Atchley (DBQ) TF 15-0
174 – Kaden Spindler (CONC) over Julius Boimah (DBQ) TF 20-2
184 – Ayden Friese (CONC) over Jaymoreye Gonzales (DBQ) Dec 7-2
197 – Gabriel Zierden (CONC) over Tyler Thurston (DBQ) TF 17-2
285 – Chase Dockter (CONC) over Robert Melise (DBQ) Dec 3-1
Cons. Round 2
Johnson & Wales (RI) defeated Concordia-Moorhead 36-6
125 – Justin Lopez (J&W) over Cole Kubesh (CONC) Maj 15-3
133 – Ty Bisek (CONC) over Gabriel Leo-Esparolini (J&W) Dec 12-10
141 – Hayden Brown (J&W) over Jacob Prunty (CONC) Maj 11-1
149 – Kellen Schauer (CONC) over Thomas DiResta (J&W) Dec 4-3
157 – Darius Joyce (J&W) over Tyler Bents (CONC) Dec 6-3
165 – Robert Garcia (J&W) over Bret Wilson (CONC) Fall 5:17
174 – Michael Ross (J&W) over Kaden Spindler (CONC) TF 16-0
184 – Ryan DeVivo (J&W) over Ayden Friese (CONC) TF 16-1
197 – Dylan Harr (J&W) over Gabriel Zierden (CONC) Fall 2:50
285 – Liridon Leka (J&W) over Chase Dockter (CONC) SV-1 3-1