ELMHURST, Ill. — It was a 629-mile road trip to Illinois for the Cobbers in their first multi-team invitational of 2023, but the results were well worth the bus miles. Concordia had eight wrestlers post top-6 finishes at the Elmhurst Al Hanke Invitational, which helped the team place second in the 18-team meet.
Sophomore Ty Bisek led the charge for the Cobbers. He won all five of his matches and claimed the title in the 133-lb weight class. Bisek breezed through his first three matches with a pair of pins and a tech fall win. His closest match of the day came in the semifinals, where he outlasted Dominik Mallinder of Wis.-Whitewater in a 3-1 decision. Bisek advanced to the championship bout, where he beat Tuvsin Zunnbayan of Harper College (Ill.).
The five wins give Bisek a team-leading 19 for the season and ups his overall record to 19-1 on the year.
Concordia had three athletes record 4th-place finishes. Jacob Prunty, Alex Rapelje and Gabe Zierden all came through with multiple-win invites and finished in the Top 5.
Prunty’s 4th-place finish at 149 was probably the most impressive out of the trio. Prunty came up with the win of the day for CC when he upset No.2-ranked Ryan Fleck of the Univ. of Chicago in the second round. Prunty earned the win in the first period of sudden victory with a takedown which gave him a thrilling 15-13 victory.
Prunty finished the day with a 4-2 mark and is now 16-7 for the season.
Rapelje, who is the newest member of the Cobbers after joining the team for the second semester, went 3-1 at 174 to claim his 4th-place finish. He posted bonus-point wins in his first two college matches and then won 4-3 in the quarterfinals. His championship hopes were stopped by No.3-ranked Seth Brossard of Wis.- La Crosse.
Zierden cruised through his first three matches at 197 with a tech fall and then two pins. He lost in the semifinals to Peyton Smith of Concordia (Wis.), before ending his day with a no-contest and medical forfeit in the 3rd-place match.
Tyler Bents, Kie Anderson, Ayden Friese and Connor Chloupek were the other four members of the Cobbers to finish in the top 6 of their weight classes. Bents was fifth at 157 after going 4-1 on the day. He is now 11-4 for the year.
Anderson, Friese and Chloupek all recorded 6th-place finishes. Anderson went 3-3 at 125. His three wins are the first of his college career.
Friese and Chloupek both went 2-2 on the day. Friese was sixth at 174 with a major decision and decision wins. Chloupek had a pin on his trek to sixth place at 184.
UP NEXT: Concordia will continue with multi-team invitational meets when they travel to Collegeville to participate in the North Country Open on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.
Al Hanke Invitational Final Team Standings
- UW LaCrosse – 193.5
- Concordia MN – 110.0
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – 103.5
- University of Chicago – 89.5
- Stevens Point – 70.5
- Harper College – 54.5
- North Central College – 53.0
- Elmhurst University – 49.0
- Concordia University – 45.0
- Wheaton College – 45.0
- Eureka College – 43.0
- Millikin University – 36.5
- Carthage College – 24.5
- Milwaukee School of Engineering – 22.0
- Joliet Junior College – 12.0
- Henry Ford – 9.0
- St John’s – 9.0
- Morton College – 0.0