Five Cobbers earn NWCA Scholar All-American honors

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia had five individuals earn National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American honors and finished in the Top 15 in the All-Scholar team awards.

Ty Bisek (Jr. New London, Minn./New London-Spicer HS), Ayden Friese (Sr., Granite Falls, Minn.), Elijah Hunt (Sr., St. Peter, Minn.), Kellen Schauer (Sr., Bovey, Minn./Grand Rapids HS) and Gabe Zierden (Sr., Albany, Minn.) all received the honor handed out by the national coaches association.

The five wrestlers, who were all place winners for the Cobbers at the Upper Midwest Regional Meet, helped Concordia finish in the Top 15 of Division III in the Team Scholar honors. Concordia finished the year with a 3.62 team grade point average, marking an unprecedented fifth straight year that the Cobbers have finished with a team GPA above 3.00.

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Ali Sprenger learns, grows as first-year head coach

NEW ULM — New Ulm native Ali (Bernard) Sprenger said that her first year as head women’s wrestling coach at Augsburg University was a huge learning and career opportunity.

“And I knew right away that this was the right choice and the clear path for me to take,” she said. “There was a lot of learning and a lot of memorable moments that I am excited to continue to build off of.”

Sprenger said that she learned that there is more than just teaching and coaching wrestling techniques to her wrestlers.

“There is scheduling to budget management,” she said. “Being a coach to do all of that is so important and that was a big learn for me.” Continue reading at nujournal.com →