Manheim, PA – With the status of the NCAA Division III Championships still up in the air, teams have begun their return to competition, and with that comes the first edition of the D3 Coaches Rankings, including the individual top-10 ranking and the team tournament top-15 poll. Wabash College starts the year as the nation’s top-ranked team with 41 points, while there is a logjam for second place with Wartburg, John Carrol, and the Coast Guard Academy all with 39 points. Wisconsin La Crosse rounds out the top-five with 35 points.
By Matt Krumrie
The Concordia College wrestling team made great strides in 2019-2020 under first-year head coach Quincy Osborn. The Cobbers finished 6th out of 17 teams at the Upper Midwest DIII regional and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA DIII national tournament – the most national qualifiers since 2017 – before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season.
Osborn is optimistic that momentum will continue into this season – and for good reason – a deep and talented roster, led by ten wrestlers who are back for more this season.
"Cobber fans can expect to see a group of young men pushing the pace on the mat and constantly on the attack," says Osborn. "They can also expect the team to maintain high standards in the classroom and the community. Even though the structure of the season remains undefined, the goal of Concordia Wrestling – to finish with a team trophy at the national tournament – remains the same.”
Presidents Council will vote on season-of-participation waiver recommendation next week
The Division III Management Council is forwarding a recommendation to the Presidents Council to allow all Division III student-athletes to compete up to the established dates of competition/contest maximums without being charged a season of intercollegiate participation for this academic year.
The Presidents Council will review the recommendation during its Oct. 28 videoconference.
The blanket waiver request would not charge student-athletes a term of attendance for any term (semester/quarter) during the 2020-21 academic year in which they were eligible for competition.
Concordia Head coach Quincy Osborn released his recruiting class on Tuesday as the team prepares for the 2021 season.
“This is the largest and most geographically diverse recruiting class we have assembled in my time at Concordia,” Osborn said. “This group has a lot of high character guys who come to campus having excellent accolades on the mat and in the classroom.”
The incoming group of 15 student/athletes boasts wrestlers from nine different states. The geographical breakdown of the recruiting class includes Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Texas and Washington.