Movin’ On Up In The National Rankings

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia moved up three spots in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III national rankings.

The Cobbers opened the year ranked 18th in the NWCA poll, and through the strength of their early-season competition and results, have moved up to No.15 in the DIII rankings.

Concordia also has two individuals who continue to be ranked in the Top 15 of their weight class. Junior Ty Bisek (New London, Minn./New London-Spicer HS) is locked in the No.3 spot at 133. He is 7-1 on the season with three pins and three wins by tech fall. Bisek claimed the 133-lb title at the St. John’s 4-Team Rumble on Nov. 11.

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Augsburg remains #1 while UW-Eau Claire Jumps from 9th to #3

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released the first regular season Division III Men’s Coaches rankings. These include the team tournament poll and national and regional individual rankings.

Augsburg (89.5 pts) remains solidly in first place ahead of archrival Wartburg (54.5 pts). UW-Eau Claire is making the massive jump from 9th to #3 (39.5 pts). Completing the Top Five are #4 UW-La Crosse (39 pts) and #5 Alvernia (38 pts), who each slide up one spot.

In the individual rankings, Augsburg leads the country with three top-ranked wrestlers (141, 184, 285). Wartburg has two (174, 197), while Johnson & Wales (125), UW-Eau Claire (133), McDaniel (141), UW-Lacrosse (157), and Alvernia(165) each have a single wrestler at the top of their respective weight class.

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Zierden Makes It Twice As Nice At Augsburg Invite

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Senior Gabe Zierden didn’t compete in the first meet of the season for the Cobbers, but since then, he’s made up for lost time.

Zierden went 2-0 and captured the 197-lb weight class championship in the gold division to lead the Cobbers at the highly competitive Augsburg Invitational.

Zierden was one of 19 Concordia wrestlers at the multi-team meet and one of six CC athletes who placed in the Top 8 of their weight class.

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Friese, Bisek & Zierden Lead Cobbers In Collegeville

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — Ty Bisek, Gabe Zierden and Ayden Friese won weight class titles and led Concordia at the Haws/Elton 4-Team Rumble hosted by St. John’s.

Bisek went 4-0 and claimed the title at 133, Zierden was a perfect 3-0 at 197, and Friese went unbeaten in a pair of matches at 285. The trio was a part of 17 Cobbers who posted Top 5 finishes at the meet, which featured host St. John’s, DII Univ. of Sioux Falls and Minnesota North-Itasca.

Bisek recorded a pair of wins over teammates Owen Bertram and Xander Spray but also had a pin at 2:12 against Nelson Anderson of Itasca and a pin at 3:00 over Beau Klingensmith of Sioux Falls in the championship match. Bisek, who is ranked third at 133 in Division III, is 7-1 on the year.

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