Cobbers Have Very Big Goals

Concordia College Focuses on Constant Improvement

By Matt Krumrie

Quincy Osborn is excited about the upcoming Concordia Cobbers wrestling season for many reasons. The obvious is that the Cobbers and all DIII wrestling teams get to compete in a full season schedule is exciting in itself. Then, add in the fact that the Cobbers lineup features seven starters, and you know why Osborn is looking forward to the chance to compete.

Last season, the Cobbers were ranked No. 17 in the nation heading into March - just two votes outside the top 15. With an experienced lineup set to wrestle a full schedule, Osborn has high expectations this season. However, what's unique about this team is that of the ten projected starters, eight are underclassmen.

"This team is still relatively young by grade but veteran by experience," says Osborn. "Our team leadership is some of the best that I've ever been around as an athlete and coach. They have set some very big goals for the team this season, both academically and athletically."

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Bogart Named Academic All-American

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Former Concordia wrestling standout Benjamin Bogart (Alexandria, Minn.) received CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Bogart was selected to the Division III CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team in the team “at-large” category.

Bogart becomes the first Cobber student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors since Matthew Lilllehaugen earned the award in track and field in 2017. He is only the second Concordia wrestler to receive the honor. Adam Presler was named CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2017.

Bogart was one of only three student-athletes from the MIAC to receive Academic All-American honors in the “at-large” category – and one of only six wrestlers in all of Division III to receive the award.

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Bogart Earns CoSIDA Academic Honors

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia senior Benjamin Bogart (Alexandria, Minn.) was named to the Academic All-District At-Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The “At-Large” distinction covers student-athletes who compete in women’s crew/rowing, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s field hockey men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis and wrestling.

Bogart was one of only 11 student-athletes chosen for the District 6 At-Large Team. Concordia was one of only three schools in the district to have more than one student-athlete earn the award as men’s hockey senior Tyler Bossert also earned the honor.

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Cobbers have Eight NWCA Scholar All-Americans

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia had eight individuals earn National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American honors. Jacob Arends, Tyler Bents, Benjamin Bogart, Connor Chloupek, Kellen Schauer, Alex Skaare, Bret Wilson and Gabe Zierden all received the academic honor handed out by the NWCA.

Schauer, Skaare and Zierden all earn NWCA All-American honors for the second straight season.

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2021 NWCA Division III Scholar All-America Awards

Manheim, PA – On Monday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the 2021 Scholar All-American individual honorees for NCAA Division III with awards going to 413 individuals representing 84 institutions.

“In what has been a trying season for all, I’m excited to recognize these talented athletes who stayed the course in the classroom and continued their pursuit of excellence as they work toward their degrees,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “The NWCA and our Board of Directors remain committed to honoring outstanding academic performance and would like to thank the coaches, support staff, and administrators at these institutions for their commitment to their student-athletes .”

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