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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A Runner-Up and an All-American

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Concordia recorded 16 total wins and had eight of their 10 wrestlers record at least one victory but it was the performances of sophomore Gabe Zierden and senior Alex Skaare that stole the show at the NWCA Division III National Meet.

Zierden and Skaare both got to the podium at the meet to earn NWCA All-American honors. Zierden was second at 197 and Skaare was seventh at 174. They become the first Cobber All-Americans since 2016 when Jakob Stageberg earned NCAA All-American honors. They also push the Concordia All-American total, in either NAIA, NCAA or NWCA to 39.

Zierden stormed through the bracket at 197 and advanced all the way to the championship match. He became the first Cobber wrestler to compete in a national finals bout since Phil Moenkedick won the NCAA Championship in 2011. Zierden also follows the same path as Moenkedick. Moenkedick was the runner-up as a sophomore before he won back-to-back titles.

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Cobbers Send 10 To NWCA DIII Meet

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Cole Kubesh and Gabe Zierden highlight a group of 10 Cobbers headed to the National Coaches Wrestling Association (NWCA) DIII Championship Meet on Mar. 12-13 at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The NWCA meet is in lieu of the NCAA National Championship Meet that was cancelled earlier in the year.

Kubesh is seeded No.2 in the 125-lb weight class while Zierden is No.4 at 197. The Cobbers have two other wrestlers who are also seeded in their weight class. Senior Alex Skaare is No.7 at 174 and sophomore Cade Lundeen is No.10 at 141.

Kubesh is 1-0 on the year with his win coming in the Cobbers’ exhibition dual with St. John’s. He posted a 6-3 decision over Gabriel Ramirez. Kubesh is 23-9 in the past two seasons and earned a spot at the NCAA National Meet last season.

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