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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NWCA Announces the 2024 NCAA Division III Scholar All-American Awards

MANHEIM, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) proudly announces the 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s Scholar All-America awards for Individual and Team recipients. This year, a remarkable total of 418 wrestlers from 100 institutions have achieved the status of Scholar All-American.

Augsburg University leads the nation with an impressive 20 honorees, closely followed by the University of Chicago and the United States Coast Guard Academy, each boasting 14 distinguished recipients. Notable mentions include UW-La Crosse with 13, New York University with 12, Stevens Institute of Technology with 11, and UW-Eau Claire with ten awardees.

In the Team Scholar Awards, Johns Hopkins University takes the top spot with a remarkable GPA of 3.866, closely followed by Heidelberg University’s impressive 3.825. Ohio Northern University secures third place with a GPA of 3.786.

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Zierden’s Dream Season Reaches NCAA Title Match

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Gabe Zierden’s dream season finally came to an end in the 197-lb championship match at the NCAA National Meet.

Zierdan became the fifth athlete in program history to reach the championship match at an NCAA National Meet and the first since Phil Moenkedick in 2011.

Zierdan’s run to the title match helped the Cobbers score 15 points and finish in a tie for 25th place in the final team standings. It is the highest finish at an NCAA Meet for CC since the 2014 season.

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Zierden’s Senior Story Now Includes All-American Honors

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Gabe Zierden’s senior-year story just keeps getting better. Two weeks after earning his first-ever trip to the NCAA National Meet, Zierden never trailed in his first two matches on the biggest stage, posted back-to-back wins, and secured All-American honors.

Zierden claimed a pair of 8-2 decisions in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals at 197 at the DIII national meet to advance to the semifinals and secure himself a spot in the Top 8, which earn All-American honors.

Zierden became the first Cobber wrestler to advance to the semifinals at an NCAA National Meet since heavyweight Tom Bouressa got to the Final 4 in 2011.

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