Zierden’s Hollywood Finish Leads Cobbers At Regionals

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — In a storyline only a Hollywood scriptwriter could create, senior Gabe Zierden finally gets his chance to compete in an NCAA National Meet and becomes a region champion all in the same day.

And to make it even more dramatic, he earns his ticket to nationals by beating his arch nemesis, whom he had never beaten and had kept him out of the national meet last year.

Zierden’s future award-winning, feel-good movie and Concordia’s six other podium finishers helped the Cobbers post a sixth-place finish in the team standings at the Upper Midwest Regional Meet.

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7 Cobbers Advance To Day 2 At NCAA Regionals

EVENS POINT, Wis. — It was the lucky number seven for the Cobbers on Friday at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional Meet. Concordia had seven wrestlers advance to Saturday after a rollercoaster Day 1.

The Cobbers’ two nationally-ranked wrestlers both survived the opening day, but both will have to take difference paths to qualify for nationals.

No.11-ranked Gabe Zierden rolled through his first two matches at 197, posted a milestone victory and will wrestle in the semifinals on Day 2, while No.4-ranked Ty Bisek was upset in the quarterfinals and will have to work his way through the consolation bracket if he wants to grab one of the three national spots at 133.

Zierden scored two bonus-point wins on Friday. He opened with a 9-1 major decision and then collected a pin in the quarterfinals. The win in the quarterfinals was Zierden’s 100th career victory as a Cobber. He becomes the 10th wrestler in program history to reach the 100-win mark.

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It’s Go Time For #23 Cobbers At Upper Midwest Regionals

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It’s go time for the No.23-ranked Cobbers. They’ve waited all season to get to this point. The wait is over, and the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional is upon Concordia when they travel to Stevens Point, Wis., on Mar. 1-2.

The Cobbers will be looking to build on last year’s regional meet when Ty Bisek qualified for nationals by finishing in third place at 133 and went on to earn All-American honors. CC also had seven wrestlers finish as place-winners at last year’s meet.

This year, head coach Quincy Osborne will be hoping to push multiple wrestlers to the NCAA National Meet. Experience will be on CC’s side this year as they have five wrestlers back from last year’s regional lineup. Concordia also returned to the NWCA National Duals this year, which will give the Cobbers even more experience on a national stage.

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