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The Concordian  - February 15, 2002 

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Beware the wounded dog, men’s hockey still fighting 
 by James Martens - The Concordian

The Concordia men’s hockey team feels that they are in contention to make the playoffs after a weekend sweep of the Hamline Pipers.  

If all cards fall in the right order, the Cobbers could finish as high as second place in the MIAC hockey race.

Head Coach Steve Baumgartner feels that his team is right where they should be.

“We’re starting to peak at the right time,” Baumgartner said. “We wanted to peak at this time – right at the end of the season.”

The Hamline victory came after a one week bye in which the Cobbers had an opportunity to heal from various injuries suffered during the season.

“Thank God for the bye week,” Baumgartner said. “[Without it] we might not be talking about an
opportunity for the playoffs.”

The time off also gave the squad an opportunity to improve on their scoring – something that
Baumgartner had conceded as the main reason the team failed to win in January.

Baumgartner feels comfortable with his teams scoring as of late, especially when it comes to who is
scoring the goals.

“Our scoring is balanced from our top line to our fourth line,” Baumgartner said.  “We want [balanced
scoring] so that nobody can say ‘well, we’ve got to shut down this guy or this line and beat Concordia
College.’ We want teams to play the way we want them to play.”

The team realizes the circumstances it faces this weekend – they cannot lose either contest.

“We are already in a playoff mode,” Baumgartner said. “We know that if we lose a game we’re
done. Every game for us becomes a game seven, so if we lose – season’s over. You’re hanging the stuff up and you’re not playing next weekend or two weeks down the road.”

While the Cobbers find themselves in a very difficult position, they feel confident about their chances.

“We’ve put ourselves in this situation, and we’re like one of those wounded dogs stuck in a corner,”
Baumgartner said.  

The Cobbers have to fight their way out.

“In a one game playoff I will take us over anybody in the conference,” Baumgartner said.

Baumgartner’s pack of wounded dogs will get their chance to make the playoffs this weekend against St. Mary’s. The Friday night match should prove to have a playoff atmosphere and be very exciting to watch.

“I think it’s going to be a whale of a game,” Baumgartner said.

St. Mary’s team finds itself going in the opposite direction of the Cobbers – something Concordia hopes to capitalize on.

“They’re searching for things like we were in the early part of January when we couldn’t beat anybody,” Baumgartner said.  “We’ve come out of that, [and] they’re just into it. Hopefully they’ll stay into it for another two days.”

Concordia hosts St. Mary’s this weekend at the Moorhead Sports Center with the puck dropping at 7
p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Cobber track team breaking old records, ready for more 
by Kimberly Koch - The Concordian

Concordia’s track teams performed well at the Cobber Invitational last Saturday despite the fact that both were missing a few of their top athletes due to illness and injury. 

Both the men’s and the women’s teams earned an overall fourth place.

Senior Kirk Nelson ran an exciting 1,000 meters race, finishing first by a hundredth of a second with a
time of 2:35.81.  

“I tried to pass him [Nick Towner, University of Mary] with 250 meters to go, but couldn’t get around him,” Nelson said. “I decided to wait another lap until the homestretch where I finally caught him in the last ten meters and won by a shoulder.”

Nelson also anchored the winning distance medley relay, which consisted of senior Jason Karls and
juniors Nick Steffens, Brandon Topp and Nelson. They wiped away the competition with a time of 10:54.40, 23 seconds faster than second place MSU-Moorhead.

Other male athletes stealing the spotlight with second place finishes were seniors Paul Poduska, Nico
Zbacnik, and Brian Stotts. Poduska jumped a height of 6-4 1/2 in the high jump, Zbacnik leapt a distance of 43-2 1/4 in the long jump, establishing a personal record, and Stotts ran a time of 15:59.68 in the 5,000 meters.

The women’s team also performed well. 

Senior Beth Moen set a fast pace in the 5,000 meters, finishing first with a time of 19:07.87. Her time
verified both a personal record and was the fourth fastest time in school history.

“I was super surprised with my race,” Moen said. “I totally did not expect to PR; it was exciting.”

Sophomore Lisa Owen finished first in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:11.30 and also anchored the
winning distance medley relay made up of junior Liz Sorenson, freshmen Sheena Berg, Jen St. John and Owen.  

Their time of 13:18.31 is the seventh fastest time in school history.

Junior Mariah Mougey and senior Becky Lacher both provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in the weight throw. Mougey threw her season best with a toss of 46-0 3/4, placing fourth, while Lacher threw a personal best of 45-6 1/4.

Both teams compete again today at NDSU in the Bison Classic at 6 p.m.

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Wrestlers pleased with season, look towards next 
by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

There have been individual successes this season, but as a team, the Cobber wrestlers have had their ups and downs. 

While they have showed promise at times, frustration has been apparent at others.

Concordia finished with a 5-8 duals record this season. The young team was lead by senior Aaron
Swartz, who had 20 wins, while freshmen Dennis Kline and William Duppler adapted to the challenges of wrestling in the MIAC quickly. Duppler set a new school record for most wins by a first-year wrestler, with 26. Kline also had an impressive season with 22 wins.

“It felt good. I wasn’t really sure how I would do in college,” Duppler said. “I was pretty good in high
school, but I didn’t know if it would transfer over. Its a lot more intense than high school. Its more
physical and not as easy.”

The Cobber wrestling team started its difficult season in December with a 1-2 record in team meets,
losing to MSU-Moorhead on Dec. 5, and then splitting 1-1 at the Carleton-SDSU double dual meet Dec. 7.

“I think it was hard for us to come together as a team early on, but by the end of the year we felt much more like a team,” Kline said. “We wrestled more as a team. I wish we had more meets this year. We looked better as the season went on.”

The team came back to the cold weather after going down to the warm South to compete in the Florida duels during break, finishing with a 1-3 record.

“It went really well,” Swartz said. “We got to see some schools we really don’t see a lot of. There were 24 Division III schools competing at the event.”

On Jan. 11, Concordia won 27-21 at the Dickinson dual. The Cobbers then took fifth place at the
University of Mary’s tournament on Jan. 19.

Concordia placed third in the MIAC duals on Jan. 26, with a 2-2 record. The Cobbers beat Carleton and St. Olaf, but lost to Augsburg and St. John’s.

“I expected that we would finish somewhere in the middle,” Swartz said. “We had some really tough
opponents that were nationally ranked in [Division III] like Augsburg and St. John’s.”

At the MIAC duels, Duppler broke the school record for most wins by a first-year wrestler, with 22 wins, which broke the previous record set in the 1995-96 season by All-American Nathan Reiff, 1999
Concordia graduate. The Cobbers senior Jason Dubord and freshman Peter Benson both helped the team each posting a 3-1 record.

Concordia then headed to Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Feb. 2 for a tournament and finished seventh. Swartz was the only Cobber to win his weight class, which was 133-pounds by a 5-3 decision against Jared Esala from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Concordia’s final meet in preparation for the MIAC tournament was against Jamestown on Feb. 7. The team lost 28-9. Duppler, Swartz and Kline all had victories by decision in their weight classes, but it wasn’t enough against a strong Jamestown squad.

The team will head to Carleton on Feb. 23 for the MIAC tournament, which is also a qualifiers meet for the NCAA Division III tournament held March 1-2.

“We have a lot of freshmen,” Kline said. “The older guys gave us a lot of support and helped us out. The seniors made this season fun. It’s too bad they are leaving. The seniors made the freshmen feel welcome. Coming to college is hard and a taking on a sport is tough as a freshman. It is a tough adjustment from high school, but they give us good advice.”

The young team looks forward to next season to try to improve on their 5-8 duels record and is hoping that there will be more promise and less frustration than this year.

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