1976-77 Concordia Wrestling

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Heavyweight champion Bennett retains National NAIA title

 Barry Bennett, a senior next fall from North St. Paul, MN, successfully defended his national Heavyweight wrestling championship by scoring a takedown in the last seven seconds in the championship match the NAIA Division Ill wrestling tournament held in Cheney, WA..

The co-captain of the Cobber wrestling team defeated Eastern Washington State College wrestler Don Wilson.   Bennett, who remained undefeated in 33 matches this season, was defending the title he won in 1976, which gave him the distinction of being the first Cobber to ever win an individual national title. As national champion last year he was chosen to represent the United States on a tour of Japan and Korea where the team wrestled in several meets.

 Bennett was also voted most valuable wrestler in the MIAC. He is a two-time All-Conference performer as a defensive tackle in football and is one of the tri-captains for the 1977 Concordia grid squad.

Cobber grapplers advance to national tournament.

Four Concordia wrestlers, led by defending national heavyweight champion Barry Bennett, advanced to the national tournament at Cheney, WA, in March.

Other Cobbers in the national competition were Tom Sorbo, 167-pound senior from Mound, MN; Dave Smith, 158-pound senior from Winona, MN; and Mark Jensen, 142pound sophomore from Brainerd, MN. Results were unavailable at press time.

Bennett, a junior from North St. Paul, MN, and a co captain of this year's Cobber team, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) wresfling meet in Pennsylvania, tics (NAIA) wrestling meet in Pennsylvania, where he picked off a national title in the unlimited division. As national champion he was chosen to represent the United States on a tour of Japan and Korea where the team wrestled in several meets against the foreign competition.

A two-time All-Conference performer as a defensive tackle in football, Benneff is also one of the tn-captains for the 1977 grid squad. To add to his titles, he was the only champion in this season's final conference meet and was named the outstanding wrestler for the toumament which was held at Augsburg.

Sorbo claimed runner-up title in the Augsburg tournament, and the Cobbers finished fourth behind the champion host.

For the season, the Cobbers were 6-6 in dual meets, and will lose only three seniors to graduation in May - Smith, Sorbo and Steve Johnson, 150 pounds from Lisbon, ND. Top records for the Cobber matmen were: Bennett at 25-0, Sorbo at 17-7, Jensen at 21-5, and Smith at 18-10.
 
 




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Mike Clark 118 Freshman Weal Fargo, ND
Vic Gailano 126 Sophomore Arlington Heighta, IL
Tom Gruhike 126 Freshman Aitkln, MN
Jeff Mann 134 Sophomore Moorhead, MN
Chuck Thompson 134 Junior Albert Lea, MN
Dan Troat 134 Freshman Silver Bay, MN
Tim Wiltrock 134 Sophomore Mankato, MN
Jeff Poliak 142 Junior Albert Lea, MN
Jim Poach 142 Freshman Little Falls, MN
Garrett Starr 142 Freshman Little Falls, MN
Sieve Egiand 150 Sophomore Albert Lea, MN
Mark Jensen 150 Sophomore Bralnerd. MN
Steve Johnson 150 Senior Lisbon, ND
Joel Jongewaard 150 Freshman Little Falls, MN
Jim Leinee 158 Freshman Bagley, MN
Dave Smiih 158 Senior Winona, MN
Doug Tweet 158 Junior Perham, MN
Jim McLeod 167 Freshman West Fargo, ND
Kevin Skaisky 167 Freshman Dllworth, MN
Tom Sorbo 167 Senior Mound, MN
Gregg Enger 177 Freshman Dllworth, MN
Kevin Lindberc 177 Sophomore Fertile, MN
Gregg Moriock 177 Sophomore Moorhead, MN
Gerald Howard 190 Junior Eden Prairie, MN
Dave Verley 190 Junior Canton, SD
Barry Bennett Hwt Junior North SI. Paul, MN
Dick Disamore Hwt Sophomore Sebeka, MN
Tim Hodel Hwt Junior International Fall, MN
John Hoiler Hwt Senior International Falls. MN


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The results for the season were:
St. Cloud Tournament: 3rd place out of 16 teams
St. Thomas Tournament: 2nd place out of 9 teams
All-Lutheran Tournament: 4th place out of 10 teams
MIAC Conference Meet: 4th place out of 8 teams

Dual Meet Record:
Concordia  44  St. Olaf  3
Concordia  17  St. Johnís  26
Concordia  19  Bemidji State  32
Concordia  12  UND   35
Concordia  23  Valley City State 18
Concordia  45  Gustavus  12
Concordia  34  Hamline  5
Concordia  45  Moorhead State 12
Concordia  4  NDSU   48
Concordia  16  Augsburg  26
Concordia  30  St. Thomas  10
Concordia  19  Waldorf  31 




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