Saturday rundown: Bulldogs on the court and on the mat
Three Bulldog teams will take to the road this weekend and head east into Iowa. We’ve got you covered with links to track live video/results and an outlook for each sport in action.
Concordia wrestling (4-3, 1-0 GPAC) at National Duals, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa Events Center
-Saturday vs. No. 8 Cumberland University (Tenn.), 11 a.m.
-Follow live scoring: TrackWrestling.com; View the bracket HERE.
Outlook: The Bulldogs changed course on Thursday night when they accepted an invite to the National Duals, where they will go on Saturday instead of the originally scheduled Hastings College Open. The National Duals, held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, feature 76 teams, 16 mats and five divisions – the NAIA included – in a large field of quality competition. Head coach Dana Vote’s team will face a significant test right away as it draws No. 8 Cumberland University (Tenn.) in its opening matchup. Depending on results, the Bulldogs will face either No. 2 Montana State-Northern or 14th-ranked Wayland Baptist (Texas) at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event includes 16 teams (all in the top 25 of the Intermat rankings) with championship and consolation brackets. Concordia is guaranteed two matches but will likely get at least three duals in on the weekend. Cumberland has eight nationally-ranked grapplers with both Jake Williams (149) and Cody Linton (184) coming in at No. 4 in their respective weight classes. Concordia has a solid dual team, as evidenced by its 4-3 record, but will again be without Austin Mogg (125) at the top of the lineup because of injury.
Outlook: There may not be a more difficult place in the NAIA to win than in Orange City, Iowa, where the Bulldogs have lost their last seven games since a 67-63 win at Northwestern on Feb. 5, 2005. Making matters more difficult is the absence of three starters (Kristen Conahan, Bailey Morris and Jericca Pearson) due to injury. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad will lean upon the capable 5-foot-10 frame of Tracy Peitz, who is coming off a big game in which she put up career highs with 26 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday’s win at Midland. Third-year head coach Chris Yaw’s Red Raiders lost top player Kendra De Jong to graduation but have not missed a beat. They have four players averaging a dozen or more points, led by Alli Engebretson (18.9 ppg). Behind Engebretson, Northwestern is undefeated and has won each game by nine points or more. The Bulldog upset bid will need a big boost from young players like Devin Edwards, Shelby Quinn and Karissa Segelke as Concordia enters play without several of its stars.
For greater detail on this matchup, click HERE.
Last 10 meetings
2/23/13 – Northwestern 85-83 (Seward)
2/2/13 – Northwestern 63-51 (Orange City)
1/2/13 – Concordia 71-68 (Seward)
2/6/12 – Concordia 76-62 (Seward)
1/4/12 – Northwestern 74-67 (Orange City)
2/24/11 – Northwestern 72-66 (Orange City)
1/3/11 – Northwestern 82-72 (Orange City)
12/12/09 – Northwestern 77-64 (Seward)
2/28/09 – Northwestern 80-78 OT (Orange City)
2/7/09 – Northwestern 78-66 (Orange City)
Outlook: First-year head coach Ben Limback and his Bulldogs will look to break up Northwestern’s series dominance (last 10 meetings below) and end a three-game conference skid on Saturday afternoon. After pushing then No. 11 Dordt to the wire last Saturday, Concordia struggled with the stifling defense of eighth-ranked Midland in a 70-45 loss on Wednesday. With Saturday’s matchup pitting the eighth and 10th-place teams against each other, the game carries plenty of meaning in the drive to make the eight-team GPAC tournament in late February. Northwestern, which was ranked No. 15 in the preseason poll, relies upon forward Zack Leeper (18.3 ppg) and center Jordan Baker (13.7 ppg) for a good portion of its offensive production. Leeper put up 37 points in the team’s win over Buena Vista University last week. The Red Raiders have won their first two games of the new year and are coming off a 70-66 overtime win over Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday. The Bulldogs, led by senior Adam Vogt (14.9 ppg), would love to duplicate their upset in Orange City two years ago.
Last 10 meetings
2/2/13 – Northwestern 82-55 (Orange City)
1/2/13 – Northwestern 94-74 (Seward)
2/6/12 – Northwestern 91-80 (Seward)
1/4/12 – Concordia 94-75 (Orange City)
1/3/11 – Northwestern 96-87 (Orange City)
12/12/09 – Concordia 117-111 4 OTs (Seward)
2/7/09 – Northwestern 79-69 (Orange City)
2/9/08 – Northwestern 87-84 OT (Seward)
12/2/06 – Northwestern 81-62 (Orange City)
12/3/05 – Northwestern 94-81 (Seward)
10 January 2014
Freshman Ken Burkhardt Jr. and the Bulldog wrestlers are headed to the National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend.