Despite a pin from Walker Fisher to start the night, the 17th-ranked Concordia University wrestling team suffered a 23-21 home dual loss to Northwest Kansas Technical College on Friday (Dec. 8).
A home dual win streak of 13 will be on the line on Friday when the 17th-ranked Concordia wrestling team hosts Northwest Kansas Tech. The Bulldogs defeated Dakota Wesleyan 55-0 in their season-opening dual.
Eight Bulldogs collected place finishes as part of a long day at Saturday's (Dec. 2) Buena Vista University Open. Concordia's 13 wrestlers combined for 21 individual wins.
Five Bulldogs recorded pins and the 20th-ranked Concordia wrestling program opened up the dual season with a dominant 55-0 win over Dakota Wesleyan. The Bulldogs have won 22 consecutive conference duals.
The Concordia wrestling program will make its home debut on Thursday (Nov. 30) when Dakota Wesleyan pays a visit to Walz Arena. The Bulldogs have won each of their last 21 GPAC duals.
Sophomore Deandre Chery paced Concordia wrestling with four victories during Saturday's action at the UNK Open in Kearney, Neb. Collectively, the 20th-ranked Bulldogs combined for 20 wins.
Five grapplers turned in place finishes at the Grand View University Open on Saturday (Nov. 11) in what was the second outing of the season for the 16th-ranked Bulldogs. Cameron Devers is 7-1 this season.
The 2017-18 Concordia wrestling season is underway. The Bulldogs combined for 51 victories, seven place finishes and three titles at the Dan Harris Open hosted by Baker University on Sunday (Nov. 5).
Kirk Kaliszewski and two other national qualifiers return for a wrestling program looking to continue a run of GPAC dominance and national prominence. The Bulldogs will have a different look with 18 newcomers.
In the first season of head coach Andrew Nicola's tenure, the Concordia wrestling program maintained its perch atop the conference and the senior class went out in style.
Ceron Francisco has gone from a fascination – largely because of his stature and physical appearance separated him – to an obvious fan favorite and to one of the most respected student-athletes at Concordia.
This isn’t exactly the way Ken Burkhardt Jr. planned it. First recruited to Concordia as a linebacker on the football team, Burkhardt Jr. has become an accomplished wrestler and owner of the most wins in program history.
As Kodie Cole himself puts it, "I might have a little different story than others." There's a lot of story left to be told for Cole, who has taken a winding path to being ranked No. 1 in the nation at 133 pounds.
Concordia University wrestling has a new leader in Andrew Nicola, but expectations remain sky high. Behind a talented senior class, the Bulldogs are again the favorite in the GPAC and in the region.
Andrew Nicola, most recently an assistant coach at California Baptist University, has been hired as head wrestling coach at Concordia University. He takes the place of former head coach Dana Vote.
The 2015-16 season was another step forward for the Concordia wrestling program, which finished eighth at the national championships and again dominated the GPAC.