The highlights from Concordia's day at the Conner/Oppenheim Open included 15 combined wins and fourth-place finishes from Creighton Baughman and Hunter Weimer. The field included wrestlers from 31 institutions.
In one of the more dominant duals in program history, Concordia won all but one match with bonus points while dismantling Bethany College, 55-0, on Friday (Dec. 1). The Bulldogs recorded five pins in what was their third home dual this season.
The third home dual of the 2023-24 campaign is on tap for Friday night when Bethany College will visit Friedrich Arena. The Bulldogs will attempt to get back into the win column after dropping two last week in Sioux City, Iowa.
In a critical day of pre-Thanksgiving conference action, the Bulldogs dropped a pair of competitive duals with the likes of Dakota Wesleyan and No. 5 Morningside. Creighton Baughman went 2-0 to lead Concordia.
A pivotal day of GPAC duals will take place on Tuesday when the Bulldogs will battle Dakota Wesleyan and No. 5 Morningside in Sioux City. Concordia stands at 2-0 in GPAC duals with dominant wins over Midland and Hastings.
The highlights for Concordia Wrestling at the Younes Hospitality Open were four wins by Barret Brandt and two apiece from Sean Duffy and Bryce Karlin. Eight Bulldogs represented the program in Kearney, Neb.
The second home GPAC dual of the season’s opening month resulted in another dominant victory for Concordia Wrestling. The Bulldogs notched five pins while demolishing Hastings, 41-9, on Friday (Nov. 17).
After having wrestled in a couple of tournaments, the Bulldogs will return home for their second dual in Friedrich Arena against Hastings on Friday (Nov. 17). The dual is set to get underway at 7 p.m. CT.
Freshman Barret Brandt continues to be a pinning machine as he racked up five more falls at the Grand View Open. Brandt and Grant Wells came away from the event with place finishes and 11 Bulldogs earned multiple wins.
Creighton Baughman and Hunter Weimer emerged with Luther Hill Invite championships in highlighting the first tournament of the 2023-24 season. Eleven Bulldogs came away from the event with place finishes.
Tattooed just above Creighton Baughman’s right knee is the word “SAVED” in all caps. Says the accomplished Baughman, "'Saved' was always the word that came to mind when I think of the transformation that finding new faith has done for me."
After surprising many outsiders last season, Concordia Wrestling believes it is equipped for greater successes in 2023-24 as Head Coach Chase Clasen enters his second year leading the program. National qualifier Creighton Baughman sets the tone in the room.
Concordia Wrestling made a statement in the way that it exceeded expectations in 2022-23. In Chase Clasen's first season as head coach, the Bulldogs shrugged off their preseason GPAC placement of sixth and equaled a school record for dual wins in a season.
The trials, the tribulations and six years of grinding made Issiah Burks' stunningly dominant GPAC championship run that much sweeter. The Hemet, Calif., native has seized his one last chance to reach the national championships.
Head Coach Chase Clasen has entered the picture after the Bulldogs placed sixth at the GPAC tournament in back-to-back years. The 2022-23 roster features veterans with something to prove and a talented group of newcomers.
For Concordia Wrestling, the past couple of seasons have been about following the lead of standouts Mario Ybarra and Jacob Telles and building towards a return to conference supremacy. The Bulldogs believe they made steps forward this winter.
All-American Mario Ybarra and GPAC champion Jacob Telles return to form the backbone of a Concordia Wrestling program now led by first-year Head Coach Myron Bradbury. Bradbury has the task of bringing along a young team.
It wasn't always easy in 2020-21 considering all that the program dealt with, but the season may have been an important one for growth and reflection. It also ended with Mario Ybarra on the podium.
In terms of athletic and academic achievement, Mario Ybarra stands out among Bulldogs who make up a perennially strong wrestling program. He's ready to take the lead and make another big step forward.
The great heights reached by the Concordia Wrestling program mean that expectations are always high. Gabe Crawford and Mario Ybarra are the leaders of a youthful roster.