SEWARD, Neb. – As revealed on Tuesday (June 22), the Concordia University Wrestling program has announced its schedule for the 2021-22 campaign. The regular season features 14 competitive dates, including eight involving open tournaments or invites. The Bulldogs are slated to get the season underway at the York College Open on Oct. 30.
Head Coach Levi Calhoun’s program is coming off a 2020-21 season that saw Concordia place in a tie for fourth in the GPAC regular season and sixth at the conference tournament. On an individual level, Mario Ybarra earned All-America honors at 133 pounds while Jacob Telles won the heavyweight GPAC title and qualified for nationals as a freshman. Telles and Ybarra were joined on the national stage by senior Gabe Crawford.
The Bulldogs will make their first home appearance of this coming winter when they welcome Hastings to Friedrich Arena for a GPAC dual on Nov. 11. Concordia will also host Midland on Dec. 2 and York on Feb. 3 for dual action. For a second year in a row, the program will put on the Concordia Bulldog Duals just before Christmas. This year’s event will take place on Dec. 18 with opponents from around the country expected to be present.
If all goes as planned, the tournament slate will be back to normal. A number of tournaments were canceled last season due to the result of COVID-19. A premier NAIA event, the Missouri Valley Invite (Jan. 21-22) returns to the schedule after it was wiped out last season. In addition, the Bulldogs will head to the pivotal GPAC Duals in Sioux City, Iowa, on Jan. 29.
The GPAC Wrestling Championships will be hosted by Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D., and will be held Feb. 18-19. The NAIA National Championships will follow on March 4-5 at a site to be determined. Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan., hosted the event the past two years.