SEWARD, Neb. – A pair of athletes represented Concordia University wrestling on the NAIA’s list of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes released on March 4. Bulldogs Foster Bunce and Austin Starkey are both first-time scholar-athletes. Bunce, a junior from Munith, Mich., is a business major. Starkey, a junior from St. Paul, Neb., is pursuing degrees in biology and chemistry.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 59 wrestling student-athletes across the nation were named 2015-16 scholar-athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,255 and counting (39 for the fall of 2015). The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.
2015-16 Concordia wrestling scholar-athletes
Foster Bunce | Jr. | Munith, Mich. | Business
Austin Starkey | Jr. | St. Paul, Neb. | Biology & Chemistry