SEWARD, Neb. – Not far removed from a 15th-place NAIA national team finish, the Concordia University wrestling program has unveiled its full schedule for the 2020-21 season (as announced on April 17). The slate will feature at least 13 duals and seven regular-season tournaments. The Bulldogs will host events on Dec. 10, Dec. 19 and Feb. 4.
Head coach Levi Calhoun’s squad swept GPAC regular-season and tournament titles this past season behind three individual GPAC champions. The 2019-20 squad equaled a school record for most dual wins in a season while going 13-2 overall and qualified eight wrestlers for the national championships. Seniors Tanner Farmer (285) and Alberto Garcia (133) earned All-America honors.
The 2020-21 season is slated to begin with a dual at York College on Oct. 30. The Panthers will make a return trip to Seward for another dual on Feb. 4. The two sides met this past Jan. 30 with the result being a 30-16 Concordia win. The remainder of nonconference duals will take place on Dec. 19 when Calhoun’s program hosts the Concordia Bulldog Duals, which are still being finalized.
Conference dual action is set to begin Nov. 13 at Dakota Wesleyan. The lone GPAC home dual is set to take place on Dec. 10 when Morningside will be at Walz Arena. The GPAC Duals (separated between two sites) will be held on Jan. 30. The Bulldogs will be at Jamestown for duals against Doane, Jamestown, Hastings and Briar Cliff. Concordia is 41-4 in conference duals over the past six seasons.
Many of the usual tournaments are back on the slate for next winter. The first tournament of the campaign will be the Dan Harris Open hosted by Baker University (Kan.) on Nov. 8. The Bulldogs will again be part of the Missouri Valley Invite (Jan. 22-23) that serves as a preview of the national tournament.
Midland will serve as the host of the GPAC Wrestling Championships set for Feb. 19-20. For the second year in a row, Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan., will have the honor of hosting the NAIA Wrestling National Championships (March 5-6).