SEWARD, Neb. – Back-to-back tournament titles have led to back-to-back GPAC awards for standout heavyweight Tanner Farmer. The conference named Farmer the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday (Jan. 21). As a team, the Concordia University wrestling program has collected three GPAC weekly honors, all from the heavyweight position.
In his short career with the Bulldogs, Farmer has already notched tournament titles at the Hastings Cusatis Open and the Missouri Valley Invite. In the latest tournament, the native of Highland, Ill., went 6-0, recorded three pins and was credited with four victories over NAIA nationally-ranked opponents: No. 2 Shawn Beeson of Graceland University (Iowa), No. 3 Gage Johnson of Oklahoma City University, No. 6 Justin Harbison of University of Providence (Mont.) and No. 18 Dalton Sikes of Ottawa University (Kan.).
Ranked 13th in the NAIA at 285 pounds, Farmer is now 11-0 since joining Concordia for the second semester. He is a former Nebraska Cornhusker starting offensive lineman and spent this past fall as a volunteer assistant for head coach Patrick Daberkow’s Bulldog football staff.
Farmer and the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-0 GPAC) will resume action this Saturday at the GPAC Duals in Crete, Neb., where they will dual four conference opponents.