SEWARD, Neb. – The second and final GPAC Day of Duals for the 2022-23 season is on tap for Saturday at the Long Lines Family Recreation Center in Sioux City, Iowa. As part of the event, the Concordia University Wrestling team will take on Northwestern, Briar Cliff and Jamestown. By weekend’s end, the conference dual schedule will have wrapped up. Head Coach Chase Clasen’s squad will enter the weekend with a GPAC record of 3-2 (8-2 overall). Most recently, the Bulldogs competed at the Missouri Valley College Invite this past Friday and Saturday.
GPAC Day of Duals No. 2 – Saturday, Jan. 28
11 a.m. – Concordia vs. Northwestern
12:30 p.m. – Concordia vs. Briar Cliff
2 p.m. – Concordia vs. Jamestown
The season to date has included 10 duals and six tournaments. At 8-2 in duals, the Bulldogs have already surpassed their win total from 2021-22 when they went 6-6 (3-5 GPAC). The two losses this season have come at the hands of the two highest rated teams in the GPAC. To this point, 26 Bulldogs have wrestled in at least one match. The following Concordia competitors own at least five wins on the season: Creighton Baughman (16-7), Tommy Wentz (16-9), Grant Wells (10-9), Jeaven Scdoris (9-10), Bryce Karlin (8-7), Stephen Duffy (8-8), Garret Moser (8-9), Issiah Burks (8-11), Jose Sanchez (8-13), Thomas Ivey (7-9), Kobe Lyons (6-2), Torrance Keehn (6-8), Cy Renney (6-13) and Logan Davidson (5-3). The team pins leaders are Karlin, Renney and Wentz with four apiece.
The Bulldogs remain a perfect 5-0 versus nonconference opponents with wins coming over Bethany College (Kan.), 36-9, Central Methodist University (Mo.), 23-19, Texas Wesleyan University, 33-15, Benedictine College (Kan.), 32-13, and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 37-12. Inside of league action, Concordia has defeated Midland, 28-17, Hastings, 36-10, and Dakota Wesleyan, 22-17. The losses have come against Morningside, 35-6, and Doane, 44-0. Two more wins would make the 2022-23 squad the fifth in program history to notch at least 10 dual victories in a season. The school record of 13 is held by both the 2015-16 and 2019-20 teams.
In the most recent GPAC ratings released on Tuesday (Jan. 24), seven Bulldogs were listed in the top six of their respective weight classes (see below). As for its opponents this weekend, Briar Cliff boasts seven ranked conference wrestlers while Northwestern has five and Jamestown four. Realistically, Concordia has itself in the hunt for a conference regular season finish as high as third. Doane (5-0) and Morningside (4-0) remain undefeated versus GPAC foes. The Bulldogs are hoping to position themselves from a move up from sixth in last season’s final GPAC standings.
One more night of home dual action will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2 when Concordia will welcome Colby Community College and York University to Friedrich Arena. The Bulldogs will celebrate their seniors prior to the first of two duals getting underway at 6 p.m. CT.
--Note: new NAIA national rankings will be released on Jan. 26.
Concordia (8-2, 3-2 GPAC)
125 – Bryce Karlin: GPAC – 5th
141 – Creighton Baughman: GPAC – 2nd
157 – Tommy Wentz: GPAC – 4th
165 – Issiah Burks: GPAC – 5th
174 – Jose Sanchez: GPAC – 6th
184 – Logan Davidson: GPAC – 3rd
184 – Stephen Duffy: GPAC – 5th
Northwestern (3-5, 2-2 GPAC)
133 – Manuel Jaramillo: GPAC – 5th
149 – Noah Parmelee: GPAC – 6th
174 – Jakob Francksen-Small: GPAC – 4th
184 – Luke Jenness: GPAC – 2nd
197 – Kaleb Lind: GPAC – 3rd
Briar Cliff (3-3, 3-3 GPAC)
125 – Seth I’nama: GPAC – 4th
133 – CaRon Watson: GPAC – 2nd
133 – Jarrod Gilliam: GPAC – 6th
141 – Ethan Krey: GPAC – 4th
165 – Garrett Arment: GPAC – 3rd
197 – Matthew Montgomery: GPAC – 2nd
285 – Alton Allen: GPAC – 6th
Jamestown (6-9, 3-4 GPAC)
149 – Tommy Beringer: GPAC – 5th
184 – Trystan Rogers: GPAC – 4th
197 – Jake Rau: GPAC – 5th
285 – Ian Howell: GPAC – 4th