SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University Wrestling program will draw a GPAC foe right out of the gate. As part of the 2022-23 schedule announced on Thursday (June 30), the Bulldogs will open up the campaign with a dual at Midland on Nov. 1. That date will mark the Concordia debut of Head Coach Chase Clasen, who began his role leading the Bulldogs in April. Clasen and company will take on a ’22-23 slate that features seven regular season tournaments and eight GPAC duals. Concordia is slated to make four home appearances.
Previously the Interim Head Coach at North Idaho College, Clasen is working on boosting a program that placed sixth at last season’s GPAC tournament. The program has won a GPAC championship as recently as 2020. Four-year star Mario Ybarra graduated and leaves behind a leadership void, but Concordia brings in a 2022-23 recruiting class long on quantity and quality.
Key dates that will help determine the GPAC regular season champion are Nov. 22 and Jan. 28 when all conference schools will gather at The Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, for a series of GPAC duals. In an anticipated stand-alone dual, the Bulldogs will host defending GPAC champion Doane on Jan. 13. For the third year in a row, Friedrich Arena will welcome several foes for the Concordia Bulldog Duals (Dec. 17) prior to Christmas. As far as tournaments go, the Missouri Valley Invite (Jan. 20-21) has annually served as a major showcase for NAIA wrestling during the regular season.
The GPAC Championships will be put on by Jamestown on Feb. 17-18. It will mark the first time Jamestown has hosted the event as a GPAC member. National qualifiers will extend their seasons into March and wrestle in Park City, Kan., site of the 2023 NAIA Wrestling National Championships (March 4-5). This will be the fourth-straight year that Park City has hosted wrestling nationals.