In one of the more dominant duals in program history, Concordia won all but one match with bonus points while dismantling Bethany College, 55-0, on Friday (Dec. 1). The Bulldogs recorded five pins in what was their third home dual this season.
The third home dual of the 2023-24 campaign is on tap for Friday night when Bethany College will visit Friedrich Arena. The Bulldogs will attempt to get back into the win column after dropping two last week in Sioux City, Iowa.
In a critical day of pre-Thanksgiving conference action, the Bulldogs dropped a pair of competitive duals with the likes of Dakota Wesleyan and No. 5 Morningside. Creighton Baughman went 2-0 to lead Concordia.
A pivotal day of GPAC duals will take place on Tuesday when the Bulldogs will battle Dakota Wesleyan and No. 5 Morningside in Sioux City. Concordia stands at 2-0 in GPAC duals with dominant wins over Midland and Hastings.
The highlights for Concordia Wrestling at the Younes Hospitality Open were four wins by Barret Brandt and two apiece from Sean Duffy and Bryce Karlin. Eight Bulldogs represented the program in Kearney, Neb.
The second home GPAC dual of the season’s opening month resulted in another dominant victory for Concordia Wrestling. The Bulldogs notched five pins while demolishing Hastings, 41-9, on Friday (Nov. 17).
After having wrestled in a couple of tournaments, the Bulldogs will return home for their second dual in Friedrich Arena against Hastings on Friday (Nov. 17). The dual is set to get underway at 7 p.m. CT.
Freshman Barret Brandt continues to be a pinning machine as he racked up five more falls at the Grand View Open. Brandt and Grant Wells came away from the event with place finishes and 11 Bulldogs earned multiple wins.
Creighton Baughman and Hunter Weimer emerged with Luther Hill Invite championships in highlighting the first tournament of the 2023-24 season. Eleven Bulldogs came away from the event with place finishes.
The first outing of the 2023-24 season went down as a success as the Bulldogs routed Midland, 45-6, while taking six matches with bonus points. A pair of freshmen emerged victorious in their collegiate debuts as part of the win.
Ceron Francisco will go down as an all-time great Bulldog for the way he has handled himself on and off the mat. A national runner up back in March, Ceron is headed to Charlottesville to join the Cavalier Wrestling Club.
Kirk Kaliszewski and two other national qualifiers return for a wrestling program looking to continue a run of GPAC dominance and national prominence. The Bulldogs will have a different look with 18 newcomers.
In the first season of head coach Andrew Nicola's tenure, the Concordia wrestling program maintained its perch atop the conference and the senior class went out in style.
Ceron Francisco has gone from a fascination – largely because of his stature and physical appearance separated him – to an obvious fan favorite and to one of the most respected student-athletes at Concordia.
This isn’t exactly the way Ken Burkhardt Jr. planned it. First recruited to Concordia as a linebacker on the football team, Burkhardt Jr. has become an accomplished wrestler and owner of the most wins in program history.
As Kodie Cole himself puts it, "I might have a little different story than others." There's a lot of story left to be told for Cole, who has taken a winding path to being ranked No. 1 in the nation at 133 pounds.
Concordia University wrestling has a new leader in Andrew Nicola, but expectations remain sky high. Behind a talented senior class, the Bulldogs are again the favorite in the GPAC and in the region.
Andrew Nicola, most recently an assistant coach at California Baptist University, has been hired as head wrestling coach at Concordia University. He takes the place of former head coach Dana Vote.
The 2015-16 season was another step forward for the Concordia wrestling program, which finished eighth at the national championships and again dominated the GPAC.