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Eric Peterson, Published December 04 2009

Golden sights: Concordia's Lunde hopes to join ranks as an All-American

Phil Moenkedick used to dread the sight of Lane Lunde at grade school wrestling tournaments.

“I always used to hope I didn’t see him at weigh-ins, but he always seemed to show up,” Moenkedick said.

“I’ve never lost to him,” Lunde said with a laugh. “If we’d wrestle now, he would probably beat me pretty good.”

Now they are teammates at Concordia. Moenkedick, a Division III All-American at 184 pounds, isn’t longing for payback.

“We’ve let that one go,” cracked Moenkedick, who figures he is 0-7 vs. Lunde with one loss coming in high school. “We get a kick out of it. I don’t know if there is anyone else I’ve wrestled that much that I haven’t gone back and forth with.”

Lunde aspires to earn the All-American status that Moenkedick, a junior, garnered last season.

A senior who wrestles at 165 pounds, Lunde has a 12-3 record this season and has been a stalwart for the Cobbers since he was a freshman.

“People see what he’s all about when he competes in practice every day,” said Cobbers coach Clay Nagel. “He’s Mr. Steady. He’s there all the time.”

Lunde was a five-time state placer and a four-time region champion in North Dakota, wrestling three years for Kindred High School before ending his prep career with three years at West Fargo High School. Lunde had 198 wins in high school. He has a 91-44 career record at Concordia.

Lunde started wrestling when he was around 4 years old in Barnesville, Minn., before the family moved to Kindred at the end of his kindergarten year. His older brother, Logan, also wrestled for the Cobbers.

His younger brother, Lex, is a sophomore on this year’s team.

“We were always so energetic when we were little; always fighting with all that stuff and being brothers,” Lane said. “The parents thought it was a good way to compete.”

Lane’s father, Terry, never wrestled. Terry played other sports when he went to high school in Rolette, N.D. Terry said he put his sons in wrestling because it was the only organized sport they could compete in at that young age.

“That was kind of our first exposure to wrestling,” Terry said. “We didn’t know anything about wrestling, how to score or anything. We took them to tournaments every weekend and we didn’t have to force them. They wanted to go and compete.”

In his final season with the Cobbers, Lane is focused on earning a spot at nationals.

“Qualifying for nationals would be one of the biggest accomplishments,” Lane said.” It would be great for me. It would be great for my older brother who never made it. It would be great for my younger brother.”

Lane goes to flowrestling.org three of four times a week to help better himself on the mat. That Web site features video of matches, interviews and technique demonstrations.

“I’m always watching videos of Olympic wrestlers, watching moves,” Lane said.

“He consistently puts in the time,” Moenkedick said. “He is pretty focused. He doesn’t get distracted too much.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.