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Forum staff reports, Published March 07 2010

Concordia's Moenkedick wins national title

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Junior Phil Moenkedick became the first Concordia wrestler to win a national title in three decades on Saturday.

Moenkedick earned a 7-4 decision against Brennan Ward of Johnson and Wales to win the 184-pound title at the NCAA Division III national tournament.

“It’s unreal,” said Moenkedick, who was a national runner-up last season. “Like through high school and stuff never winning, getting second in state. I don’t know how to describe it right now. I’m just trying to enjoy it with my teammates.”

The Cobbers hadn’t won an individual national championship since Barry Bennett in 1979.

“It’s a big step for our program at this point of our development to show kids that we can develop national champions at Concordia,” Cobbers coach Clay Nagel said.

Moenkedick had a 4-0 lead heading into the third period, but got dumped to his back early in the period and had to stave off a pinning combination.

“Phil kept his composure and didn’t give him anything to control him with,” Nagel said.

Moenkedick countered with a key reversal en route to the three-point victory and a national crown.

Concordia finished the tournament with a school record three All-Americans. Junior Justin Berns finished seventh at 149 and junior Ross Dankers finished eighth at 174.

“It’s elation to see your athletes that you have pleasure of working with to be successful and win a national championship,” Nagel said. “It’s fun to be a part of it.”