Forum staff reports, Published March 13 2011
Concordia's Moenkedick wins second straight NCAA wrestling championshipLACROSSE, Wis. – Concordia senior Phil Moenkedick became the first wrestler in school history to win back-to-back NCAA Division III individual wrestling championships.
“It’s satisfying to end my career like this,” Moenkedick said. “I’ve been wresting since I was 4 years old. It’s something I’ve always dreamed about.”
Moenkedick captured the 184-pound championship with a 2-1 win over Ben Engelland of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The Cobbers finished the meet in seventh place with 52 points – the most points recorded at an NCAA meet in school history.
“It means a lot, not only for me, but also for the program,” Moenkedick said. “(Head coach Clay Nagel) has done a great job building the program.”
Senior Justin Berns finished fifth at 157-pounds and earned his second straight All-American honor. Sophomore Tom Bouressa finished fourth at 285-pounds to earn All-American honors for the first time in his career.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” assistant coach Matt Nagel said. “We wanted our guys to compete well and to give it their best. That’s what they did.”
Team scores: Wartburg 117, Augsburg 88.5, UW-LaCrosse 76.5, Ithaca 72.5, Coe 67, St. John’s 64.5, Concordia 52, Merchant Marine 37, Mount Union 37, Elmhurst 32.