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Eric Peterson, Published December 06 2011

Cobbers close out comeback win against Dragons

MOORHEAD – Concordia sophomore Cody Kasprick knew a simple decision wouldn’t do as he took the mat for the final match Tuesday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

“I knew I had to get my job done,” said Kasprick, who is from Oakes, N.D.

He delivered.

Kasprick scored a first-period pin at 285 pounds to give Concordia a dramatic 20-18 dual victory against Minnesota State Moorhead in nonconference college wrestling.

“Right then, it was probably one of the better feelings,” Kasprick said. “A crosstown rival, it’s great to beat them.”

The Cobbers (2-0) trailed

18-14 heading into the final match. Kasprick earned six team points with his fall. A decision would have been worth three team points and not enough to win the dual for NCAA Division III Concordia.

“I think it was fun to step back now that the dual is over,” said Cobbers associate head coach Matt Nagel. “It’s a fun dual. It’s a fun dual when Moorhead and Concordia wrestle. It’s something for people to watch.”

The Division II Dragons (1-1) built an 18-10 lead with two matches left in the dual, but that’s when the Cobbers rallied.

Concordia junior Nathan Schmitz earned a major decision at 197 pounds for four team points. That set the scene for Kasprick’s dual-winning pin.

“This should be bothering them I think,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said of his team. “It should make them want to work harder and it should build a fire in them. … It’s not going to get any easier going into our conference.”

The Dragons won six of the 10 matches in the dual, but all were decisions and worth three team points each. The Cobbers earned two major decisions and two pins in their four wins and that proved to be the difference in the dual.

“One thing I knew we needed to do was get bonus points and we didn’t get any bonus points,” Nelson said. “It came down to bonus points, usually when you win six matches in a dual you win that dual.”

MSUM sophomore 285-pounder Gerad Fugleberg had defeated Kasprick the two times they wrestled a season ago. Kasprick broke through Tuesday, beating the former Fargo South standout.

“I wanted to make a big upset,” Kasprick said.

“We didn’t come out on top and Kasprick looked good,” Nelson said.

“Kasprick got a nice arm bar on him and turned him over for the pin.”

Concordia has won three of its last four duals against MSUM.

“I think it’s nice for the guys to have that,” Nagel said. “It’s not like it’s a complete grudge for us. I like Coach Nelson. He’s a good friend of mine, and I think he would probably say the same thing.”

125: Ulmer, MSUM, dec. Presler 2-0.

133: Hohbein, CC, major dec. Wuorinen 8-0.

141: Steinwand, MSUM, dec. Ruter 8-4.

149: LeDuc, CC, pinned MacGregor 4:40.

157: Williams, MSUM, dec. Fynboh 5-3 (ot).

165: Bennett, MSUM, dec. Coleman 10-4.

174: Kivel, MSUM, dec. Harrinson 4-3.

184: Sovde, MSUM, dec. Deffinbaugh 2-1.

197: Schmitz, CC, major dec. Lehmann 16-2.

285: Kasprick, CC, pinned Fugleberg 2:12.


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

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com