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Published February 05 2013

No. 24-ranked Cobbers power past Dragons on wrestling mat

MOORHEAD – When his match got close, Concordia senior Josten Coleman had one mindset – move forward.

Coleman scored two takedowns in the final 70 seconds of his 165-pound match Tuesday at Memorial Auditorium. Those late points helped him earn a 6-4 decision. That victory helped the No. 24-ranked Cobbers earn a 24-6 dual victory against Minnesota State Moorhead in nonconference college wrestling.

“They are our cross-town rival and we were really pumped about that and then senior night,” said Coleman, who is from Oakes, N.D. “This year, we took it to them and that was pretty special on senior night.”

Ranked No. 24 in the latest NCAA Division III coaches poll, the Cobbers (6-5) have won three of their last four duals. Concordia honored its four senior wrestlers prior to the dual. The Dragons (8-6) have lost three consecutive duals.

“We’re not by any means peaking, but we are moving in that right direction,” Cobbers co-head coach Matt Nagel said.

The Cobbers won eight of 10 matches against the Dragons, including the final seven. All 10 matches in the dual were decided via decision.

“In the close matches tonight, I felt like they outworked us,” Dragons head coach Kris Nelson said. “I felt that they just dug deeper than a lot of our guys at a lot of weights. They worked harder and they deserved to win.”

Coleman trailed 3-1 heading into the third period against Dragons senior Kerron Williams. Coleman took a 4-3 lead with a takedown with a little more than a minute remaining. He added another takedown with 35 seconds to go to take a 6-4 lead. That victory gave Concordia a 12-6 lead in team points.

“I knew if I pushed forward and good things will happen,” said Coleman, who improved to 22-8.

The Cobbers earned another third-period victory at 174 pounds. Concordia sophomore Sebastian Gardner snapped a 2-2 tie with a third-period takedown en route to a 5-2 victory. That gave the Cobbers a 15-6 lead in team points.

“In prior dual meets, that is one thing we have struggled with, we haven’t been able to win the close ones,” Nagel said.

The Cobbers have won their last three duals against MSUM, which competes in Division II.

“We’re trying to score the first points and we are closing matches out,” Nagel said. “Those are the things you’ve got to do to get to the next level. … We are starting to do those things.”

125: McCarthy, CC, dec. Dunlap 4-1.

133: Walker, MSUM, dec. Bergeron 4-3.

141: Vega, MSUM, dec. Austvold 7-3.

149: Long, CC, dec. C. Williams 8-3.

157: Fynboh, CC, dec. Bennett 5-2.

165: Coleman, CC, dec. K. Williams 6-4.

174: Gardner, CC, dec. Puncochar 5-2.

184: Harrison, CC, dec. Lewellen 9-2.

197: Schmitz, CC, dec. Moderow 5-3.

285: Bouressa, CC, dec. Fugleberg 7-0.

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