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Eric Peterson, Published February 11 2014

No. 6 Cobbers power past No. 21 St. John's on the mat

MOORHEAD – One Concordia senior shifted momentum, while another senior closed the deal Tuesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

Those two performances, from Kyle LeDuc and Cody Kasprick, seemed fitting on senior night for the Cobbers. Those two veterans helped spark No. 6-ranked Concordia to a 23-12 dual victory against No. 21-ranked St. John’s in college wrestling.

Kasprick capped the dual with a first-period pin at 285 pounds, helping the Cobbers end their dual season with a 15-4 record. Those 15 dual wins are a school record.

“We still have the important part of the season left,” Kasprick said. “Yeah, it was my last dual, but we still have more season to go.”

Kasprick has pinned his past five opponents and has 11 pins this season.

“It’s nice having a guy like Cody at the end of our lineup,” LeDuc said. “He’s almost a secure six points for lots of matches. It’s nice.”

LeDuc had a momentum-changing moment at 157. St. John’s took a 9-4 dual lead after Joe Hessing upset Concordia senior Jake Long at 149 pounds. Hessing earned a 14-13 decision against Long, who is ranked No. 7 in the latest Division III rankings.

“After those matches went the way they did, I knew my match was going to be important to win,” LeDuc said. “That kind of help motivate me a little bit.”

LeDuc earned a 4-0 decision against No. 10-ranked Ryan Arne. The match was tied at 0-0 heading into the final period. LeDuc scored an escape and a takedown in the final period. He also earned a point for riding time.

“That was huge,” Concordia coach Matt Nagel said. “We really had to get momentum back in our hands. … For us to come in as an underdog at that weight and get the win, it just sparked everybody.”

The Cobbers won four of the next five matches after LeDuc’s upset victory. LeDuc and Kasprick are two of five seniors on the Concordia roster.

“I wanted to go out here on a positive note at Memorial,” LeDuc said. “We still have work to do, all of us. We want to be at the top come March. We want to bring home some hardware.”

The region individual tournament is scheduled for March 1, while the national tournament is slated for March 14-15.

“I think it’s a good eye opener for us that we are not quite there yet,” Nagel said. “We have some things we need to learn.”

125: Foltz, CC, major dec. Rod 14-4.

133: Peck, SJ, dec. McCarthy 11-4.

141: Henle, SJ, dec. Gebreab 8-6.

149: Hessing, SJ, dec. Long 14-13.

157: LeDuc, CC, dec. Arne 4-0.

165: Krogstad, CC, dec. Seppelt 7-5.

174: Gardner, CC, major dec. Erickson 10-2.

184: Harrison, CC, dec. Willaert 11-7.

197: Michaelis, SJ, dec. Saintal 4-0.

285: Kasprick, CC, pinned Scepaniak 1:10.

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