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Laker going to be a Cobber: DL's Foltz commits to Concordia

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Laker going to be a Cobber: DL's Foltz commits to Concordia
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Detroit Lakes' fifth-leading wrestler in career wins, senior Gabe Foltz, will be extending his stellar grappling career after committing to the Concordia College men's team earlier this week.

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Foltz finished his Laker career with 120 wins and was a two-time state wrestler. He holds the DLHS career takedown record with 423 and won the 103 and 106-pound Section 8-2A title in back-to-back seasons.

He finished with a 4.0 GPA and was named Academic All-Section three times, Academic All-State Second Team and Academic All-State First Team.

"We wanted Gabe pretty bad," said Concordia head wrestling coach Clay Nagel.

"We had him rated as a top 10 wrestler in the state and he will fit in very well here, because he's a good, moral and ethical kid."

Nagel, along with his son Matt Nagel (who is associate head coach), don't redshirt their wrestlers and the wrestling program has an outstanding 96 percent four-year graduation rate.

"That's one of our big attributes," Clay Nagel added about the high graduation rate within the four-year period.

Foltz will compete for the Cobbers' 125-pound slot and Nagel said the Laker has a good shot as any to claim a spot as a starter.

"He has a lot of wins as a high school wrestler and you can pretty much double that from his summer matches in Greco and Freestyle," the Cobber coach included.

"He's going to be a good fit for our team."

Concordia was ranked in the top 20 of the nation throughout the 2011-12 season.

They finished the season by placing seventh at the NCAA Division III National Meet -- the highest finish in program history.

The 2011-12 season also saw a record-setting three All-Americans and six national meet participants.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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