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Nagel named Region Coach of Year

The list of school records and outstanding achievements continue to grow for No. 5 ranked Concordia in 2013-14.

Last Saturday, the Cobbers added a program-record seven NCAA Meet qualifiers and an NCAA West Region Coach of the Year honor to their ever-growing trophy case.

Concordia had seven athletes finish in the top 3 at the NCAA West Region Meet held at Augsburg and head coach Matt Nagel was named the Region Coach of the Year.

Both achievements are firsts in program history.

In order to qualify for the NCAA National Meet a wrestler had to finish in first, second or third place in his weight class and that is exactly what Jacoby Bergeron, Jake Long, Kyle LeDuc, Jake Krogstad, Sebastian Gardner, Chris Harrison and Cody Kasprick did on Saturday.

Long and Harrison were the two region champion wrestlers for Concordia.  Long went 4-0 at 149 while Harrison was 3-0 at 184.

The Cobbers have now qualified 13 wrestlers for the NCAA Meet in the past two seasons and has had at least four athletes qualify for five consecutive seasons.

The super septet helped the Cobbers finish in second place in the final team standings in the regional. CC had a total of 136.5 points which trailed region champion No.6-ranked Augsburg by 11.5 points.       

The other two place winners for the Cobbers at the region meet were Detroit Lakes’ graduate Gabe Foltz and Yonas Gebreab.

Both wrestlers lost heartbreakers in the third-place match and finished in fourth place.

Foltz was 3-2 at 125 and had a chance in the third period to take a lead in the match. He finishes the year 19-14 after going 13-10 as a freshman.

The seven Cobber wrestlers will now have two weeks to train under the tutelage of Region Coach of the Year Nagel and his top-notch staff, before heading to the NCAA National Meet on Mar. 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  

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