Westgate native Tyler Wedemeier recently scored his 1,000th career point. Wedemeier and the Norse are leaders in the conference with a 7-1 record. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Luther men's basketball team (14-5, 7-1 IIAC) is alone atop the conference standings.
The Norse picked up a big win Wednesday at Wartburg, then followed it with a home victory over Dubuque, the only team that has beaten the Norse in IIAC action.
Wednesday Luther knocked off Wartburg (10-7, 5-2 IIAC) 75-61 in Waverly. Both teams entered the game with just one conference loss. Luther took its first and final lead with four minutes left in the first half. The Norse limited the Knights to just 35 percent shooting in the second half. Tyler Wedemeier had 18 points while Zach Matos-Pritchard had 15. Both had six rebounds. Cale Austin had nine points.
Saturday Luther defeated Dubuque (14-5, 4-4 IIAC) 60-55. Trailing 46-40 midway through the second half, Luther put together a 16-2 run to get the victory. Wedemeier had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, matching a career-high. Matos-Pritchard led all scorers with 18 points. Aaron Huber and Michael Crock both had six points.
Women's basketball - Wednesday the Luther women's basketball team fell at Wartburg 61-54. The game was tied 38-all midway through the second half when the Knights took control thanks to a 17-7 run. Logan Hjerleid led the Norse with a season-high 13 points. Taylor Johnson added 11 and nine rebounds. Meagan Koepnick and Lyndsi Wollems both had eight.
Saturday the Norse defeated Dubuque 90-64 at home to earn a split of the series. Luther led 38-31 at the half and shot 53 percent in the second half. Johnson had 23 points and 11 rebounds while Nellie Nelson had a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. It was Johnson's 21st career double-double and Nelson's seventh. Koepnick also had double digits with 17 points.
Lutehr is now 11-8 overall and 3-5 in the IIAC.
Wrestling - No. 24 Luther went 2-1 Saturday, hosting the first round of the IIAC dual tournament. The Norse knocked off Simpson 57-0 in the first round. The grapplers posted eight falls, coming from No. 6 Evan Obert (133), Kyle Windquist (141), Blake Letney (157), Garrett Bonte (165), Jarid Groth (174), Ossia's Jayden DeVilbiss (184), No. 7 Trent Flegel (197) and Nick Pearch (285).
In the second round Luther defeated Loras 31-18. Falls by Bonte and DeVilbiss, plus major decisions by Windquist and Letney propelled the Norse, along with a technical fall by Flegel.
Luther fell to No. 12 Coe 20-16 in the final match. Luther picked up wins by Windquist, Dakota Gray (149), Bonte and Pearch.
Luther is now 8-7 overall and 3-2 in conference action.
Men's swimming - The Norse defeated Coe 130-70 Saturday in the final match in the Luther pool. Taking first where the 200 medley relay of Tim Cutler, Tanner O'Brien, Eric Hild and Zack Kuntz; Roy Barnett in the 1,000-yard freestyle; Sam Weinberg in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle; Kuntz in the 50-yard freestyle; David Carius in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard butterfly; Jason Orvis in the 100-yard backstroke; Sam Raiche in the 500-yard freestyle; Cutler in the 100-yard breaststroke; and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kuntz, Hild, Matthew Key and O'Brien.
Women's swimming - The Luther women's swimming and diving team defeated Coe 168-51 Saturday in the final home meet of the year. It was also the last meet at the Luther pool. Taking first were the 200 medley relay of Nicole Larsen, Katie Storey, Sarah McKay and Clare Slagel; Corianne Dorgay in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500yard freestyle; Elizabeth Reed in the 200-yard freestyle; Erin Connolly in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke; Sarah Pospisil in the 200-yard IM; Zoe Johnson in 1-meter diving; McKay in the 100-yard butterfly; Loran Boran in the 100-yard freestyle; Slagel in the 100-yard backstroke; and the 200-yard freestyle relay of Amelia Ladd, Katie Blocker, Chloe Benjamin and Boran.