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Mounds View native caps college wrestling career
Mounds View native Cody Lensing recently closed out his collegiate wrestling career at Augustana College with an appearance in the NCAA Division II national championships. Lensing placed second at 125 pounds earlier this month and was also presented with a prestigious academic honor.
Lensing was this year's DII wrestling Elite 89 award winner. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 athletic championships. A biochemistry major, Lensing has a grade-point average of 3.96.
By finishing second, he also picked up All-America honors, the first of his collegiate career. He dropped a 9-3 decision to Grand Canyon's Kyle McCrite, who finished his season 42-6.
Lensing went 3-1 in the NCAA tournament to finish his senior campaign with a record of 21-6. He opened the tournament with a 9-2 decision and won his second-round match by fall. In the semifinals, Lensing trailed 3-2 after two periods but rattled off six third-period points to claim an 8-3 victory and a spot in the finals.
Lensing nearly saw his college wrestling career come to a close as a sophomore. After competing in 45 matches as a freshman, he wrestled only five matches as a sophomore and decided to take some time off from wrestling to focus on school.
He returned for his junior season rejuvenated despite wrestling only 18 matches. As a senior, he moved into the starting spot at 125 pounds and put together a season to remember.
Lensing completed his college wrestling career with a record of 70-25.
At Totino-Grace, Lensing was a four-year letterwinner and finished second at state as a senior in 2008. He was a two-time academic all-state selection and a two-time section champion while setting the school record for career wins.
Lensing is the son of Merl and Rosemary Lensing.
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