Five Johnnies Listed in Latest National Rankings

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Five Saint John’s wrestling student-athletes were ranked in the latest rankings released Wednesday, Nov. 16. Rankings

Senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) retained the No. 1 ranking at 184 pounds, while classmate Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) stayed at No. 4 at 174. Senior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) moved up one spot to No. 4 at 133 pounds. None of the three competed two weeks ago in the season opener at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) cracked the top 10 as the sixth-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds following his impressive showing in Wisconsin. Schuler won the 165-pound bracket with a perfect 5-0 record, including a 7-4 win over then-No. 4 Jordan Schulte of UWSP in the semifinals. He pinned Ben Cox of NCAA Division I Wisconsin in the championship bout (5:27).

Junior Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) entered the rankings at No. 10 at 197. He claimed third place in the 184-pound bracket with a 3-1 record at Stevens Point. His lone loss was a 3-1 decision to nationally-ranked Sam Engelland of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Hagen totaled two decisions by seven points and pinned Mitchell Steed of Wheaton (Ill.) in the third-place match. also listed junior Cody Socher (Delano, Minn.) honorable mention at heavyweight. Socher fought back to finish fourth at heavyweight after losing a tough 4-2 match in overtime to start the season. He posted back-to-back pins to start wrestlebacks, followed by a 5-3 win and a forfeit, before falling to Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Anthony Edgren 4-3 in the third-place bout.

Saint John’s stayed at No. 6 in the most recent Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Nov. 9.

The Johnnies return to action at the annual Augsburg Open this Saturday, Nov. 19. The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis.