Johnnies Stay at No. 6, Schuler Joins Three Others Ranked Nationally

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

NWCA Team Rankings | NWCA Individual Rankings

Other teams ranked from the NCAA Great Lakes Region include Augsburg (No. 7) and North Central College of Illinois (No.11), and new additions Concordia-Moorhead (No. 9) and Elmhurst College of Illinois (No. 14).

Senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) retained the No. 1 ranking at 184 pounds, while fellow senior 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 at last Saturday’s season opener in Stevens Point, Wis.

Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) cracked the top 10 as the sixth-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds following his impressive showing at Stevens Point last weekend. 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).

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