Johnnie Wrestling Stays at No. 6, Five Ranked Individually

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s University wrestling stayed at No. 6 in the Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division lll poll released Tuesday, Dec. 13. Rankings | NWCA Team Rankings | NWCA Individual Rankings

Other members of the NCAA Great Lakes Region listed in the rankings include Augsburg (No. 7), Elmhurst of Illinois (No. 10), Concordia-Moorhead (No. 13) and North Central of Illinois (No. 29).

Senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) stayed at No. 2 at 197 pounds in the NWCA rankings and debuted at No. 3 on’s 197-pound list. Baxter went 2-0 as the Johnnies went 1-1 at the Duals at the Dells Dec. 9. He is now 8-0 on the season for the Johnnies (3-2 dual record).

Senior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) dropped out of the rankings but made his first appearance at 184 pounds, No. 5, in the NWCA rankings. He posted a 1-2 record at the St. Cloud State Husky Open Dec. 10. He advanced to the second round via medical forfeit and defeated MSU-Mankato’s Brandon Pederson (8-4) before falling to Minnesota’s Joel Bauman, 12-4. Pfarr fell to another Division I opponent, North Dakota State’s Kody Sorenson, 3-2 in the third-place match. He is 4-2 on the year.

Senior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) fell to No. 8 and No. 9 in the and NWCA rankings, respectively. He fell to No. 7/8 Jake Fredrickson (2-1) and No. 5/7 Adam Sheley (5-3) at the Dells.

Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) fell one spot to No. 7 in the rankings and two spots to No. 8 according to the NWCA despite not wrestling at 165 pounds last week. Schuler bumped up a weight class for both of his matches at the Dells. He defeated Reid Dickerson of Wisconsin-Whitewater (5-3) before falling to top-ranked Mike Schmitz of Wisconsin-La Crosse (10-3). Schuler is now 11-3 on the year.

Junior Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) slid over to No. 10 at 184, from No. 9 at 197, in the rankings. He posted wins in both of his matches last week to improve to 6-2 on the year.

The Johnnies return to competition after Christmas Dec. 29-30 at the Citrus Open in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.