SJU Matmen Slip to No. 9, Four Johnnies Ranked

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s University wrestling fell two spots to No. 9 in the Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division lll poll released Tuesday, Jan. 10. Rankings | NWCA Team Rankings | NWCA Individual Rankings

Other members of the NCAA Great Lakes Region listed in the rankings include Augsburg (No. 2), Elmhurst of Illinois (No. 13, down four from ninth) and Concordia-Moorhead (No. 15, down two from 15th).

Senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) is now ranked second nationally at 197 pounds in both the NWCA and rankings. He went 5-0 with a pin, major decision and two forfeits at the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals last weekend to improve to 18-0 on the season.

Junior Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) stayed at No. 6 in the NWCA 184-pound rankings but was unranked by after notching a 4-1 record at the National Duals. His lone loss was a 4-1 decision to third-ranked Josef Rau of Elmhurst (Ill.). Hagen is 14-3 on the season.

Matt Pfarr’s (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) hiatus from the national rankings lasted a week as the senior was ranked No. 8 (NWCA) and No. 10 ( at 174 pounds, respectively. He went 4-1 with a technical fall and a 3-1 upset of fourth-ranked Danny Balderas of Elmhurst (Ill.). Pfarr is 12-5 on the year.

Senior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) moved up to No. 9 at 133 pounds according to Like Baxter, Henle tallied a perfect 5-0 record at the National Duals to improve to 14-6 on the season.

Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) was left out of the national rankings for the second straight week after posting a 4-1 record in Springfield, Ill. All four wins were bonus-point victories (two pins, a technical fall and a major decision). He is now 16-6 on the year.

Hagen, Schuler, junior Chris Stevermer (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake) and sophomore Ryan Arne (Orono, Minn.) were once again listed as contenders, just outside of the Top 10, in the rankings.

Stevermer went 1-2 at 157 pounds last weekend, while Arne posted a 0-3 mark at 149. Both of Arne’s losses on Saturday were by a combined four points. He is 13-6 on the season, while Stevermer is 16-9.

The Johnnies return to action against No. 5 (Division II) Augustana (S.D.) this Saturday, Jan. 14. The dual is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Sexton Arena in Collegeville.

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