Saint John’s 33, Northwestern College 7

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s took advantage of four major decisions and two forfeits in a 33-7 dual win over Northwestern (Iowa) on Friday, Nov. 16, in Collegeville.

Saint John's JohnniesFollowing a forfeit at 125 pounds, junior Alex Peck (Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) gave SJU (1-0 dual record) a 10-0 lead with a 12-1 major decision at 133.

The Red Raiders (0-2 dual record) cut its deficit to 10-7 before the Johnnies rattled off two major decisions and three wins before the dual-ending forfeit at heavyweight.

Senior Chris Stevermer (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake), ranked No. 10 at 157 pounds in the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) preseason rankings (Oct. 25), started his season with a 16-5 major decision.

Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) followed him with a major decision of his own, 12-1, over Northwestern’s Zach Fishman. Fishman was ranked No. 12 in the NAIA preseason rankings released Oct. 24.

Sophomore Matt Rogers (Dillingham, Alaska/Mt. Edgecumbe) missed a major decision by one point (13-6) at 174 pounds and junior David Rademacher (Eden Prairie, Minn.) tallied a 12-7 decision in place of second-ranked Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) at 184.

Junior Riad Abu-Smail (Branchburg, N.J./St. Benedict’s Prep) posted a 4-3 win at 197.

The Johnnies travel to compete at the annual Augsburg Open on Saturday, Nov. 17. The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis.

Post-Match Interviews:
Schuler, Stevermer & Novak (1:00)

No. 23 Saint John’s University (SJU) 33, Northwestern College of Iowa (NWC) 7
125: John Wells (SJU) won by forfeit [6-0]
133: Alex Peck (SJU) major dec. Ricky Ortiz, 12-1 [10-0]
141: Jon Grevengoed (NWC) major dec. Aaron Padrnos, 17-5 [10-4]
149: Steven Schaffer (NWC) dec. Cody Goldschmidt, 8-6 [10-7]
157: Chris Stevermer (No. 10, SJU) major dec. Brett Gudeman, 16-5 [14-7]
165: Nick Schuler (SJU) major dec. Zach Fishman (No. 12), 12-1 [18-7]
174: Matt Rogers (SJU) dec. Aaron Ruskell, 13-6 [21-7]
184: David Rademacher (SJU) dec. Chris Michael, 12-7 [24-7]
197: Riad Abu-Smail (SJU) dec. Forrest Marx, 4-3 [27-7]
285: John Scepaniak (SJU) won by forfeit [33-7]

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