Saint John’s 26, St. Olaf 12

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Nationally-ranked Saint John’s won four of its last five matches to defeat St. Olaf 26-12 on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Collegeville.

Saint John's JohnniesWesley Azariah gave St. Olaf (0-3 dual record) an early 3-0 lead with 9-8 win over freshman John Wells (Janesville, Wis./Milton) at 125 pounds. Wells entered the third period with a 6-5 lead and riding time, but Azariah tallied a two-point near fall late to earn the win.

Sophomore Dalton Sowers (Long Lake, Minn./Delano) posted a pin in 1:54 at 133 and sophomore Evan Guffey (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) added to the lead with a 2-1 win at 141.

The Oles cut into the lead at 149 pounds and tied it with a wild 13-11 overtime win from Jacob Bohler at 157 pounds. Junior Ryan Arne (Orono, Minn.) led 7-3 after the first period but Bohler’s late takedown, plus riding time, sent the match to overtime (11-11) and another takedown 19 seconds in gave him the victory.

Senior Chris Stevermer (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake) pinned his opponent in 4:24 and junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) edged James Roach with an 8-7 decision after gaining an 8-1 lead in the second period. Both wrestlers pumped up a weight class for the evening’s matches. Stevermer is currently ranked No. 10 at 157 pounds by

Senior Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), the sixth-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds (NWCA), gained a technical fall in 5:10 (22-7). Sophomore Ryan Michaelis (Monticello, Minn.) earned a 3-1 win at 197 pounds before the Oles’ Zach Gibson handed freshman Matt Kadrlik (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley) his first loss of the season, 7-3.

The SJU junior varsity dropped its dual to Ridgewater, 31-15.

The Johnnies return to action Saturday, Dec. 8, at the St. Cloud State Open. The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud.

No. 27 Saint John’s (SJU) 26, St. Olaf (STO) 12
125: Wesley Azariah (STO) dec. John Wells, 9-8 [0-3]
133: Dalton Sowers (SJU) pinned Nichola Chrisner, 1:54 [6-3]
141: Evan Guffey (SJU) dec. Adam Woitalla, 2-1 [9-3]
149: Carl Elmer (STO) dec. Cody Goldschmidt, 8-1 [9-6]
157: Jacob Bohler (STO) dec. Ryan Arne, 13-11 (OT) [9-9]
165: Chris Stevermer (No. 10 @ 157, SJU) pinned Alex Evan, 4:24 [15-9]
174: Nick Schuler (SJU) dec. James Roach, 8-7 [18-9]
184: Mitch Hagen (No. 6, SJU) tech. fall Mark Shepard, 22-7/5:10 [23-9]
197: Ryan Michaelis (SJU) dec. Ryan Williamson, 3-1 [26-9]
285: Zach Gibson (STO) dec. Matt Kadrlik, 7-3 [26-12]

157: Ochirbat Bayanjargal (SJU) dec. Thomas Mork, 6-5