SJU’s Hagen and Willaert Claim Second at Competitive North Country Open

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint Johns placed six wrestlers in the top six of the 215-participant North Country Open on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Collegeville.

Senior Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), the fourth-ranked wrestler in Division III, went 3-0 with a pair of first-period pins and a decision in the semifinals at 184 pounds before falling to Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr 8-3 in the championship match. Pfarr is the younger brother of two-time SJU All-American Matt Pfarr ’12. Hagen is now 11-5 on the year.

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Freshman Josh Willaert (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) followed a similar path to the finals at 174 pounds with a pair of pins and two more decisions before falling to Dickinson State’s (N.D.) Cameron Schrempp, 4-2 in overtime. Willaert is now 16-3 this season.

Junior Nick Schuler (Roseville, Minn./Totino-Grace) improved to 13-1 at 165 pounds with three wins before leaving the tournament in sixth place. Freshman Simon Liedtke (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) finished fifth at 184 pounds with a 3-2 record.

Senior Charlie Kirscht (Garfield, Minn./Alexandria) went 3-1 at 141 before injury defaulting his final two matches to take sixth and junior Alex Peck (Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) went 3-2 before injury defaulting in the fifth-place match.

The Johnnies travel to compete at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open next Saturday, Feb. 9. The meet is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Eau Claire, Wis.

North Country Open Results

-Matt Hickerson: 0-1
-Ben Kollaja: 0-2
-Alex Rod: 0-2
-Sammy Roundtree: 0-2
-John Wells: 1-1

-Alex Peck: 3-2 (Sixth)
-Mike Pleski: 1-2

-Evan Guffey: 2-2
-Ben Henle: 2-2
-Tyler Isaacson: 1-2
-Charlie Kirscht: 3-1 (Sixth)

-Cody Goldschmidt: 3-2
-Jesse Rogers: 1-2
-Chris Stevermer: 2-2
-Jay Woiwor: 1-1

-Ryan Arne: 2-1
-Ochirbat Bayanjargal: 1-2

-Devin Nanik: 0-2
-Nick Schuler: 3-0 (Sixth)

-Aaron Brasket: 1-1
-Matt Rogers: 1-2
-Brian Schlichting: 0-2
-Josh Willaert: 4-1 (Second)

-Aaron Baker: 2-2
-Mitch Hagen: 3-1 (Second)
-Simon Liedtke: 3-2 (Fifth)
-Kyle Spengler: 1-2

-Riad Abu-Smail: 2-2

-Austin Johnson: 0-2
-Matt Kadrlik: 0-2
-Dino Saracco: 0-2
-John Scepaniak: 1-2

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