Saint John’s goes 2-1 at UW-La Crosse Duals

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The nationally-ranked Saint John’s wrestling team went 2-1 at the Wisconsin-La Crosse Duals on Saturday, Dec. 7.

SJU (2-2 overall), ranked No. 18 by the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA), started the day with a 28-6 win over No. 21 Wisconsin-Stevens Point and tallied a 31-10 victory over NAIA Waldorf (Iowa) before falling to No. 25 Cornell (Iowa), 26-11. The Johnnies cut their deficit against Cornell to 13-11, but lost the final four matches.

Saint John's JohnniesBoth of SJU’s nationally-ranked wrestlers went 2-0 with a decision and a major decision on the day. Senior Ryan Arne (Orono, Minn.), ranked eighth at 157 pounds (NWCA), topped Stevens Point’s Jamey Simmons (7-4) and Waldorf’s Bryce Robbins (17-3), one point from a technical fall, before taking a seat against Cornell. Sophomore Ben Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer), ranked fifth (NWCA) at 141 pounds, tallied a 3-2 win over the Pointers’ Jared Kust, a transfer from Division II St. Cloud State, and returned to the mat with an 11-1 major decision against Cornell’s Samuel Chalkley.

The Johnnies were perfect on the day at 141, 157 and 165 pounds. Junior Evan Guffey (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) won his lone match of the day, 3-2, at 141 pounds, while junior Ochirbat Bayanjargal (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) filled in for Arne with a 10-0 major decision against Cornell. Senior Aaron Brasket (Independence, Minn./Delano), like Guffey, went 1-0 with a 6-3 win at 165 pounds. Brasket filled in for senior Brandon Seppelt (Foley, Minn.), who registered a pair of two-point decisions earlier in the day.

Senior John Scepaniak (Avon, Minn./Holdingford) and junior Ryan Michaelis (Monticello, Minn.) went 2-1 at heavyweight and 197 pounds, respectively.

SJU returns home to host Division II Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Sexton Arena in Collegeville.

No. 18 Saint John’s (SJU) 28, No. 21 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) 6
125: John Wells (SJU) major dec. Ryan Osse, 10-1 [4-0]
133: Lance Fabry (UWSP) dec. Mike Pleski, 6-4 [4-3]
141: Ben Henle (No. 5, SJU) dec. Jared Kust, 3-2 [7-3]
149: Joe Hessing (SJU) dec. Trevor Spears, 9-6 [10-3]
157: Ryan Arne (No. 8, SJU) dec. Jamey Simmons, 7-4 [13-3]
165: Brandon Seppelt (SJU) dec. Logan Hermsen, 6-4 [16-3]
174: Bill Langford (UWSP) dec. David Rademacher, 6-0 [16-6]
184: Josh Willaert (SJU) dec. Andy Borchardt, 5-3 [19-6]
197: Ryan Michaelis (SJU) dec. Steve Asmondy, 9-4 [22-6]
285: John Scepaniak (SJU) pinned Luke Hoffman, 1:20 [28-6]

No. 18 Saint John’s (SJU) 31, Waldorf (WC) 10
125: Bo Bettinson (No. 7, WC) dec. John Wells, 11-9 [0-3]
133: Raymond McQueen (WC) dec. Andy Poster, 7-5 (OT) [0-6]
141: Evan Guffey (SJU) dec. Dillon Spates, 3-2 [3-6]
149: Joe Hessing (SJU) pinned Martin Lopez, 2:07 [9-6]
157: Ryan Arne (No. 8, SJU) major dec. Bryce Robbins, 17-3 [13-6]
165: Brandon Seppelt (SJU) dec. Dmonte Aursby, 3-1 [16-6]
174: Teddy Erickson (SJU) pinned Jacob Baumann, 1:24 [22-6]
184: Brock Binversie (No. 10, WC) major dec. Josh Willaert, 11-2 [22-10]
197: Ryan Michaelis (SJU) won by forfeit [28-10]
285: John Scepaniak (SJU) dec. Angel Gomez, 10-5 [31-10]

No. 21 Cornell (COR) 26, No. 18 Saint John’s (SJU) 11
125: Ben Rosen (COR) dec. John Wells, 5-1 [0-3]
133: Nathan Shank (COR) pinned Mike Pleski, 6:10 [0-9]
141: Ben Henle (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Samuel Chalkley, 11-1 [4-9]
149: Trevor Engle (No. 9) major dec. Joe Hessing, 13-5 [4-13]
157: Ochirbat Bayanjargal (SJU) major dec. Daniel Klema, 10-0 [8-13]
165: Aaron Brasket (SJU) dec. Brian Cristion, 6-3 [11-13]
174: Brent Hamm (COR) dec. Teddy Erickson, 6-0 [11-16]
184: Kevin Stahmer (COR) dec. Brock Friesen, 7-2 [11-19]
197: Alex Coolidge (No. 5, COR) dec. Ryan Michaelis, 5-2 [11-22]
285: Carl Gaul (COR) major dec. John Scepaniak, 15-7 [11-26]

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