Saint John’s 31, Ridgewater 9

Johnnies Bounce Back With 31-9 Win Over Ridgewater

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded a 31-9 win over Ridgewater on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Collegeville.

Following a double forfeit at 125 pounds, SJU (5-16 dual record) built a 15-0 lead thanks to a forfeit at 133, a 7-3 decision from freshman Chris Ortman (Pierz, Minn.) at 141 and a pin in 2:28 by sophomore Branden Schorr (Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville) at 149.

Saint John's JohnniesChris Schmidt erased a 5-0 deficit with 14 consecutive points before pinning senior Ochirbat Bayanjargal (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep) in 5:36 at 157 pounds for Ridgewater (1-7 dual record).

The Johnnies responded with four straight wins to earn the dual victory. Sophomore Brian McCann (Deerfield, Ill.) collected a pin at 165 pounds, followed by decisions from sophomore Glenn Castro (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) and freshman Nick Hoff (Rushford, Minn./Rushford-Peterson) at 174 (11-6) and 184 (7-3) pounds, respectively. The decision was the first win not by pin for Hoff, who is now 8-5 on the season.

Sophomore Robert Tait (Fairbault, Minn./Bethlehem Academy) tallied a 16-3 major decision at 197 pounds before the Warriors’ John Wittman ended the dual with a 9-6 win over freshman Noah Voigt (St. Augusta, Minn./St. Cloud Tech) at heavyweight. The match was the first of Voigt’s collegiate career.

Ortman won his second match of the night, in an exhibition bout, via major decision (17-7). He is now 5-2 on the season.

The Johnnies host Division II Mary (N.D.) for a 2 p.m. dual on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Sexton Arena.

Saint John’s 31, Ridgewater 9
125: Double forfeit
133: Tevin Zavadil (SJU) won by forfeit [6-0]
141: Chris Ortman (SJU) dec. Thomas Keskey, 7-3 [9-0]
149: Branden Schorr (SJU) pinned William Saydee, 2:28 [15-0]
157: Chris Schmidt (RC) pinned Ochirbat Bayanjargal, 5:36 [15-6]
165: Brian McCann (SJU) pinned Osmund Miller, 5:47 [21-6]
174: Glenn Castro (SJU) dec. Travis Cripe, 11-6 [24-6]
184: Nick Hoff (SJU) dec. Cody Babineau, 7-3 [27-6]
197: Robert Tait (SJU) major dec. Schoen Kichler, 16-3 [31-6]
285: John Wittman (RC) dec. Noah Voigt, 9-6 [31-9]
141: Chris Ortman (SJU) major dec. Jordan Backlund, 17-7

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