Saint John’s 40, Mary 3

SJU Rolls to 40-3 Wrestling Win Over Division II Mary

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling won its second dual in the row with a 40-3 decision over Division II Mary (N.D.) on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Collegeville.

Freshman Chase Monger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) started the dual with an exciting 7-5 win in overtime at 157 pounds. Down 4-0, Monger scored an escape in the second period and chose down to start the third. He tallied a reversal and two-point near fall to gain a 5-4 lead, but his opponent’s point for riding time sent it to overtime, 5-5. Monger scored a takedown 19 seconds into the extra frame to win the match, his first competitive bout since Dec. 6, to improve to 5-6 on the season.

Saint John's JohnniesSophomore Teddy Erickson (Annandale, Minn.) followed with a 7-4 decision at 165 pounds and freshman Nick Hoff (Rushford, Minn./Rushford-Peterson) pinned his opponent in 1:00 at 174. Hoff now has a 9-5 record with eight pins.

A forfeit at 184 pounds gave SJU (6-16 dual record) an 18-0 lead before senior Ryan Michaelis (Monticello, Minn.) moved his season record to 10-1 with a 10-5 win at 197. He is ranked seventh nationally by

Travis Smith recorded the lone win for Mary (1-11 dual record) at heavyweight over sophomore Colin Fisher (Eagan, Minn.), 4-0.

Following the Marauders’ second forfeit at 125 pounds, senior Evan Guffey (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) extended the Johnnies’ lead to 30-3 with an 8-6 win, his 10th of the season (10-11 record), at 133.

Junior Ben Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) improved to 23-5 with a pin in 2:21 at 141 pounds and sophomore Adam Sutlief (Browerville, Minn.) ended the dual with a 12-4 major decision at 149. Henle is ranked as high as seventh by and has won 17 of his last 18 matches.

The Johnnies host the annual North Country Open at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Donald McNeely Spectrum (fieldhouse).

Saint John’s 40, Mary 3
157: Chase Monger (SJU) dec. Paul Michaelson, 7-5 OT [3-0]
165: Teddy Erickson (SJU) dec. Riley Nagel, 7-4 [6-0]
174: Nick Hoff (SJU) pinned Jered Keller, 1:00 [12-0]
184: Aaron Baker (SJU) won by forfeit [18-0]
197: Ryan Michaelis (No. 7, SJU) dec. Tom DeVito, 10-5 [21-0]
285: Travis Smith (UM) dec. Colin Fisher, 4-0 [21-3]
125: Ben Kollaja (SJU) won by forfeit [27-3]
133: Evan Guffey (SJU) dec. Hunter Menendez, 8-6 [30-3]
141: Ben Henle (No. 7/8, SJU) pinned Miguel Rivera, 2:21 [36-3]
149: Adam Sutlief (SJU) major dec. Dane Fischer, 12-4 [40-3]

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