COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – No. 6 Concordia-Moorhead built an 18-0 lead en route to a 39-3 wrestling win over Saint John’s on Friday, Feb. 13, in Collegeville.
The Cobbers (12-5 dual record) won five of the six matches decided by three points or less.
Jake Krogstad, who is ranked as high as fourth in the country, started the dual at 165 pounds with a pin of sophomore Teddy Erickson (Annandale, Minn.) with one second left in the second period (ahead 6-3).
Concordia added a pin and two more decisions before sophomore Colin Fisher (Eagan, Minn.) put SJU (6-17 dual record) on the scoreboard with a 3-2 win, thanks to 1:40 of riding time, at heavyweight.
Junior Ben Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) suffered his first loss to a Division III wrestler this season, 2-0 to the Cobbers’ Jacoby Bergeron at 141 pounds. Bergeron, who is ranked as high as fourth nationally, chose down to start the second and earned an escape. Henle, ranked seventh, chose down to start the third, but could not escape during the entire two-minute third period to give Bergeron the extra point for riding time (1:40 total). Bergeron is now 30-6, while Henle fell to 24-7 on the season.
Sophomore Branden Schorr (Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead at 149 pounds but gave up seven straight points before falling by pin in 3:47. Freshman Chase Monger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) ended the dual with a 3-1 loss at 157 pounds on a takedown at the final horn.
Senior Ryan Michaelis (Monticello, Minn.), who is 10-1 and ranked as high as sixth nationally at 197 pounds, did not wrestle.
The Johnnies return to competition in two weeks at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday, March 28. The meet is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Augsburg’s Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis. The top three at each weight class qualify for the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships, which are scheduled for March 13-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
No. 6 Concordia-Moorhead (CON) 39, Saint John’s (SJU) 3
125: Richy Soto (CON) dec. Ben Kollaja, 2-1 [3-21]
133: Will McCarthy (CON) pinned Tevin Zavadil, 2:04 [3-27]
141: Jacoby Bergeron (No. 4/6, CON) dec. Ben Henle (No. 7/8), 2-0 [3-30]
149: Jake Kostik (CON) pinned Branden Schorr, 3:47 [3-36]
157: Ben Cousins (CON) dec. Chase Monger, 3-1 [3-39]
165: Jake Krogstad (No. 4/5, CON) pinned Teddy Erickson, 4:59 [0-6]
174: Sebastian Gardner (No. 8, CON) pinned Nick Hoff, 2:48 [0-12]
184: Dane Ringquist (CON) dec. Nick Pegelow, 4-1 [0-15]
197: Danny Pike (CON) dec. Robert Tait, 8-5 [0-18]
285: Colin Fisher (SJU) dec. Tyler Hoffman, 3-2 [3-18]
*the dual started at 165 pounds