MSU-Moorhead 29, Saint John’s 15

Johnnies Split Matches, Fall to MSU-Moorhead

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded a season-high five wins but surrendered three bonus-point victories, as well as a forfeit at 149 pounds, in a 29-15 loss to Division II MSU-Moorhead on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Collegeville.

MSU-Moorhead (1-1 dual record) started the dual with a pair of pins before senior Ben Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer), who is ranked fifth nationally at 141 pounds by, put SJU (0-3 dual record) on the scoreboard with a 5-2 decision. He is now 9-3 on the season.

Saint John's JohnniesThe Dragons rattled off 11 straight points, thanks to a forfeit at 149 pounds and a technical fall at 157, before junior Teddy Erickson (Annandale, Minn.) improved to 5-7 with a 4-2 decision at 165.

MSU answered with a decision of its own, but freshman Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) cut SJU’s deficit to 26-12 with a pin at 184 pounds. He is now 8-5 on the year.

A regular at 197 pounds, sophomore Nick Pegelow (Eagan, Minn./Eastview) bumped up to heavyweight once again and earned his first at 285, a 7-5 decision, to end the dual.

MSU-Moorhead hosts Long Island University Post on Friday at Nemzek Hall at 4:00 pm.

The SJU wrestling team travels to La Crosse, Wis., for three duals this Saturday, Dec. 5. The Johnnies are scheduled to face top-ranked Wartburg (Iowa) at 9 a.m., No. 19 Cornell (Iowa) at 10:45 a.m. and the host Eagles, ranked fifth nationally, at 12:30 p.m.

MSU-Moorhead 29, Saint John’s 15
125: Jared Goldsmith (MSU) pinned Ben Kollaja, 1:52 [0-6]
133: Blake Bosch (No. 5, MSU) pinned Chris Ortman, 6:06 [0-12]
141: Ben Henle (No. 5, SJU) dec. Kristian Vazquez, 5-2 [3-12]
149: Isaac Novacek (MSU) won by forfeit [3-18]
157: Garret Hoffner (MSU) tech. fall Branden Schorr, 18-1 [3-23]
165: Teddy Erickson (SJU) dec. Adam Blees, 4-2 [6-23]
174: Brayden Kuntz (MSU) dec. Muqkadeen Poole, 14-7 [6-26]
184: Luke Dodd (SJU) pinned Austin May, 3:18 [12-26]
197: Austin Warren (MSU) dec. Glenn Castro, 5-0 [12-29]
285: Nick Pegelow (SJU) dec. Michael Urban, 7-5 [15-29]

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