Tough Slate of Opponents Control SJU in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Saint John’s wrestling ran into a buzzsaw with three dual losses to nationally-ranked teams at Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday, Dec. 5.

SJU (0-6 dual record) started the day with a 36-3 loss to top-ranked Wartburg (Iowa), last year’s national runner-up, and followed that with a 27-12 loss to No. 19 Cornell (Iowa). The Johnnies ended the day with a 45-0 loss to the host Eagles, who are ranked fifth nationally.

Saint John's JohnniesSenior Ben Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) earned SJU’s lone win, a 7-5 decision over No. 10 Kaz Onoo at 141 pounds, in the loss to Wartburg. He dropped his other two matches on the day and is now 10-5 on the year. Henle is ranked fifth nationally by D3wrestle.com at 141 pounds.

An 18-0 deficit to start the dual against Cornell proved to be too much in the eventual 27-12 loss. Junior Teddy Erickson (Annandale, Minn.) broke the skid with a pin at 165 pounds and classmate Glenn Castro (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) added a 5-4 decision at 184. Erickson lost his other two matches by close scores, 3-0 and 8-6. Junior Colin Fisher (Eagan, Minn.) ended the dual with his first win, a 3-1 decision, at heavyweight. He joined the team this week following the Johnnies’ football season.

La Crosse gained a forfeit at 133 pounds and recorded three technical falls and two pins in the finale.

The Johnnies return to action next Saturday, Dec. 12, at the St. Cloud State Open. The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Halenbeck Hall.

Candlewood Suites UW-La Crosse Wrestling Duals Complete Results

No. 1 Wartburg (WAR) 36, Saint John’s (SJU) 3
125: Zach Less (WAR) dec. Ben Kollaja (SJU), 9-2 [0-3]
133: Connor Campo (No. 3, WAR) major dec. John Wells (SJU), 15-5 [0-7]
141: Ben Henle (No. 5, SJU) dec. Kaz Onoo (No. 10), 7-5 [3-7]
149: Mark Pinero (No. 2/3, WAR) pinned Mike Pleski, 1:42 [3-13]
157: Blake Meyer (WAR) tech. fall Branden Schorr, 18-3/7:00 [3-18]
165: Nick Michael (WAR) dec. Teddy Erickson, 3-0 [3-21]
174: Mark Weber (WAR) dec. Muqkadeen Poole, 8-2 [3-24]
184: Brit Bastow (WAR) dec. Luke Dodd, 8-2 [3-27]
197: Kyle Fank (WAR) pinned Nick Pegelow, 0:48 [3-33]
285: Lance Evans (No. 7, WAR) dec. Colin Fisher, 5-0 [3-36]

No. 19 Cornell (COR) 27, Saint John’s (SJU) 12
125: Scott Smith (COR) major dec. Ben Kollaja, 12-2 [0-4]
133: Phillip Opelt (No. 5/7, COR) dec. John Wells, 9-3 [0-7]
141: Josh Martin (COR) dec. Ben Henle (No. 5), 8-2 [0-10]
149: Nathan Shank (COR) major dec. Mike Pleski, 12-3 [0-14]
157: Kaleb Winebarger (COR) major dec. Branden Schorr, 14-6 [0-18]
165: Teddy Erickson (SJU) pinned Ben Hewson, 4:54 [6-18]
174: Michael Maksimovic (COR) major dec. Muqkadeen Poole, 23-9 [6-22]
184: Glenn Castro (SJU) dec. James Garrett, 5-4 [9-22]
197: Ben Bergen (COR) tech. fall Luke Dodd, 22-6/7:00 [9-27]
285: Colin Fisher (SJU) dec. Eric Tucker, 3-1 [12-27]

No. 5 UW-La Crosse (LAX) 45, Saint John’s (SJU) 0
125: Ryan Weinmann (LAX) tech. fall Ben Kollaja, 16-0/5:00 [0-5]
133: Dustin Weinmann (No. 6/7, LAX) won by forfeit [0-11]
141: Cody See (No. 8, LAX) dec. Ben Henle (No. 5), 9-7 [0-14]
149: Mason Geary (LAX) dec. Mike Pleski, 9-2 [0-17]
157: Austin Schoen (LAX) tech. fall Branden Schorr, 18-2/5:00 [0-22]
165: Clark Doyle (LAX) dec. Teddy Erickson, 8-6 [0-25]
174: Tyler Schneider (No. 1, LAX) pinned Muqkadeen Poole, 0:49 [0-31]
184: Alex Friedman (LAX) dec. Luke Dodd, 7-4 [0-34]
197: Zach Tooley (LAX) tech. fall over Glenn Castro, 16-0/5:45 [0-39]
285: Clay Broze (LAX) pinned Nick Pegelow, 1:52 [0-45]

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