The Johnnie wrestling team travels to compete at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
Concordia-Moorhead registered six bonus-point wins in a 33-13 victory over Saint John’s Wednesday night (Feb. 1) in Collegeville. SJU (6-4 dual record) earned a 6-4 lead thanks to a forfeit at 133 pounds, but the Cobbers (9-7 dual record) answered with two pins and a major decision in succession. Freshman Andrew Smith (Amery, Wis.) was ahead 10-6 in the first period at 141 pounds but was pinned at the 2:01 mark.
Sophomore Jack Barsody (Onamia, Minn./Milaca) stopped the bleeding for SJU with a strong 7-2 win at 165 pounds, his 10th victory of the season (10-13 record). The Johnnies aimed to win back-to-back matches, but senior Teddy Erickson (Annandale, Minn.) injury defaulted his match in the first period at 174 pounds.
Sophomore Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) continued his winning ways with a high-scoring 19-6 major decision at 184 pounds to improve to 14-8 on the year. The Cobbers answered with a major decision of their own before ninth-ranked Justice Davis recorded a narrow 3-2 win over senior Colin Fisher (Eagan, Minn.) to end the dual. Davis recorded a first-period takedown and accrued 2:03 of riding time in the match, to counter a pair of escapes for Fisher, for the win.
WHO WILL BE THERE: In addition to SJU and the host Blugolds, other schools scheduled to attend Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open include No. 2 Augsburg, Concordia-Moorhead, Luther (Iowa), Division II MSU-Mankato, North Central (Ill.), Ridgewater, No. 1 (DII) St. Cloud State, St. Olaf, Division II Wisconsin-Parkside, No. 5 Wisconsin-La Crosse and No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater.
WHO’S GOING?: The Johnnies are scheduled to send 10 wrestlers to Eau Claire:
- 133 -Noah Becker (19-7)
- 141 -Andrew Smith (5-18)
- 149 -Jake Fernholz (5-10)
- 157 -Dan Gainer (1-19)
- 174 -Mike Wagner (1-4)
- 197 -Robert Tait (7-2)
- 285 -Colin Fisher (6-5), Bryan Scepaniak (0-4), Dominic Skawiniak (0-6), Quincy Spiering (3-6)
LAST YEAR’S MEET: Seven Johnnies competed, but did not place, at last year’s Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open on Feb. 6 (2016). Four of the seven participants went 1-2 on the day: senior Branden Schorr (Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville) at 149 pounds; Barsody at 165 pounds; and Fisher and Bryan Scepaniak (Avon, Minn./Holdingford) at heavyweight.