MOORHEAD, Minn. – Six Saint John’s wrestlers, all underclassmen, placed at the MSU-Moorhead Dragon Open on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the MSU-Moorhead Dragon Open. SJU was the only NCAA Division III program with competitors in the tournament.
Sophomore Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) won the 125-pound title with a 4-0 record. He won the championship with a 9-8 win over Division I South Dakota State’s Kahlen Morris. Ahead 8-6, Becker surrendered a match-tying takedown late but was able to earn an escape for the title. Becker is ranked ninth nationally at 133 pounds by the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) and is now 6-2 on the year.
Sophomore Andrew Smith (Amery, Wis.) placed second at 133 pounds and is now 6-2 on the young season. He started the day with a pair of decisions, 11-4 and 9-7, before falling to Division II St. Cloud State’s Garrett Vos via fall in the championship bout.
Four Johnnies placed in the white brackets. Freshman Brandon Ortman (Pierz, Minn.) won the 149-pound title with three second-period pins, while sophomore Jake Fernholz (Sartell, Minn./Sartell-St. Stephen) and freshman Noah Lefebvre (Foley, Minn.) finished fourth at 141 and 165 pounds, respectively. Sophomore Dan Gainer(St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) claimed fifth at 174.
The Johnnies compete closer to home next Saturday, Dec. 9, at the St. Cloud State Husky Open. The tournament is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start in Halenbeck Hall.
-Noah Becker (Champion, 4-0)
-Andrew Smith (Second, 2-1)
-Graham Evavold (White, 1-2)
-Jake Fernholz (Fourth, White; 2-2)
-Anthony Hennen (0-2)
-Brandon Ortman (Champion, White; 3-0)
-Noah Lefebvre (Fourth, White; 3-2)
-Dan Gainer (Fifth, White; 2-2)
-Luke Dodd (0-2)
-Dominic Skawiniak (White, 1-2)
-Quincy Spiering (White, 1-0)