Johnnie Wrestling Heads South for Saturday’s Minnesota West Open

Saint John’s travels south to compete at an open tournament hosted by Minnesota West Community & Technical College at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 20, in Worthington.

Saturday’s tournament will be held at Minnesota West’s Center of Health and Wellness (1450 College Way) in Worthington.

sjulogoA LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (1-2 dual record) earned its first dual win of the season with a 43-8 trouncing of No. 26 (NJCAA) Itasca C.C. last Friday (Jan. 12) in Sexton Arena. SJU recorded a pair of pins and Itasca forfeited four weights. Sophomore Anthony Hennen (Cologne, Minn./Norwood-Young America) started the dual with a 15-2 major decision at 141 pounds. SJU bounced back from an injury default at 149 pounds with a pin from freshman Brandon Ortman (Pierz, Minn.) at 157 and three consecutive forfeits to gain a 28-6 lead. Ortman was down 12-4 after the first period and 12-7 when he earned the fall at the 4:35 mark.

Junior Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview), who is ranked as high as seventh nationally at 184 pounds, bumped up to 197 and fell to the Vikings’ Corey Schmidt, 10-6. Sophomore Dominic Skawiniak (Rogers, Minn.) bumped up to heavyweight and put the Johnnies back in the win column with a pin in 3:58.

Sophomore Andrew Smith (Amery, Wis.) wrapped up the dual with a 13-10 win over ICC’s Tanner Reetz, who was ranked eighth in the NJCAA at 133 pounds. Smith had a pair of six-point leads, 6-0 and 10-4, but Reetz recorded a takedown and four-point near fall near the end of the second period to tie the match at 10-10. Reetz chose down to start the third period, but Smith scored a reversal with 55 seconds remaining and earned an extra point for riding time to improve to 10-5 on the year.

Sophomore Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) went 2-0 on the night, thanks to a forfeit at 165 pounds in the dual and an 11-1 major decision in an exhibition match.

Minnesota West Open Brackets/Results on

WHO WILL BE THERE: Saturday’s tournament is expected to include a wide array of wrestlers from the Upper Midwest.

Division I: Minnesota, South Dakota State
Division II: Augustana (S.D.), No. 16 MSU-Mankato, Northern State (S.D.), Southwest Minnesota State, No. 1 St. Cloud State
Division III: SJU, No. 1 Augsburg, Concordia-Moorhead
NAIA: Jamestown (N.D.), Morningside (Iowa), Northwestern (Iowa), Waldorf (Iowa), William Penn (Iowa)
NJCAA: Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa), Iowa Lakes C.C., Itasca C.C., Minnesota West C.T.C., North Iowa Area C.C., Rochester C.T.C.

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