Four Johnnies advance to day 2 of NCAA regional

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Four Saint John’s University wrestlers advanced to Saturday following the first day of the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 23, at Augsburg.

The final day of competition is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start Saturday at Augsburg’s Si Melby Hall.

sjulogoAll four wrestlers went 2-1 Friday. The regional’s top three placewinners at each weight advance to the NCAA Division III Championships March 9-10 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Junior Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview), who is ranked seventh nationally at 184 pounds by D3wrestle.com, won his first match of the tournament via major decision (15-2) but fell to Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Jordan Newman, who is Division III’s top-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, via fall in the quarterfinal. Dodd bounced back with an 8-3 decision in his first consolation bout and will face Augsburg’s Sebastian Larson in the consolation quarterfinal Saturday morning.

Sophomore Anthony Hennen (Cologne, Minn./Norwood-Young America) started his day at 141 pounds with a major-decision loss to No. 7 Jimmy McAuliffe of Elmhurst (Ill.), but bounced back with a pin and a major decision of his own. He will face Concordia-Moorhead’s Adam Presler in the consolation quarterfinal tomorrow.

Sophomore Dominic Skawiniak (Rogers, Minn.), like Hennen, lost his first match of the day at 197 pounds but bounced back with a pair of wins. He pinned St. Olaf’s Sebastian Hyta in his first consolation match and earned a thrilling 17-10 victory over Chicago’s Duncan Payne. Skawiniak was down 8-1 in the second period against Payne, but scored a reversal and picked up six back points. He chose down to start the third and added another takedown and four-point near fall for good measure. Skawiniak will face Wisconsin-Platteville’s Cody Meyer in the consolation quarterfinal.

Sophomore Quincy Spiering (Mounds View, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) answered an opening-round fall with two first-period pins of his own at heavyweight. He will take on St. Olaf’s Troy Beaman in the consolation quarterfinal.

NCAA DIII Upper Midwest Regional Update

SJU’s Day 1 Performances

  • 125 -Noah Becker (1-2, 20-10 season record)
  • 133 -Andrew Smith (1-2, 15-14 season record)
  • 141 -Anthony Hennen (2-1, 13-17 season record)
  • 157 -Jerod Novak (0-2, 15-13 season record)
  • 165 -Brady Mehr (0-2, 3-8 season record)
  • 174 -Dan Gainer (0-2, 5-20 season record)
  • 184 -Luke Dodd (2-1, 15-9 season record)
  • 197 -Dominic Skawiniak (2-1, 7-21 season record)
  • 285 -Quincy Spiering (2-1, 10-7 season record)

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