MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded four top-five finishes on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Auggie-Adidas Invitational in Minneapolis.
Senior Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) totaled a 3-1 record to finish second at 197 pounds. He started morning with a 5-0 shutout of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Lawrence Thomas and edged Augsburg’s Wyatt Richardson with a 3-2 decision in the quarterfinal. Dodd advanced to the final via medical forfeit and fell to Augsburg’s Lance Benick, who is ranked as high as sixth nationally, by a narrow 5-3 score.
Junior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) matched Dodd’s 3-1 record but finished fifth at 133 pounds. Three of his four matches were against NCAA Division II wrestlers. Becker’s lone loss was a 5-2 decision to Upper Iowa’s Justin Folley. He defeated Tyler Difiore of Luther (Iowa) 12-6 in the fifth-place match.
A pair of SJU freshmen, Josh Clark (Fridley, Minn./Totino-Grace) and Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.), claimed fifth place in the silver brackets. Clark bounced back from a major-decision loss at 125 pounds with a pair of pins, while Scherber did the same to finish 3-1 at 174. Scherber lost his quarterfinal match, 6-3.
The Johnnies return to action in two weeks (Dec. 1) at the MSU-Moorhead Open.
-Josh Clark (Silver, 2-1 – Fifth)
-Noah Becker (3-1 – Fifth)
-Zack Zavadil (0-2)
-Anthony Hennen (1-2)
-Joe Hennen (Silver, 0-2)
-Caleb Jungling (Silver, 0-2)
-Camden Tschudi (0-2)
-Dan Gainer (0-2)
-Jacob Scherber (Silver, 3-1 – Fifth)
-Dominic Skawiniak (1-2)
-Luke Dodd (3-1 – Second)