SJU Wrestling Competes Saturday at St. Cloud State’s Husky Open

The Johnnie wrestling team returns to the mat this Saturday, Dec. 8, at the St. Cloud State Open. The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. start at the Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse.

Saint John’s recorded a trio of top-three finishes last Saturday (Dec. 1) at the MSU-Moorhead Open. Junior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) won the 133-pound title with a 3-0 record. He started his morning with a pin and a 5-3 decision of Concordia-Moorhead’s Jacob Prunty (5-3). Becker earned first-place honors with an 8-2 win over Division II MSU-Moorhead’s Seth Hutchison to improve to 7-1 on the young season.

Senior Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) claimed third place at 197 pounds with a 3-1 record. He book-ended his day with a pair of decisions over Concordia-Moorhead wrestlers, 7-2 vs. Bryce Kallenbach in the first match and 11-4 vs. Jacob Arends in the third-place match. Dodd bounced back from a narrow 3-2 loss to Logan Rhode of Division I North Dakota State with an 18-1 technical fall in the consolation semifinal. Dodd is currently ranked No. 10 at 197 pounds by and is 6-2 on the year.

sjulogoFreshman Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) went 2-1 to take second in the 174-pound white bracket. He cruised to the championship bout with a 3-1 decision of Division II Northern State’s Jake Flakus and a 19-2 technical fall of NAIA Jamestown’s Thomas Ingraham, but fell to Rochester C.T.C.’s Jeremiah Colon via major decision (12-1).

LAST YEAR’S TOURNEY: SJU placed four wrestlers, including top-two finishes from its two nationally ranked student-athletes, at last year’s (Dec. 9, 2017) Husky Open. Dodd, the then-No. 8 wrestler at 184 pounds, led the Johnnies with a 3-0 record and a first-place finish. He started his day with a 5-0 win over Augsburg’s Lorenzo Hernandez and won the semifinal bout, 4-2 over St. Cloud State’s Riley Vanik. Dodd won the title with a narrow 6-5 victory over the Auggies’ Jackson Graham, a transfer from SJU. He posted a 3-1 overtime win over Graham earlier in the season (Nov. 18) at the Augsburg Open.

The 125- and 133-pound weight classes only had six participants each, so those participants wrestled five matches in a round-robin format. Then-No. 9 Becker finished second at 125 with a 4-1 record. His lone loss was a 9-6 decision to St. Cloud State’s Brett Velasquez, who was ranked No. 1 in Division II.

Junior Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) went 2-2 to claim fifth at 157 pounds and junior Andrew Smith (Amery, Wis.) totaled a 2-3 record to take sixth in the round-robin 133-pound bracket.

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