PELLA, Iowa – Saint John’s University junior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) led the Johnnies with his third tournament win of the season on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Central Invitational in Pella, Iowa.
Becker won the 133-pound title with a 3-0 record. He started the day with a pin and registered an 8-4 decision in the semifinal. Becker won the tourney with a 10-1 major decision of Wartburg’s Tyler Fleetwood and is now 16-2 on the year with wins in 14 of his last 15 matches.
Freshman Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) bounced back from an opening-round technical fall with three bonus-point wins to win the consolation title at 174 pounds. He tallied pins in his first two consolation bouts and ended the day with an 11-2 major decision over Simpson’s Damon Piatt. Scherber is now 14-9 this season.
Junior Dominic Skawiniak (Rogers, Minn.), like Scherber, suffered a bonus-point loss in the first round but answered with a pair of shutouts to win the consolation title at 184 pounds. He tallied a 5-0 decision in his first wrestleback and finished with an 11-0 major decision over Wartburg’s Justin Henry to improve to 7-6 on the year.
Junior Quincy Spiering (Mounds View, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) went 3-1, all pins, to claim fifth place at heavyweight. His lone loss, in the quarterfinal, was to Scott Dollison from NAIA Briar Cliff (Iowa). Spiering is 9-7 so far this season.
The Johnnies travel north on Tuesday, Jan. 8, for a pair of duals in Grand Rapids. SJU takes on the host Itasca C.C. at 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. bout with NAIA Jamestown (N.D.).
-Josh Clark (0-2)
-Noah Becker (3-0 – Champion)
-Zack Zavadil (Silver, 1-2 – Fourth Place)
-Anthony Hennen (2-2)
-Andrew Smith (1-2)
-Joe Hennen (Silver, 2-1)
-Dan Gainer (Silver, 2-1 – Fifth Place)
-Jacob Scherber (3-1 – Consolation Champion)
-Dominic Skawiniak (2-1 – Consolation Champion)
-Quincy Spiering (3-1 – Fifth Place)
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