Scherber and Smith Lead SJU at Eau Claire Open

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Seven Saint John’s wrestlers competed at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Freshman Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) posted a 4-1 record and led the Johnnies with a third-place finish at 174 pounds. He started his day with a pin of Concordia-Moorhead’s Nick Gravdahl but dropped a 6-2 decision to Augsburg’s Nick Rogge in the quarterfinal. Scherber bounced back with a pair of close decisions, 12-9 and 4-2, and took third with a pin of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Nate Mlodzik. He avenged last night’s 5-3 overtime loss to Eau Claire’s Toby Mosley with the 4-2 victory and is now 26-16 on the season.

Junior Andrew Smith (Amery, Wis.) responded from an opening-round loss with five straight wins, including three pins, to claim the 141-pound consolation title.

Junior Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) posted a major decision (15-7 over Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Nick Pretto) and a close decision (5-4 over Concordia-Moorhead’s Alexander Skaare) before bowing out of the tournament prior to facing top-ranked Ryan Epps of Augsburg in the semifinal. Novak recorded the Johnnies’ lone win (8-1) in last night’s dual loss to Eau Claire and is now 12-5 on the year.

2019 UWEC Don Parker Open Results

The Johnnies take on top-ranked Augsburg for a 7 p.m. dual Friday, Feb. 8, at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis.

-Josh Clark (0-2)

-Anthony Hennen (3-2)
-Andrew Smith (5-1 – Consolation Champion)

-Joe Hennen (0-2)
-Jerod Novak (2-0 – Sixth Place)

-Dan Gainer (0-2)

-Jacob Scherber (4-1 – Third Place)

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