Saint John’s wrestling competes at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s McPhee Physical Education Center. Friday’s competition begins at 11 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. start Saturday.
Saint John’s suffered a 51-3 defeat to then-No. 1 Augsburg its last time out on Feb. 8 in Minneapolis. The Auggies took advantage of four forfeits and won their five matches by bonus points (three pins, one major decision and one technical fall).
Senior Luke Dodd (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) won the lone match for SJU with a 9-2 decision at 197 pounds. He broke a 2-2 tie with the match’s final seven points for the win. Dodd chose down to start the third period, scored a reversal in the first 10 seconds of the frame and squeezed for a four-point near fall with less than a minute remaining. He totaled 2:05 of riding time and is now 13-5 on the year.
TO REACH NATIONALS: The top three finishers in each of the 10 weight classes advance to the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.
SJU’S REGIONAL LINEUP: The Johnnies are scheduled to have nine wrestlers competing at this weekend’s regional.
125: Josh Clark (10-15)
133: Noah Becker (24-2)
141: Andrew Smith (9-14)
149: Anthony Hennen (9-22)
157: Jerod Novak (12-5)
165: Dan Gainer (6-18)
174: Jacob Scherber (25-18)
197: Luke Dodd (13-5)
285: Quincy Spiering (14-11)
WHO WILL BE THERE: In addition to SJU and UWEC, the 17-team NCAA Upper Midwest Regional consists of No. 2 Augsburg, No. 24 Chicago (Ill.), No. 20 Concordia-Moorhead, Concordia (Wis.), Elmhurst (Ill.), Lakeland (Wis.), the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.), Pacific (Ore.), St. Olaf, Wheaton (Ill.), No. 9 Wisconsin-La Crosse, No. 21 Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Platteville, No. 22 Wisconsin-Stevens Point and No. 14 Wisconsin-Whitewater.
LAST YEAR’S REGIONAL: SJU tied for 13th out of 17 teams at last year’s NCAA Upper Midwest Regional hosted by Augsburg. The Auggies won the tournament with 147 points, followed by No. 10 Wisconsin-La Crosse (128), No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater (93) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point (79). Four Johnnies advanced to day two of the tournament following 2-1 records on Friday, but all four suffered defeats in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday morning.
Dodd, who was ranked seventh nationally at 184 pounds by D3wrestle.com, fell to Augsburg’s Sebastian Larson by a 5-0 score to finish with a 15-10 record on the year. Junior Anthony Hennen (Cologne, Minn./Norwood-Young America) lost via fall in the third period to Concordia-Moorhead’s Adam Presler and junior Quincy Spiering (Mounds View, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) lost via fall to St. Olaf’s Troy Beaman. Wisconsin-Platteville’s Cody Meyer defeated junior Dominic Skawiniak (Rogers, Minn.) by major decision.
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