Saint John’s wrestling travels to compete at MSU-Moorhead’s Dragon Open at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
The Johnnies return to action Sunday following a two-week hiatus since the Nov. 23 Auggie-Adidas Invitational in Minneapolis.
Sophomore Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) took sixth at 174 pounds with a 2-2 record. He started his day with a 6-3 decision before falling to Augsburg’s Nick Rogge in the quarterfinal, 13-9. Scherber bounced back with a 9-2 before exiting the tourney via fall to Dalton Nelson of Division II Upper Iowa.
Freshman Mason Nibbe (Elbow Lake, Minn./West Central Area) was the other Johnnie with multiple wins on the day, as he claimed third in the silver bracket at heavyweight. He followed a 9-2 first-round win with a narrow 3-2 loss to Gage Wevley of Division II Southwest Minnesota State. Nibbe recorded a pin in the third-place match over Cameron Mitchell of NAIA William Penn (Iowa).
LAST YEAR’S TOURNAMENT: SJU recorded a trio of top-three finishes at last year’s Dragon Open held on Dec. 1, 2018.
Senior 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.
Luke Dodd ’19 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 D3wrestle.com and is 6-2 on the year.
Scherber 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).
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