STORM LAKE, Iowa – Saint John’s wrestling opened its weekend trip to Iowa with a 28-20 loss to Buena Vista on Friday, Jan. 10, in Storm Lake, Iowa.
The Johnnies (1-3 dual record) answered a forfeit at 125 pounds with back-to-back 9-0 wins from seniors Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) and Anthony Hennen (Cologne, Minn./Norwood-Young America) to gain a short-lived 8-6 lead. Becker, who is ranked as high as No. 4 at 133 pounds, is now 8-1 on the year.
The Beavers (3-3 dual record), however, won four of the next five matches to accumulate a 28-11 lead. Senior Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) picked up SJU’s lone win during that span with an 8-2 victory at 157 pounds.
Senior Dominic Skawiniak (Rogers, Minn.) edged his opponent at 197 pounds, 8-7, and freshman Mason Nibbe (Elbow Lake, Minn./West Central Area) closed the dual with a pin at heavyweight.
The Johnnies compete at Central’s Under Armour Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in Pella, Iowa.
Buena Vista (BVU) 28, Saint John’s (SJU) 20
125: Brandon Foster (BVU) won by forfeit [0-6]
133: No. 4/5 Noah Becker (SJU) major dec. Byron Fleming, 9-0 [4-6]
141: Anthony Hennen (SJU) major dec. Axel Hernandez, 9-0 [8-6]
149: Collin Stilson (BVU) pinned Graham Evavold, 2:10 [8-12]
157: Jerod Novak (SJU) dec. Teyler Bruch, 8-2 [11-12]
165: Parker Preul (BVU) pinned Julian Mares, 3:22 [11-18]
174: Floyd Miller (BVU) major dec. Jacob Scherber, 14-3 [11-22]
184: Diego Escarcega (BVU) pinned Lincoln Shinn, 2:27 [11-28]
197: Dominic Skawiniak (SJU) dec. Don Phillips, 8-7 [14-28]
285: Mason Nibbe (SJU) pinned Nick Mitchell, 3:33 [20-28]
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