Johnnies’ Becker Advances to Semifinals at Day 1 of NCAA Regional

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A pair of Saint John’s University seniors are still active following the first day of the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 28, in Minneapolis.

Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.), who is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally, won both of his matches at 133 pounds to reach the semifinals, where he will wrestle second-ranked Victor Gliva of Augsburg for a trip to the championship match and earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships. The top three wrestlers in each weight class advance to nationals. Becker defeated Gliva 6-3 the last time these two met on Jan. 4 in Minneapolis.

Competition resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Augsburg’s Si Melby Hall.

Becker cruised through his first two matches, the first via fall and the second by an 11-3 major decision, to improve to 21-1 on the year.

Senior Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) bounced back from a loss in his first match with two bonus-point victories at 157 pounds. He needs to win two bouts Saturday to reach the third-place match.

Senior Dominic Skawiniak (Rogers, Minn.) joined Becker as the other Johnnie to win his first match of the day, but suffered a pair of 4-2 losses to exit the tournament at 197 pounds. Tied 2-2 to fourth-ranked Lance Benick of Augsburg, Skawiniak surrendered a takedown with five seconds remaining in the quarterfinal.

NCAA DIII Regional Upper Midwest Brackets/Results on

133 -Noah Becker (2-0)
141 -Anthony Hennen (0-2)
149 -Dylan Hanson (1-2)
157 -Jerod Novak (2-1)
165 -Logan Edwards (0-2)
174 -Dan Gehrz (0-2)
184 -Jacob Scherber (0-2)
197 -Dominic Skawiniak (1-2)
285 -Quincy Spiering (1-2)

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