Saint John’s wrestling ends it’s regular-season schedule with a 7 p.m. dual at St. Olaf on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Northfield.
A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (1-5 dual record) competed last Saturday (Feb. 8) at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open. Eleven Johnnies competed across six weight classes.
Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.), NCAA Division III’s third-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds (D3wrestle.com), posted a pin and 5-1 decision before bowing out of the tournament. He is now 18-1 on the year and riding a 14-match win streak.
Sophomore Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) bumped up to 184 pounds and went 2-2, while seniors Dan Gainer (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall), Anthony Hennen (Cologne, Minn./Norwood-Young America) and Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) all recorded two wins apiece.
NEW RANKINGS STAY THE SAME: Becker stayed at No. 3 nationally at 133 pounds by D3wrestle.com (Feb. 12) and No. 5 by the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (Feb. 10).
A LOOK AT THE OLES: St. Olaf (1-1 dual record), like SJU, participated last Saturday (Feb. 8) at Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Senior Bryant Ridgway led the five-Ole contingent with a 2-2 record at 157 pounds. He is currently second on the team in wins (8-11 record), two behind his younger (sophomore) brother, Jack (10-10 record).
THURSDAY NIGHT’S PROBABLES: The two teams are scheduled to send these lineups to the mat Thursday night.
133: No. 3/5 Noah Becker (18-1) vs. Luke Wallace (2-7)
141: Anthony Hennen (11-18) vs. Dawson Kremlacek (2-4)
149: Dylan Hanson (7-12) vs. Jack Ridgway (10-10)
157: Jerod Novak (10-5) vs. Bryant Ridgway (8-11)
165: Logan Edwards (2-14) vs. Hadim Kon (0-2)
174: Dan Gainer (6-14) vs. Partev Galstyan (1-0)/Jonathan Thomas (1-0)
184: Jacob Scherber (21-16) vs. Kris Kurtz (5-13)
197: Dominic Skawiniak (11-11) vs. Josh Vannornam (0-0)
285: Quincy Spiering (10-10) vs. Harlen Nolasco (1-0)
THE LAST TIME: The Johnnies and Oles last met three years ago (Jan. 5, 2017), where SJU earned a 42-8 win at Cretin-Derham Hall High School. Four current Johnnies (Becker, Gainer, Hennen, Novak) and two current Oles (B. Ridgway, Wallace) wrestled in the dual.
Saint John’s (SJU) 42, St. Olaf (STO) 8
125: Anthony Hennen (SJU) pinned Lucas Womack, 4:16 [6-0]
133: Noah Becker (SJU) tech. fall Luke Wallace, 19-1 [11-0]
141: Andrew Smith (SJU) won by forfeit [17-0]
149: Collin LaBrosse (STO) dec. Branden Schorr, 11-4 [17-3]
157: Jerod Novak (SJU) dec. Mike Matheson, 4-3 [20-3]
165: Bryant Ridgway (STO) tech. fall Dan Gainer, 17-0 [20-8]
174: Teddy Erickson (SJU) pinned Benji Keillor, 5:41 [26-8]
184: Luke Dodd (SJU) won by forfeit [32-8]
197: Robert Tait (SJU) major dec. Sebastian Hyta, 12-2 [36-8]
285: Colin Fisher (SJU) pinned Alex Burns, 2:47 [42-8]
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