Saint John’s wrestling competes at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s suffered a 36-12 dual loss last Friday (Jan. 31) at Concordia-Moorhead. The Cobbers recorded six bonus-point wins and earned a forfeit at 125 pounds.
Sophomore Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) stopped the skid for SJU with an 8-2 decision at 174 pounds for his team-leading 19th win of the season.
Senior Quincy Spiering (Mounds View, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) earned a pin, as the first period expired, at heavyweight for the fifth win in his last six matches.
The bout of the night, the dual’s final, featured senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) and the Cobbers’ Jacob Prunty at 133 pounds. Becker, who is ranked as high as No. 3 by D3wrestle.com, posted an 8-2 win over Prunty, who is ranked No. 6 by the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (Becker is No. 5).
WHO WILL BE THERE: In addition to SJU and the host Blugolds, other teams scheduled to compete Saturday include No. 2 Augsburg, Concordia-Moorhead, Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa), Division I Iowa, No. 3 Loras (Iowa), No. 19 Luther (Iowa), Division I Minnesota, Division II MSU-Mankato, Minnesota West C.T.C., Nebraska Wesleyan, No. 12 North Central (Ill.), Northland C.C., Ridgewater, Rochester C.T.C., Division II St. Cloud State, St. Olaf, Wheaton (Ill.), No. 11 Wisconsin-La Crosse and No. 13 Wisconsin-Whitewater.
LAST YEAR’S TOURNEY: SJU sent seven wrestlers to last year’s Blugold Open on Feb. 2 (2019).
Scherber posted a 3-2 record and led the Johnnies with a fourth-place finish at 174 pounds. He started his day with a pin of Concordia-Moorhead’s Nick Gravdahl but dropped a 6-2 decision to Augsburg’s Nick Rogge in the quarterfinal. Scherber bounced back with a pair of close decisions, 12-9 and 4-2, and took fourth after suffering a fall to Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Nate Mlodzik.
Senior Andrew Smith (Amery, Wis.) responded from an opening-round loss with five straight wins, including three pins, to claim the 141-pound consolation title.
Senior Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) posted a major decision (15-7 over Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Nick Pretto) and a close decision (5-4 over Concordia-Moorhead’s Alexander Skaare) before bowing out of the tournament prior to facing top-ranked Ryan Epps of Augsburg in the semifinal.
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