EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Four Saint John’s wrestlers claimed top-four finishes at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s 8-Man Battle on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) finished third with a 2-1 record at 184 pounds. He started his day with a pin, but suffered a 5-2 decision in the semifinal. He bounced back with a major decision (14-3) over freshman Nate Langer (St. Paul, Minn./Eastview) in the third-place match.
Freshman Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) matched Gilbertson’s record and finish at 157 pounds. He, like Gilbertson, started the tournament with a fall and lost a nail-biter, 6-5, in the semifinal. He returned the favor with a 5-4 decision over Buena Vista’s Jacob Hanssen in the third-place bout.
Sophomore Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville) claimed fourth with a 1-2 record at 165 pounds. He pinned his first opponent before falling to Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Chad Schmidt, who is ranked No. 7 nationally, by a 10-4 decision in the semifinal and suffered a 13-6 defeat in the third-place match.
UW-Eau Claire 8-Man Battle Results
The Johnnies return to the mat in 13 days for its 7 p.m. dual against Ridgewater on Friday, Dec. 3, in Sexton Arena.
-Chad Crocker (0-1)
-Wareke Gillette (2-0)
-Julian Mares (Fifth, 1-1)
-Logan Thorsten (Third, 2-1)
-Hayden LeMonds (Fourth, 1-2)
-Noah Whitfield-Lopez (0-2)
-Ben Gilbertson (Third, 2-1)
-Hayden Hedrington (Sixth, 1-2)
-Nate Langer (Fourth, 1-2)
-Levi Henry (0-1)
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