Gilbertson Leads SJU With Second-Place Finish at Dragon Open

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Two Saint John’s wrestlers placed at MSU-Moorhead’s Dragon Open on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) led SJU with a second-place finish (2-1 record) at 184 pounds. He started the day with a 9-5 decision over Lathan Duda of Division I North Dakota State and advanced to the title match with a medical forfeit. Gilbertson suffered a 12-1 loss to Southwest Minnesota State’s Caden Steffen, who is ranked fourth nationally in Division II and is 8-5 (5-2 vs. Division III wrestlers) so far this season.

A pair of Johnnies fared well at 157 pounds against all-Division II competition. Sophomore Wareke Gillette (St. Peter, Minn.) claimed sixth place with a 1-3 record, and freshman Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) went 2-2.

MSU Moorhead Dragon Open Results

The Johnnies compete at the Itasca C.C. Duals at 10 a.m. next Sunday, Dec. 12, in Grand Rapids.

-Wareke Gillette (Sixth, 1-3)
-Julian Mares (0-2)
-Logan Thorsten (2-2)

-Nate Langer (1-2)

-Ben Gilbertson (Second, 2-1)
-Hayden Hedrington (0-2)

-Levi Henry (0-2)

-Thomas Allen (0-3)

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