FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Saint John’s freshman Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) finished third and two other Johnnies won the “warrior” brackets at the two-day Citrus Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 30, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Wrestlers who suffered two losses Wednesday and were eliminated, as well as those that recorded their second loss Thursday morning, were added to separate “warrior” (single-elimination, consolation) brackets in adjacent to the main tournament.
Freshman Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) led SJU with a 6-1 record to finish third at 157 pounds. He won his first two matches Wednesday before suffering a close 3-2 defeat to Logan Dubuque of Castleton (Vt.) in the quarterfinal. Thorsten bounced back with an 8-2 win and rattled off three more on Thursday, including a 9-7, overtime victory over Dubuque in the third-place bout. He is now 13-6 on the year.
Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice), like Thorsten, won his first two matches Wednesday at 174 pounds, but dropped a pair of decisions to drift to Thursday’s “warrior” bracket. He cruised through it, recording two pins and a major decision, before posting a 5-2 win in the first-place match. Gilbertson is now 12-7 this season.
The two-day tournament served as the first competitive matches of the season for five of the eight Johnnies, including freshman D.J. Myles (Dayton, Minn./Champlin Park). Myles won his first collegiate match via fall at 197 pounds, but lost his next two by the same result. He responded with three wins, including two more pins, Thursday to win the “warrior” bracket with a 4-2 record.
The Johnnies travel to Pella, Iowa next weekend for two events at Central. SJU faces Schreiner (Texas) at 3 p.m. and the Dutch at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, and competes at Central’s Under Armour Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.
-Logan Thorsten (Third, 6-1)
-Logan Edwards (0-3)
-Ben Gilbertson (First/Warrior, 6-2)
-Andrew Hamilton (2-3)
-Tommy Gilmore (0-3)
-Levi Henry (0-3)
-D.J. Myles (First/Warrior, 4-2)
-Aaron Voigt (0-3)
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