Johnnies Travel Thursday for Ridgewater

Saint John’s wrestling travels to Willmar for a 7 p.m. dual at Ridgewater on Thursday, Feb. 9.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: A familiar face and a new one placed for Saint John’s wrestling at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open this past Saturday (Feb. 4).

Sophomore D.J. Myles (Dayton, Minn./Champlin Park) won the consolation title with a 4-1 record at 197 pounds – his first competitive matches since Dec. 3 due to injury – to lead SJU. His lone loss, which came in the second round, was to a Division I wrestler. Myles bounced back with three straight wins: a forfeit, pin and major decision.

Junior Logan Hennen (Prior Lake, Minn.) made his SJU wrestling debut and finished sixth with a 2-2 record, including a medical forfeit over junior Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice), at 184 pounds. Sophomore Nate Langer (St. Paul, Minn./Eastview) was the other Johnnie with two wins (2-2 record) at 165 pounds.

SJU’S PROBABLE LINEUP: The Johnnies are scheduled to take this lineup to Willmar Thursday.
125: Freshman Teagyn Ludwig (8-8)
133: Open
141: Freshman Andrew LeMire (3-6)
149: Open
157: Sophomore Logan Thorsten (7-12)
165: Sophomore Nate Langer (4-12)/Senior Logan Edwards (0-6)
174: Junior Hayden LeMonds (7-9)
184: Junior Logan Hennen (2-2)
197: Sophomore D.J. Myles (7-4)/Freshman James Diaz (0-13)/Freshman Zachariah Hunter (3-6)
285: Sophomore Thomas Allen (2-16)

LAST YEAR: SJU forfeited the first four weights in a 30-23 loss to Ridgewater the last time these two teams met for a dual last Dec. 3 (2021) in Sexton Arena. The Johnnies won four of the five live matches, cutting its deficit to 24-23, as Ridgewater forfeited the bout at 174 pounds.

Down 24-0, sophomore Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) started SJU’s string of wins with a 4-2 victory in triple overtime at 157 pounds.

Senior Julian Mares (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat) followed with a 15-0 technical fall in the second period, SJU picked up the forfeit win at 174 and Gilbertson tallied a 6-3 decision at 184 pounds.

The Warriors’ Rick Jones sealed the win with a first-period pin at heavyweight.

Ridgewater (RC) 30, Saint John’s (SJU) 23
125: Matthew Miller (RC) won by forfeit [0-6]
133: Tristian Lang (RC) won by forfeit [0-12]
141: Sawyer Varpness (RC) won by forfeit [0-18]
149: Lane Lembke (RC) won by forfeit [0-24]
157: Thorsten (SJU) dec. Wilhelm Yasseri, 4-2 (3OT) [3-24]
165: Mares (SJU) tech. fall Fischer Drury, 15-0 [8-24]
174: Wareke Gillette (SJU) won by forfeit [14-24]
184: Gilbertson (SJU) dec. Maxwell Whitney, 6-3 [17-24]
197: Henry (SJU) pinned Johan Rodvik, 4:08 [23-24]
285: Rick Jones (RC) pinned Allen, 1:53 [23-30]

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