SJU Travels Tuesday to Concordia

Saint John’s wrestling visits Concordia for a number of exhibition matches at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Moorhead.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s suffered a 25-19 loss at Ridgewater last Thursday (Feb. 9) in Willmar. The dual featured a scoring run from each team and was decided in the final match.

Following a double forfeit at 125 pounds, freshman Teagyn Ludwig (Richmond, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins) gave SJU an early 4-0 lead with a 12-4 major decision at 133. Ridgewater, however, answered with four-straight wins to gain a 19-4 lead.

The Johnnies put together a three-match comeback – a forfeit at 174 pounds, pin from junior Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville) at 184 and a 5-3 decision from sophomore D.J. Myles (Dayton, Minn./Champlin Park) at 197 – to tie the dual at 19-19 heading into the heavyweight bout. Freshman Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) bumped up from his usual 197 pounds to 285 and was pinned in the second period.

Ridgewater (RC) 25, Saint John’s (SJU) 19
125: Open
133: Teagyn Ludwig (SJU) major dec. Tristian Lang, 12-4 [4-0]
141: Cole Holien (RC) pinned Andrew LeMire, 4:25 [4-6]
149: Brady Holien (RC) major dec. Jorge Hernandez, 8-0 [4-10]
157: Taedon Nichols (RC) dec. Logan Thorsten, 3-2 [4-13]
165: Wilhelm Yasseri (RC) pinned Nate Langer, 1:15 [4-19]
174: Logan Edwards (SJU) won by forfeit [10-19]
184: Hayden LeMonds (SJU) pinned Johan Rodvik, 1:47 [16-19]
197: D.J. Myles (SJU) dec. Rick Jones, 5-3 [19-19]
285: Austin Schlangen (RC) pinned Zachariah Hunter, 4:40 [19-25]

Exhibition Matches
197: Ross Meskimen (RC) pinned James Diaz, 3:25
285: Charlie Farhat (RC) tech. fall Thomas Allen, 15-0

PREPPING FOR REGIONAL: Tuesday’s dual is the Johnnies’ final competition before the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional next Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25, hosted by Concordia (Wis.) in Mequon, Wis. The top-three finishers in each of the regional’s 10 weight classes advance to the 2023 NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held March 10-11 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.

JOHNNIES MAKING THE TRIP: Due to injuries, five Johnnies are scheduled to compete in a number of matches Tuesday night at Concordia.

157: Logan Thorsten (7-13)
165: Nate Langer (4-13)
174: Hayden LeMonds (8-9)
197: D.J. Myles (8-4)
285: Thomas Allen (2-17)

LAST YEAR: Concordia handed SJU a 47-0 loss the last time these two teams met Jan. 22 (2022) in Collegeville. The Johnnies forfeited four weights and neither team had a wrestler at 125 pounds.

Aaron Voigt wrestled the most competitive match of the dual in a close 3-1 loss to the Cobbers’ Chase Dockter at heavyweight. Dockter scored a takedown with 34 seconds remaining in the bout.

Concordia-Moorhead (CON) 47, Saint John’s (SJU) 0
125: Open
133: Ty Bisek (CON) won by forfeit [0-6]
141: Jacob Prunty (CON) won by forfeit [0-12]
149: Kellen Schauer (CON) won by forfeit [0-18]
157: Tyler Bents (CON) major dec. Julian Mares, 14-5 [0-22]
165: Bret Wilson (CON) pinned Logan Edwards, 3:53 [0-28]
174: Jaykob Mills (CON) won by forfeit [0-34]
184: Ayden Friese (CON) major dec. Hayden Hedrington, 8-0 [0-38]
197: Gabe Zierden (CON) pinned D.J. Myles, 2:13 [0-44]
285: Chase Dockter (CON) dec. Aaron Voigt, 3-1 [0-47]

Exhibition Matches
197: Levi Henry (SJU) dec. Junior Surpris, 7-3
197: Junior Surpris (CON) pinned Tommy Gilmore, 6:58
184: Nate Langer (SJU) pinned Jaykob Mills, 1:58

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