Saint John’s 37 Buena Vista 15

Johnnies Win Final Six Matches to Top Buena Vista, 37-15

STORM LAKE, Iowa – Saint John’s wrestling won the dual’s final six matches to earn a 37-15 victory at Buena Vista on Saturday, Dec. 9.

A pin at 149 pounds gave the Beavers (1-4 overall) a 15-6 lead – after a forfeit at 141 put SJU on the scoreboard – but the Johnnies responded with six-straight wins, including the last four via fall.

Freshman Jon Gettel (Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s) started the streak with a 12-0 major decision at 157 pounds and junior Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) improved to 6-2 with a 7-3 decision at 165.

Freshman Owen Herbst (Buffalo, Minn.) moved his season record to 5-1 with a quick pin in 1:06 at 174 pounds and senior Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) posted a third-period pin (5:54), his first victory of the season (1-3 overall), at 184.

Sophomore Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) made his season debut and registered a pin in 3:21 to clinch the dual victory at 197 pounds and freshman Cody Kwak (Ridgeland, Wis./Menomonie) ended it with a pin in 3:19 at heavyweight to improve to 6-3.

The Johnnies travel to Florida for the two-day Citrus Invitational on Dec. 29-30 in Fort Lauderdale.

Saint John’s 37 Buena Vista 15
125: Tyler Japp (BVU) tech. fall Marcus Hayes, 25-10/6:59 [0-5]
133: Nolan Nguyen (BVU) major dec. Xavier Jones, 18-9 [0-9]
141: Erick Solano (SJU) won by forfeit [6-9]
149: Axel Hernandez (BVU) pinned Connor Krueger, 4:29 [6-15]
157: Jon Gettel (SJU) major dec. Hayden Stout, 12-0 [10-15]
165: Logan Thorsten (SJU) dec. Mason Noel, 7-3 [13-15]
174: Owen Herbst (SJU) pinned Max Mashek, 1:07 [19-15]
184: Ben Gilbertson (SJU) pinned Ryan Hunter, 5:54 [25-15]
197: Zachariah Hunter (SJU) pinned Luis Salazar, 3:21 [31-15]
285: Cody Kwak (SJU) pinned Colton O’Hern, 3:19 [37-15]

Exhibition
165: Kris Castro (SJU) dec. Jonah Siebert, 12-7

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