Four Johnnies Take First at Itasca’s Northwoods Scramble

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Four Saint John’s wrestlers took first place at Minnesota North-Itasca’s Northwoods Scramble on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Sophomore Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) led the way with a 3-0 record to win the championship at 197 pounds. He started his day with a quick pin in 34 seconds and scored a high-scoring 18-16 win in the semifinal. Hunter took first with a 7-2 decision over teammate Aidan Wayne (Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo) and is now 10-3 this season.

Three other Johnnies earned titles with 2-0 records. Freshman Connor Krueger (Superior, Wis.) collected a pair of decisions of 141 pounds, 5-0 and 9-3, and is now 15-6 this season with a six-match win streak.

Freshman Owen Herbst (Buffalo, Minn.) cruised to the crown at 174 pounds with a pair of bonus-point wins – a 16-1 technical fall and pin in 24 seconds – in his first matches since Dec. 9. He is now 7-1 on the mat this season.

Freshman Cody Kwak (Ridgeland, Wis./Menomonie) collected a 36-second pin and a 5-2 decision against Itasca wrestlers to win the heavyweight bracket. He is now 14-8 with a team-leading 10 pins.

Junior Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) finished second with a 3-1 record in the five-man round-robin at 165 pounds. He suffered a close 7-5 loss to Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Jon Harvey in his first match but responded with three straight decisions (4-1, 7-2, and 4-0) to move his season record to 13-6.

Northwoods Scramble Tournament Results

The Johnnies return home to host their annual North Country Open at 10 a.m. next Saturday, Jan. 20, in Sexton Arena.

125 (Round-Robin)
-Erick Solano (1-3)

-Connor Krueger (Champion, 2-0)

165 (Round-Robin)
-Logan Thorsten (Second, 3-1)

-Owen Herbst (Champion, 2-0)
-Noah Whitfield-Lopez (1-2)

184 (Round-Robin)
-Cage Linton (0-3)

-Zachariah Hunter (Champion, 3-0)
-Eric Jurek (1-2)
-Aidan Wayne (Second, 1-1)

-Thomas Allen (0-3)
-Cody Kwak (Champion, 2-0)

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