Saint John’s 44, Minnesota West 6

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded five pins, including a new program record from freshman Owen Herbst (Buffalo, Minn.), in a 44-6 win over Minnesota West C.T.C. on Saturday, Jan. 27, in Sexton Arena.

The two teams forfeited the match at 125 pounds and exchanged forfeits at 149 and 184. In the remaining seven bouts, SJU recorded bonus-point wins – five pins and two major decisions.

Freshman Erick Solano (Katy Texas/Paetow) gave up an early takedown in his match at 133 pounds, but he scored a reversal and turned it into a pin 1:16 into the bout.

Freshman Connor Krueger (Superior, Wis.) followed with a fall in 18 seconds at 141 pounds, his seventh-straight win (16-6 record), and freshman Kris Castro (Simi Valley, Calif./Chaminade) posted a 20-11 major decision at 157. Ahead 11-10 entering the third period, Castro chose down and tallied a reversal with a minute left and surrendered an escape. He sealed the victory on a takedown with 15 seconds remaining and a four-point near fall at the horn for his 15th win of the season (15-8 record).

Junior Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) jumped out to a 7-0 first-period lead in an eventual 9-1 major decision at 165 pounds to improve to 14-6 on the year.

Herbst broke the SJU record for the fastest pin with an 8-second fall at 174 pounds. The previous record was Matt Kadrlik ’16, at heavyweight, during the 2013-14 season. Herbst is now 8-1 this season with five pins.

Sophomore Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) extended his win streak to seven matches with a pin in 2:41 at 197 pounds, and freshman Cody Kwak (Ridgeland, Wis./Menomonie) ended the dual with a fall – his team-leading 11th of the season – in 42 seconds at heavyweight. Hunter is now 11-3, while Kwak is 15-8.

Herbst (sixth at 174), Krueger (seventh at 141 pounds), and Hunter (eighth at 197 pounds) were ranked in the top eight of their respective weight classes in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Upper Midwest region rankings released yesterday (Jan. 26). Herbst and Krueger were also listed as honorable mention (Nos. 29-36) by in its latest rankings posted Jan. 15.

The Johnnies travel to compete at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Blugold Open at 10 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 3.

Saint John’s 44, Minnesota West 6
125: Open
133: Erick Solano (SJU) pinned Ethan Meyer, 1:16 [6-0]
141: Connor Krueger (SJU) pinned Kaiden Lowman, 0:18 [12-0]
149: Ty Borge (MNW) won by forfeit [12-6]
157: Kris Castro (SJU) major dec. Ian Johnson, 20-11 [16-6]
165: Logan Thorsten (SJU) major dec. Joseph Kallevig, 9-1 [20-6]
174: Owen Herbst (SJU) pinned Daunte Hill, 0:08 [26-6]
184: Ben Gilbertson (SJU) won by forfeit [32-6]
197: Zachariah Hunter (SJU) pinned Deante Porter, 2:41 [38-6]
285: Cody Kwak (SJU) pinned Brody Knapp, 0:42 [44-6]

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