Johnnies’ Gilbertson named At-Large Academic All-District

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Five Saint John’s student-athletes, including junior wrestler Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice), were named to the College Sports Communicators (formerly College Sports Information Directors of America, CoSIDA) Academic All-District at-large team on Tuesday, May 23.

Under a new format for the 2022-23 academic year, each institution may nominate up to five student-athletes for Academic All-District recognition in the at-large category, which includes men’s fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Nominees must be a sophomore or older with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher and participate in 50 percent of their team’s competitions.

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Organization Equals Success for SJU Wrestler

By Frank Rajkowski

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Ben Gilbertson is a big believer in sticking to a well-planned schedule. That’s a big part of why the Saint John’s University junior wrestler has achieved success on and off the mat in Collegeville.

“Time management is huge,” said Gilbertson, a 184-pound Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduate, who has a team-best 10 wins this season and maintains a 3.75 cumulative GPA. “I know how much time I need to devote to academics and how much time I need to devote to wrestling. If there’s any time left over, I’m usually using that to do something that benefits either my academic or athletic career.

“My schedule is pretty jam-packed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Then I leave myself two hours to unwind and debrief before getting back at it the next day. It’s pretty regimented, I know, but I feel like it has to be that way if I want to succeed in multiple areas in life. And, hopefully, these are skills that will benefit me in the future when my time at Saint John’s is done.” Continue reading at →

Benton County Connection Clicking on the Mat at SJU

By Frank Rajkowski, SJU Writer/Video Producer

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Ben Gilbertson and Logan Thorsten have more in common than just their shared roots in Central Minnesota.

The duo – let’s call them the Saint John’s University wrestling team’s Benton County Connection – are also each driven by a deep motivation to demonstrate what they are capable of at the college level.

“Coming out of high school, I had a couple of offers from schools here and there, but not really a lot of them,” said Thorsten, a 157-pound freshman from Foley High School who qualified for the Class 2A state meet four times during his prep career, including a fourth-place finish as a senior last season.

“So I do want to show people they missed out. But I’m naturally competitive anyway. I think everybody on this team has that drive to be the best they possibly can.”

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