Ridgewater 30, Saint John’s 23

Johnnies Win Four of Five Matches in Dual Loss

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s forfeited the first four weights in a 30-23 loss to Ridgewater on Friday, Dec. 3, in Sexton Arena.

The Johnnies (0-2 dual record) won four of the five live matches, cutting its deficit to 24-23, as Ridgewater (3-0 dual record) forfeited the bout at 174 pounds.

Down 24-0, freshman Logan Thorsten (Foley, Minn.) started SJU’s string of wins with a 4-2 victory in triple overtime at 157 pounds.

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Ridgewater returns to the mat

After last season was canceled due to COVID, Warriors return Thursday at Worthington

WILLMAR — Joey Brown is happy to be done with hypotheticals.

After his first year as Ridgewater College wrestling coach was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown has waited for his chance to put a team on the mat.

On Thursday, the Warriors will make their season debut when they compete at a triangular in Worthington against host Minnesota West and Northland College.

“It’s kind of exciting as we’re getting close because we actually get to wrestle,” Brown said. “A lot of it before was like, oh, we got this guy here, we got this guy there, this guy looks great there … but we haven’t seen any of them wrestle yet. Continue reading at wctrib.com →

The Warriors Have Ten New Positions Up For Grabs

Ridgewater College looks to field a full, competitive lineup

By Matt Krumrie

Joey Brown expected a lot of firsts as a first-year college coach rebuilding an NJCAA wrestling program. But not being able to compete due to a pandemic was the type of unexpected that no one could have predicted. Along with Ridgewater, Minnesota NJCAA programs Northland Community & Technical College and Itasca Community College also canceled their 2020-2021 season. But the past is the past, and Brown enters his second season even more excited about the future of Ridgewater Wrestling.

"We look forward to finally getting back on the mat after a year off," said Brown, who spent five years as the head wrestling coach at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, WA, before coming to Ridgewater. In addition, Brown spent time as a football, wrestling, and throws coach at Central High School (OR), McKay High School (OR), and Lake Stevens High School (WA).

While the team didn't compete last season, Brown continued recruiting, promoting, and working tirelessly to grow the Ridgewater program. He's certainly caught the attention of local wrestlers - 12 Minnesotans are on the Ridgewater roster.

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