NWCA Releases Final Regular Season NCAA D3 Men’s Coaches Polls

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released the final regular season NCAA Division III Men’s Coaches Polls, which now have Wartburg leading the Tournament poll and Augsburg still in the #1 spot in the dual poll. 

In the tournament team poll, the top five are comprised of #1 Warburg (77.5), #2 Augsburg (77), #3 UW La Crosse (56.5), #4 North Central (47), and #5 Coast Guard (39). 

The top five teams in the dual poll are #1 Augsburg (10-1), #2 Wartburg (15-1), #3 UW La Crosse (12-2), #4 North Central (11-2), and #5 Coe (12-2).

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Saint John’s 37, Ridgewater 10

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded bonus-point wins in four of the six matches for a 37-10 victory over Ridgewater on Friday night, Feb. 9, in Sexton Arena.

Sophomore Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) started the dual at 197 pounds with a second-period pin in 3:44 to improve his season record to 14-6.

Freshman Cody Kwak (Ridgeland, Wis./Menomonie) followed with a pin of his own at heavyweight, but in comeback fashion. Following a scoreless first period, Ridgewater’s Tucker Hugg deferred and Kwak chose down to start the second. Hugg turned the advantage into a four-point near fall and escaped with 1:48 left in the third period to build a 5-0 lead. Kwak, however, scored a takedown and secured a pin with 1:05 remaining. The fall was the team-leading 14th for Kwak, who is now 18-9 on the season.

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Augsburg Now #1 in both NWCA D3 Men’s Tournament and Dual Polls

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released the NCAA Division III Men’s Coaches Polls, where Augsburg remains atop the Tournament poll and takes over the #1 spot in the dual poll after their tight 20-19 win over Wartburg in the always exciting “Battle of the Burgs!”.

In the tournament team poll, the top five are comprised of #1 Augsburg (77), #2 Warburg (73), #3 UW La Crosse (58), #4 North Central (51), and #5 Baldwin Wallace (38).

The top five teams in the dual poll are #1 Augsburg (8-1), #2 Wartburg (14-1), #3 UW La Crosse (12-2), #4 North Central (10-2), and #5 Coe (10-2).

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Johnnies Host Ridgewater Friday for Senior Night, Home Finale

Saint John’s wrestling hosts Ridgewater for Senior Night and its home finale at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Sexton Arena.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Four Saint John’s wrestlers finished in the top eight at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open last Saturday (Feb. 3). Only 24 of SJU’s 46 countable matches were against NCAA Division III competition.

Freshman Connor Krueger (Superior, Wis.) led the Johnnies with a seventh-place finish at 141 pounds. He started his day with a pair of decisions, 6-0 and 7-1, before he fell to Division I South Dakota State’s Avery Allen via major decision in the quarterfinal. Krueger suffered his second loss of the day by a decision but bounced back with a 24-9 technical fall in the seventh-place bout. He is now 19-8 on the season.

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Four Johnnies Place at UW-Eau Claire’s Open

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Four Saint John’s wrestlers finished in the top eight at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Only 24 of SJU’s 46 countable matches were against NCAA Division III competition.

Freshman Connor Krueger (Superior, Wis.) led the Johnnies with a seventh-place finish at 141 pounds. He started his day with a pair of decisions, 6-0 and 7-1, before he fell to Division I South Dakota State’s Avery Allen via major decision in the quarterfinal. Krueger suffered his second loss of the day by a decision but bounced back with a 24-9 technical fall in the seventh-place bout. He is now 19-8 on the season.

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