2022 J-Club Hall of Honor Class: Minga Batsukh ’11

By Frank Rajkowski, SJU Writer/Video Producer

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – In the celebration that followed Minga Batsukh’s first national championship in 2009, a challenge was laid in front of the standout Johnnie wrestler.

“I remember everyone was cheering and yelling,” Batsukh recalls. “They were saying ‘You’re a national champion! You’re a national champion!’ But (current SJU head coach) Kevin Schiltz, who was an assistant coach for us at the time, told me it was going to be a lot harder to do it a second time. Everyone was going to be gunning for me.

“That really motivated me. It made me want to keep getting better and work even harder. I wanted to come back and do it again.”

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Minga Batsukh to be inducted into SJU J-Club Hall of Honor

Saint John’s University to Induct 11 into J-Club Hall of Honor Oct. 1

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Ten individuals and one team will be inducted into Saint John’s University’s J-Club Hall of Honor on Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of Homecoming festivities.

The dinner and enshrinement ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m. in Guild Hall (Old Gym) following the Johnnies’ Homecoming football game against Concordia-Moorhead in Clemens Stadium.

Registration is $75 per person through Sept. 25 ($100 per person after) and includes dinner and beverages. All proceeds go to the J-Club to support SJU athletics.

Each member of the Hall of Honor class will be highlighted in the weeks leading up to their induction with stories and videos on gojohnnies.com. This year’s class was selected by a vote of the J-Club’s board of directors, who considered nominations which can be made by any club member.

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Johnnies End Season at NCAA Regional

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Saint John’s wrestling ended its 2021-22 season at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 25, on the campus of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Sophomore Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville) was dealt an 8-4 setback in his first match of the day at 165 pounds, but bounced back with a pin of Lakeland’s (Wis.) David Aragon in 1:26. He fell to Elmhurst’s (Ill.) Jeff Nugent by pin in his second consolation bout.

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SJU Travels to Wisconsin for This Weekend’s NCAA Regional

Saint John’s wrestling competes at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional this Friday (11 a.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.), Feb. 25-26, at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s McPhee P.E. Center.

Competition begins at 11 a.m. Friday and goes through the championship quarterfinals and consolation quarterfinals. The regional resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday and will award first-through-sixth at each weight class.

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NWCA Division III Poll – February 18, 2022

Manheim, PA — On Friday the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their sixth and final set of Division III regular-season rankings. This is in advance of next weekend’s regional tournaments. Wartburg finishes the season atop the tournament poll with 87 points followed by North Central (41 pts). Rounding out the top five are #3 Wabash (41.5), #4 Baldwin Wallace (39.5), and #5 Coast Guard (29.5).

The individual rankings saw two new #1s at 125 and 141. Jacob Decatur of Baldwin Wallace takes over as the new #1 at 125 while Mount Union’s Jordin James moved to the top spot at 141.

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