NWCA Division III Poll – February 26

Manheim, PA – Significant shuffling took place in the latest NWCA Division III Coaches Rankings released on Friday as only teams and athletes that had taken to the mat this season were included. Coming in atop the new team rankings is perennial DIII power Wartburg with eight ranked individuals. Wisconsin-La Crosse, the US Coast Guard Academy, Mount Union, Baldwin Wallace, and John Carroll round out the rest of the top-five.

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Johnnies Host Concordia Saturday Night

Saint John’s wrestling hosts Concordia-Moorhead at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Sexton Arena.

SORRY, NO FANS: Spectators will not be allowed at contests during the winter season. The MIAC released a statement regarding this decision:

“We have a small window for success this winter season. Our COVID Working Group, made up of conference members and medical advisors, supported no spectators for indoor winter sports due to health and safety concerns. This decision, supported by our institutions’ athletic directors and presidents, provides our best path forward to successfully and safely conduct winter sports. The decision was not made lightly. It is critical that we see success in the first few weeks of competition.”

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Division III cancels 2021 winter championships

Due to low participation numbers among member schools, NCAA Division III winter championships are canceled for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Division III Administrative Committee, acting on behalf of the Division III Management and Presidents Council, approved the recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel all winter championships. The committee has been closely monitoring and discussing the membership’s winter sport participation for several months, and it has been providing updates to the councils.

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Augsburg wins 13 out of 14 at Saint John’s

SJU Opens Shortened Wrestling Season Against Augsburg

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling opened its condensed 2020-21 schedule with 14 matches against Augsburg on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Collegeville. Team scores were not calculated.

Freshman Gabriel Ramirez (Immokalee, Fla.) went 1-1 on the day at 125 pounds. He led 4-3 after the first period of his first collegiate bout, but Augsburg’s Justin Stauffacher rattled off eight unanswered points to claim the 11-4 victory. Ramirez bounced back with a 9-0 major decision against Trevor Pearson.

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NWCA Division III Poll – January 21

Manheim, PA – With the status of the NCAA Division III Championships still up in the air, teams have begun their return to competition, and with that comes the first edition of the D3 Coaches Rankings, including the individual top-10 ranking and the team tournament top-15 poll. Wabash College starts the year as the nation’s top-ranked team with 41 points, while there is a logjam for second place with Wartburg, John Carrol, and the Coast Guard Academy all with 39 points. Wisconsin La Crosse rounds out the top-five with 35 points.

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SJU Wrestler Piles Up Impressive List of Accomplishments

By Frank Rajkowski, SJU

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Jacob Scherber grew up around wrestling.

His father Jason is a 1995 Saint John’s University graduate who qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet three times during his collegiate career. He then went on to serve as the head coach at Delano (Minn.) High School, as well as a coach at the youth level in nearby Buffalo.

“He’s always been my guide,” said Jacob Scherber, who followed in his father’s footsteps by enrolling at Saint John’s as a freshman in the fall of 2018.

“He helped instill in me a mentality of always working hard, and trying to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

“Seeing everything he was able to accomplish has always been motivational for me. It’s given me something to shoot for.”

And, indeed, Scherber has managed to pile up some impressive achievements of his own.

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