SJU Duo Earns Third NWCA All-America Scholar Honor

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Two Saint John’s University wrestling student-athletes, Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) and Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.), earned their third National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-America honor this week.

The NWCA All-America Scholar award is the third consecutive for Becker, while Novak achieved the distinction for the third time as well (last season and as a freshman in 2016-17).

To be eligible for Scholar All-America distinction, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of at least 3.20 (cumulative or last academic year), have a .500 match record or better and meet one of the three criteria: qualify for the NCAA Championships; place in the top eight at the NCAA regional and wrestle in 50 percent of the scheduled dates; or achieve a .665 winning percentage or better and wrestle in 50 percent of the scheduled dates.

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SJU’s Becker Secures NCAA Bid With Second-Place Finish at Regional

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Saint John’s University senior wrestler Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Minneapolis.

Becker punched his ticket to nationals, which will be held March 13-14 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a 7-5 win over No. 2 Victor Gliva of Augsburg in the 133-pound semifinals. He finished second overall with a 6-5 loss to undefeated No. 6/7 Matt Berlin (32-0 record) of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the championship bout.

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Johnnies’ Becker Advances to Semifinals at Day 1 of NCAA Regional

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A pair of Saint John’s University seniors are still active following the first day of the NCAA Upper Midwest Regional on Friday, Feb. 28, in Minneapolis.

Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.), who is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally, won both of his matches at 133 pounds to reach the semifinals, where he will wrestle second-ranked Victor Gliva of Augsburg for a trip to the championship match and earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships. The top three wrestlers in each weight class advance to nationals. Becker defeated Gliva 6-3 the last time these two met on Jan. 4 in Minneapolis.

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Saint John’s 45, St. Olaf 6

SJU Wrestling Posts Seven Pins in 45-6 Win

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling ended its 2019-20 dual schedule with a powerful 45-6 win at St. Olaf on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Northfield.

The Johnnies (2-5 dual record) totaled seven pins in the victory. Both teams forfeited the bout at 125 pounds and the Oles (1-2 dual record) were awarded six points when SJU forfeited the match at 149. The dual was likely the last for St. Olaf, which announced in October that it is discontinuing the sport at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) opened the dual with a second-period pin (3:30), his 15th consecutive win, at 133 pounds. He is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally (D3wrestle.com) and is now 19-1 this season.

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Johnnies End Dual Schedule Thursday at St. Olaf

Saint John’s wrestling ends it’s regular-season schedule with a 7 p.m. dual at St. Olaf on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Northfield.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (1-5 dual record) competed last Saturday (Feb. 8) at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open. Eleven Johnnies competed across six weight classes.

Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.), NCAA Division III’s third-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds (D3wrestle.com), posted a pin and 5-1 decision before bowing out of the tournament. He is now 18-1 on the year and riding a 14-match win streak.

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SJU Competes at Blugold Open

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Eleven Saint John’s wrestlers competed at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.), NCAA Division III’s third-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds (D3wrestle.com), posted a pin and 5-1 decision before bowing out of the tournament. He is now 18-1 on the year and riding a 14-match win streak.

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