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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Wisconsin-Eau Claire 54 Saint John’s 0

No. 19 UW-Eau Claire Blanks SJU

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – No. 19 Wisconsin-Eau Claire shut out Saint John’s wrestling 54-0 on Friday, Feb. 4.

The Blugolds (7-4 dual record) took advantage of forfeits at the three lower weights and tallied five pins in the remaining seven matches.

Sophomore Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) suffered a 7-5 loss to Jared Stricker at 174 pounds in the closest match for SJU (0-4 dual record). Down 6-2, Gilbertson was down to start the third period. He escaped and scored a takedown, but could not achieve back points and Stricker gained the extra point due to riding time.

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NWCA Division III Poll – January 27, 2022

Manheim, PA – On Thursday the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their fifth set of regular-season rankings. This is in advance of a busy week of competition highlighted by the top Division III wrestling rivalry, the “Battle of the Burgs” where #8/#4 Augsburg hosts #6/#1 Wartburg. This weekend’s slate also includes one of the top DIII tournaments in the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational.

Wartburg remains at the top of the Top 25 Tournament poll while Loras jumps from #2 into the top spot in the Top 30 Dual poll with their 9-0 record. North Central (#4/#2) and Wabash (#5/#3) continue to be the only two schools that find themselves ranked in the top five of both polls.

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