SJU’s Becker Hoping Injuries in the Past, Berth at Nationals in His Future

By Frank Rajkowski, SJU Writer/Video Producer

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – No one wants to start their senior season sidelined by injury.

But Saint John’s senior wrestler Noah Becker is hoping the leg injury that kept him out of action early on actually represented a positive reversal of fortune.

“I’m thinking it may have worked out pretty well,” he said with a chuckle. “Hopefully, I got it out of the way now. Usually, I end up getting hurt at the end of the season.”

Indeed, injuries prior to the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Regional meet the past two seasons have likely kept the Browerville High School graduate from returning to nationals, after qualifying at 133 pounds as a freshman in 2017.

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NCAA wrestling award standings updated for 2020 season

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For falls and tech falls to be counted for the awards they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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Johnnies Win Three Weights at Central’s Under Armour Invite

PELLA, Iowa – Saint John’s wrestling crowned three champions at Central’s Under Armour Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Pella, Iowa.

Senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) extended his win streak to eight matches with a 4-0 record to win the 133-pound bracket. He is ranked as high as No. 4 nationally by and is 12-1 on the year.

Senior Jerod Novak (Aitkin, Minn.) won the title at 157 pounds with a trio of decisions, improving to 8-3 this season, while sophomore Jacob Scherber (Buffalo, Minn.) totaled three bonus-point wins to take the 174-pound title. He won the championship by injury default and is now 17-10 on the year.

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Buena Vista 28, Saint John’s 20

STORM LAKE, Iowa – Saint John’s wrestling opened its weekend trip to Iowa with a 28-20 loss to Buena Vista on Friday, Jan. 10, in Storm Lake, Iowa.

The Johnnies (1-3 dual record) answered a forfeit at 125 pounds with back-to-back 9-0 wins from seniors Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) and Anthony Hennen (Cologne, Minn./Norwood-Young America) to gain a short-lived 8-6 lead. Becker, who is ranked as high as No. 4 at 133 pounds, is now 8-1 on the year.

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Johnnies Travel to Iowa This Weekend for Two Competitions

The Johnnie wrestling team travels south to Iowa for a pair of competitions this weekend, beginning with a 4 p.m. dual at Buena Vista Friday, Jan. 10, in Storm Lake. SJU then competes at Central’s Under Armour Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in Pella. – Live Video (Friday) | Live Results (Saturday)

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (1-2 dual record) suffered a 47-3 dual loss at No. 3 Augsburg last Saturday (Jan. 4) in Minneapolis. The Auggies recorded seven bonus-point wins, including four pins and a pair of technical falls.

The lone win for SJU was a big one, as senior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) handed No. 1/2 Victor Gliva (14-1 record) his first loss of the season with a 6-3 decision at 133 pounds. Gliva was ranked No. 1 nationally in the rankings (Dec. 18) and No. 2 by the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA, Nov. 27).

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