NWCA Division III Poll – February 2, 2023

Manheim, PA – On Thursday the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their fifth set of regular season Division III Men’s Coaches Tournament and Dual Polls, as well as national and regional individual rankings.

Wartburg now sits at the top of both the Tournament and Dual Top 25 polls. This following their 22-14 upset win over then #1 Augsburg. The tournament poll top five is now comprised of #1 Wartburg (71 pts), #2 Johnson & Wales (51 pts), #3 Augsburg (48pts), #4 Baldwin Wallace (45.5 pts), and finally #5 Loras (34 pts).

Wartburg (12-1) is now the new #1 jumping up from third while #2 Augsburg (8-1), #3 Johnson & Wales (26-3), #4 UW-La Crosse (13-3), and #5 Baldwin Wallace (15-2) round out the top five.

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Itasca 27 Saint John’s 20

Forfeits Trip Johnnies in Road Loss

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded four bonus-point wins but forfeited two weights in a 27-20 loss at Itasca C.C. on Friday afternoon, Jan. 27.

SJU started the dual with pins from junior Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) and freshman Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively.

Freshman Teagyn Ludwig (Richmond, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins) tallied a 14-4 major decision at 125 pounds and classmate Andrew LeMire (Stacy, Minn./Forest Lake) gave the Johnnies a 20-12 lead with a major decision of his own, 13-5, at 141.

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Johnnies Travel North for Friday Matinee

The Johnnie wrestling team travels north to face Itasca C.C. for a 1 p.m. dual this Friday, Jan. 27, in Grand Rapids.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Two Saint John’s wrestlers – juniors Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) and Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael Albertville) – finished second at the Johnnies’ annual North Country Open this past Sunday (Jan. 22) in Sexton Arena. The tournament consisted of 125 wrestlers from all three NCAA divisions and junior college.

Gilbertson started his day at 184 pounds with a 25-6 technical fall and edged Brett Graham from Division II MSU-Moorhead with a 5-4 decision in the semifinal, before falling to Division II St. Cloud State’s Bryce Fitzpatrick by a 4-1 score in the final. He now boasts a team-leading 12 wins (12-8 record) this season.

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Gilbertson and LeMonds Take Second at North Country

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Two Saint John’s wrestlers – juniors Ben Gilbertson (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) and Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael Albertville) – finished second at the Johnnies’ annual North Country Open on Sunday, Jan. 22, in Sexton Arena.

The tournament consisted of 125 wrestlers from all three NCAA divisions and junior college.

Gilbertson started his day at 184 pounds with a 25-6 technical fall and edged Brett Graham from Division II MSU-Moorhead with a 5-4 decision in the semifinal, before falling to Division II St. Cloud State’s Bryce Fitzpatrick by a 4-1 score in the final. He now boasts a team-leading 12 wins (12-8 record) this season.

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Organization Equals Success for SJU Wrestler

By Frank Rajkowski

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Ben Gilbertson is a big believer in sticking to a well-planned schedule. That’s a big part of why the Saint John’s University junior wrestler has achieved success on and off the mat in Collegeville.

“Time management is huge,” said Gilbertson, a 184-pound Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduate, who has a team-best 10 wins this season and maintains a 3.75 cumulative GPA. “I know how much time I need to devote to academics and how much time I need to devote to wrestling. If there’s any time left over, I’m usually using that to do something that benefits either my academic or athletic career.

“My schedule is pretty jam-packed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Then I leave myself two hours to unwind and debrief before getting back at it the next day. It’s pretty regimented, I know, but I feel like it has to be that way if I want to succeed in multiple areas in life. And, hopefully, these are skills that will benefit me in the future when my time at Saint John’s is done.” Continue reading at gojohnnies.com →

SJU Hosts North Country Open Sunday

Saint John’s wrestling hosts its annual North Country Open at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in Sexton Arena.

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Ten Johnnies wrestled at Elmhurst’s large Al Hanke Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 14) in Illinois. The tournament consisted of 18 teams and 258 wrestlers. Six of the 10 Johnnies won a match on the day. Sophomore Logan Thorsten (157; Foley, Minn.), sophomore Noah Whitfield-Lopez (165; Wheatland, Wyo.) and junior Ben Gilbertson (184; Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice) all won their first bouts, but fell in round two.

WHO WILL BE THERE: The Johnnies are scheduled to be joined by Concordia-Moorhead, Division I Iowa State, Itasca C.C., Division II Mary (N.D.), Division II MSU-Moorhead, Division I North Dakota State, Ridgewater and Division II St. Cloud State.

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NWCA Division III Poll – January 18, 2023

Manheim, PA – On Wednesday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their fourth set of regular season Division III Men’s Coaches Tournament and Dual Polls, as well as national and regional individual rankings.

There has been quite the shake-up in both the team and tournament polls following the USMC/NWCA National Dual Meet Championship. In the tournament poll, #1 Wartburg (84.5 pts) and #2 Johnson & Wales (53 pts) stay in the top two positions, with #3 UW-La Crosse (41 pts) jumping up from sixth. #4 Baldwin Wallace (42.5 pts) trades spots with #5 Stevens Institute (34 pts) to round out the top 5.

The dual poll has recently crowned National Dual Champions Augsburg in the top spot with a perfect 6-0 record. Johnson and Wales (18-1) moves up to 2nd place after their national runner-up finish in Louisville to now #1 Augsburg. #3 Wartburg (8-1), #4 UW-La Crosse (11-2), and #5 Baldwin Wallace (12-2) complete the top 5.

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