Johnnies Set for National Stage This Weekend

The SJU wrestling team, ranked third nationally, returns to action at the prestigious NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8-9. The Johnnies are scheduled to face No. 26 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) at 11 a.m. in the first round of the dual tournament held at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. –  Tournament Website | Bracket

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: SJU returns to competition for the first time since going 3-1 at the Vegas Duals Dec. 20. The Johnnies posted a 44-3 win over the University of Chicago, and sandwiched an 18-13 loss to then-No. 27 Olivet (Mich.) with tough wins over then-No. 1 Wartburg (21-15) and then-No. 3 Coe (18-17). SJU slid one spot to No. 3 in the latest Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Jan. 4. Other teams ranked from the NCAA Great Lakes Region include Augsburg (No. 1), which jumped five spots from sixth to the top ranking, Concordia-Moorhead (No. 7), Elmhurst (No. 22) and North Central (No. 27).

Six of the Johnnies’ starting 10 were ranked individually: senior Minga Batsukh (7-0 record; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), No. 3 at 149 pounds; senior Matt Baarson (10-2 record; Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park), No. 4 at 165; senior Chris Sandy (10-2 record; Spirit Lake, Iowa), No. 5 at 141; junior Dustin Baxter (9-1 record; Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), No. 8 at 184; junior Chad Henle (10-2 record; Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer), No. 8 at 133; and senior Tony Willaert (6-5 record, 5-3 at 197; North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial), No. 10 at 197.

BATSUKH THE BULLY: The bump up to 149 pounds from 141, a weight class in which he has won each of the last two national championships, seems to be a smooth transition thus far for senior Minga Batsukh, who went 3-0 in Las Vegas. Of his seven victories, he boasts three pins, one technical fall, two major decisions and just one straight decision.

BRACKET OPPONENTS: The Johnson & Wales dual will feature an All-American matchup at 184 between SJU’s Dustin Baxter and No. 6 Brennan Ward, the Wildcats’ lone nationally-ranked wrestler. Ward has won 14 consecutive matches since losing his season opener Nov. 6. He went 10-1 at 197 pounds before cutting down to 184 and posting four pins at the Gator Duals Dec. 19.

The Johnnies will face either No. 6 Ithaca (N.Y.) or No. 19 Wilkes (Pa.). Ithaca boasts five ranked wrestlers, including the fifth-ranked grapplers at 133 and 149. The Bombers are also strong at heavyweight (No. 4 Matt Mahon), 174 (No. 6 David Priest) and 157 (No. 7 Derek Brenon). Wilkes’ Anthony Dattolo is ranked eighth at 149 pounds.

The other cluster of four teams on the bottom end of the bracket features No. 2 Wartburg, No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead, No. 13 Dubuque (Iowa) and No. 28 Heidelberg (Ohio).

LAST YEAR: Saint John’s went 2-1 in the first day of last year’s National Duals. The Johnnies suffered a 22-15 loss to No. 12 Delaware Valley in the opening round before defeating Dubuque (Iowa) 19-18 and North Central (Ill.) 15-15 (won by tie-breaker criteria, most near-fall points). SJU forfeited the match at 125 in both duals the following day and fell then-No. 9 Concordia-Moorhead (22-13) and then-No. 16 Cornell of Iowa (25-20). Matt Baarson recorded a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament at 165 pounds.

Johnnie Wrestling Now Ranked No. 3, Schedule for National Duals Set

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The Saint John’s University wrestling team slid one spot to No. 3 in the latest Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Jan. 4.

NWCA Team Rankings | NWCA Individual Rankings | NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals Bracket

Other teams ranked from the NCAA Great Lakes Region include Augsburg (No. 1), which jumped five spots from sixth to the top ranking, Concordia-Moorhead (No. 7), Elmhurst (No. 22) and North Central (No. 27).

Six of the Johnnies’ starting 10 were ranked individually: senior Minga Batsukh (7-0 record; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), No. 3 at 149 pounds; senior Matt Baarson (10-2 record; Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park), No. 4 at 165; senior Chris Sandy (10-2 record; Spirit Lake, Iowa), No. 5 at 141; junior Dustin Baxter (9-1 record; Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), No. 8 at 184; junior Chad Henle (10-2 record; Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer), No. 8 at 133; and senior Tony Willaert (6-5 record; North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial), No. 10 at 197.

The Johnnies return to action this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8-9, at the prestigious NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals on the campus of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. SJU is scheduled to face No. 26 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) in the opening round at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Johnnies would then face either No. 6 Ithaca (N.Y.) or Wilkes (Pa.) at 3 p.m. The tournament is double elimination.

Desert Duals

December 20, 2010 at Las Vegas, NV

SESSION I

Wartburg I 39, Baldwin-Wallace 3

125 – Mark Kist (W) maj. Dec. Jeremy Denbrady 12-3
133 – Mike Kremer (W) maj. Dec. Phil Payne, 15-1
141 – Tommy Mirocha (W) dec. Grant Steward, 8-2
149 – Jacob Groth (W) tech. fall Tim Hamm, 5:30
157 – Carrington Banks (W) won by fall over Danny Huffman, 3:18
165 – Landon Williams (W) maj. Dec. Korey Leonhard, 19-7
174 – Andrew Scavuzzo (BW) dec. Ben Scott, 4-2
184 – Dylan Azinger (W) dec. Joe Georgad, 11-4
197 – Byron Tate (W) maj. Dec. Tristan Stoll, 16-4
HWT – John Helgerson (W) won by fall over Ryan Jones, :19

Coe I 28, Olivet I 9

125 – Clayton Rush (C) won by fall over Justin Fleeson, 3:57
133 – Drew Hinschberger (C) dec. Adam Wilson, 4-0
141 – Vince Tucker (O) dec. Chris LeClere, 6-4
149 – James Locke (C) dec. Steve Mena, 5-2
157 – Dale Handley (C) maj. Dec. James Myers, 11-2
165 – Nick LeClere (C) won by fall over Justin Jaynes, 4:39
174 – Scott King (C) dec. Trevor Tyler, 14-7
184 – Jim Neal (O) dec. Seth Rehn, 12-10
197 – Justin Leonard (O) dec. Matt Ferlitsch, 7-1
HWT – Alex Burkle (C) dec. Logan Renas, 8-1

Wartburg II 39, Morningside 3

125 – Alex Helmich (W) maj. dec. Kory Kistner, 11-3
133 – Mike Merritt (W) maj. Dec. Austin Case 12-3
141 – Nathan Vaske (W) maj. Dec. Taylor Phipps, 9-0
149 – Cole Welter (W) dec. Rulin Pederson, 11-5
157 – Jordan Langley (M) dec. Brice Gretch, 8-2
165 – Adam Weber (W) won by fall over Jared Wildeboer, 6:00
174 – Brad Banks (W) maj. Dec. Matt Mueller, 18-6
184 – Todd Becker (W) dec. John Sievert, 11-4
197 – Jacob Morris (W) won by tech. fall over Jake Parker, 5:37
HWT – Dylan Wrage (W) won by fall over Tyler Thompson, 1:22

Grand View 43, Pacific (Ore.) 9

125 – Michael Schultz (GV) won by forfeit
133 – Omi Acusta (GV) won by forfeit
141 – Nicholas Coffman (GV) won by forfeit
149 – Matt Burns (GV) won by fall over Devan Silva, 2:43
157 – Kody Kramer (P) dec. Ryan Hand, 7-5
165 – Tyler Knowler (GV) won by forfeit
174 – Caleb Malychewski (P) won by fall over Adam Houser, 7:13
184 – Will Worthy (GV) dec. Jordan Branson, 9-3
197 – Derek Nightser (GV) won by fall over Ron Neu, 1:10
HWT – Tyler Wilson (GV) won by fall over Jared Bridgewater, 1:16

St. John’s (Minn.) 44, Chicago 3

125 – Scott Dadmos (SJ) def. Jake Schramm 10-4
133 – Chade Henie (SJ) won by forfeit
141 – Chris Sandy (SJ) tech. fall Matt Hart, 6:40
149 – Minga Batsukh (SJ) won by fall over Joey Reuttiger, 3:38
157 – Drew Larson (SJ) dec. Jim Layton, 2-0
165 – Matt Baarson (Sj) won by fall over Josh Lowy, 2:05
174 – Matt Pfarr (SJ) dec. Takumi Mihama, 6-0
184 – Dustin Baxer (SJ) won by fall over Sam Pennisi, 2:16
197 – Tony Willeart (SJ) won by forfeit
HWT – Steve Sunderman (UC) dec. John Linn, 4-2

SESSION II

St. John’s 21, Wartburg 15

125 – Mark Kist (W) dec. Scott Padrnos, 10-4
133 – Mike Kremer (W) dec. Chad Henle, 10-3
141 – Chris Sandy (SJ) dec. Tommy Mirocha, 8-6 OT
149 – Minga Batsukh (SJ) won by fall over Jacob Groth, 4:25
157 – Carrington Banks (W) dec. Drew Larson, 7-2
165 – Matt Baarson (SJ) dec. Landon Williams, 10-9
174 – Mat Pfarr (SJ) dec. Bradley Banks, 4-3
184 – Dylan Azinger (W) dec. Dustin Baxter, 3-1 OT
197 – Byron Tate (W) dec. Tony Willaert, 12-6
HWT – John Linn (SJ) won by disqualification over John Helgerson

Wartburg II 25, All-Stars 15

125 – Jimmy Gotto (C) dec. Alex Helmich, 6-5
133 – Mike Merritt (W) dec. Andrew Taylor, 17-10
141 – Jordan Westfall (C) dec. Tucker Weber, 4-2
149 – Johnny Siegel (C) dec. Cameron Wagner, 4-2
157 – Colton Wagner (W) dec. Dmitri Boyer, 7-3
165 – Jase Schossow (W) won by fall over Dalton Fletcher, 2:39
174 – Ethan Ball (C) won by fall over Noah Minikus, 6:46
184 – Sam Upah (W) dec. Josh Crawford, 12-5
197 – Jacob Morris (W) won by fall over Anthony Menza, 1:18
HWT – Ryan Fank (W) dec. Jake Ceslick, 6-2

Baldwin-Wallace38, Pacific (Ore.) 14

125 – Jeremy Dombrady (BW) won by forfeit
133 – Phil Payne (BW) won by forfeit
141 – Grant Steward (BW) won by forfeit
149 – Devan Silva (P) dec. Tim Hamm, 10-3
157 – Cody Kramer (P) tech. fall Danny Huffman, 5:07
165 – Korey Leonard (BW) tech. fall Nathan Shay, 5:58
174 – Caleb Malychewski (P) won by fall over Andrew Scavuzzo, 4:07
184 – Joe Georgian (BW) dec. Jordan Branson, 9-5
197 – Tristan Stoll (BW) won by fall over Ron Neu, 2:30
HWT – Ryan Jones (BW) won by fall over Joe Bridgewater, 6:33

California Baptist 24, Grand View 12

125 – Jimmy Martinez(CB) maj. Dec. Alex Pietz, 10-2
133 – Omi Acosta (GV) dec. Landon Saldana, 14-8
141 – Nick Coffman (GV) maj. Dec. Paul Miller, 11-0
149 – Chris Santana (CB) dec. Matt Burns, 4-3
157 – Branson Gerl (CB) maj. Dec. Jarret Payne, 12-4
165 – Kenneth Tribble (CB) dec. Ty Knowler, 7-4
174 – C.J. Knowland (CB) maj. Dec. Adam Houser, 9-0
184 – Tommy Perez (GV) dec. Kyle Matthews, 7-3
197 – Caleb Gerl (CB) dec. Derek Nightser, 5-1
HWT – Alex Evers (CB) dec. Spencer Bauer, 7-3

St. John’s II 28, Chicago 15

125 – Jake Schamm (UC) won by forfeit
133 – Dalton Sowers (SJ) won by fall over Paul Mahoney, 1:01
141 – Alex Boosalis (SJ) dec. Johansen Amin, 7-4
149 – Cody Goldschmidt (SJ) dec. Donovan Sarno, 9-3
157 – Jim Layton (UC) dec. Charlie Kirscht, 6-3
165 – Josh Lowy (UC) dec. Dave Rademaier, 5-2
174 – Nick Schuler (SJ) maj. Dec. Tatum Mihana, 14-0
184 – Mitch Hagen (SJ) won by fall over Sam Pennisi, 3:43
197 – Riad Abu-Smail (SJ) won by forfeit
HWT – Stephen Sunderman (UC) dec. John Scepanian, 10-3

SESSION III

Grand View 22, Morningside 15

125 – Michael Schultz (GV) dec. Kody Kistner 10-3
133 – Travis Evans (GV) dec. Jake McGuire, 6-3
141 – Nick Coffman (GV) maj. Dec. Drew Smith 8-0
149 – Ryan Hand (GV) dec. Justin Truckenmiller, 2-1
157 – Ben Knight (M) dec. Matt Burns, 8-4
165 – Joe Sievert (M) dec. Ty Knowler, 8-4
174 – Chad Morehead (M) dec. Adam Houser, 5-1
184 – Tommy Perez (GV) won by fall over Brian Block, 1:55
197 – Derek Nightser (GV) dec. Tyler Kacmarynski, 6-5
HWT – Tyler Thompson (M) won by fall over Tyler Wilson, 1:04

Coe 32, California Baptist 12

125 – Clayton Rush (C) dec. Jimm Martinez 8-2
133 – Drew Hinschberger (C) dec. Landon Saldana 2-0
141 – Chris LeClere (C) won by fall over Paul Miller, 2:05
149 – Chris Santana (CB) dec. James Locke, 6-5
157 – Bronson Gerl (CB) dec. Dale Handley, 5-2
165 – Nick LeClere (C) won by fall over Kenneth Tribble, 5:30
174 – Scott King (C) dec. CJ Knowland, 6-4
184 – Seth Rehn (C) won by fall over Kyle Matthews, 3:45
197 – Caleb Gerl (CB) won by fall over Matt Ferlitsch, 1:40
HWT – Alex Burkle (C) won by fall over Alex Evers, 2:45

Wartburg II 35, St. John’s II 6

125 – Alex Helmich (W) dec. Alex Peck, 6-2
133 – Dalton Sowers (SJ) dec. Mike Merritt, 2-0
141 – Nathan Vaske (W) dec. Aaron Padrnos, 7-1
149 – Charles Tims (W) tech. fall Joe Hessing, 7:00
157 – Brandon Seppelt (SJ) dec. Chris Tims, 13-7
165 – Jase Schossow (W) maj. Dec. Dave Rademaier, 15-5
174 – Noah Minikus (W) won by fall over Aaron Brasket, 5:58
184 – Sam Upah (W) wins by forfeit
197 – Jacob Morris (W) dec. Riad Abu-Smail, 8-3
HWT – Dylan Wrage (W) tech. fall Paul Plombon, 4:00

Chicago 39, Pacific 9

125 – Jake Schamm (UC) wins by forfeit
133 – Paul Mahoney (UC) wins by forfeit
141 – Matt Hart (UC) wins by forfeit
149 – Chris Oster (UC) won by fall over Devan Silva, 5:17
157 – James Layton (UC) won by fall over Cody Kramer, 2:24
165 – Josh Lowy (UC) dec. Bruce Balcita, 11-4
174 – Caleb Malychewski (P) dec. Takumi Mihama, 7-3
184 – Sam Pennisi (UC) dec. Jordan Branson, 4-0
197 – Ron Neu (P) won by forfeit
HWT – Steve Sunderman (UC) dec. Jared Bridgewater, 3-1

Olivet 18, St. John’s (Minn.) 13

125 – Justin Fleeson (O) dec. Scott Padrnos 6-3
133 – Chad Henle (SJ) dec. Adam Wilson, 3-1
141 – Chris Sandy (SJ) dec. Vince Lahar, 4-3
149 – Steve Mena (O) dec. Ryan Arne, 6-4
157 – James Myers (O) dec. John Vaith, 10-6
165 – Matt Baarson (SJ) maj. Dec. Justin Jaynes, 9-0
174 – Trevor Tyler (O) dec. Matt Pfaar, 11-9
184 – Jim Neal (O) dec. Mitch Hagen, 7-6
197 – Dustin Baxter (SJ) dec. Justin Leonard, 6-4
HWT – Logan Renas (O) dec. Tony Willaert, 8-4

SESSION IV

Wartburg I 40, California Baptist 7

125 – Jimmy Martinez (BW) maj. Dec. Mark Kist, 12-3
133 – Alex Helmich (W) maj. Dec. Landon Saldana, 8-0
141 – Matt Kelly (W) won by fall over Paul Miller, 2:45
149 – Chris Santana (CB) dec. Jacob Groth, 7-4
157 – Carrington Banks (W) dec. Bronson Gerl, 10-5
165 – Adam Weber (W) won by fall over Kenneth Tribble, 2:07
174 – Ben Scott (W) dec. CJ Knowland, 7-4
184 – Todd Becker (W) won by fall over Kyle Matthews, 1:18
197 – Byron Tate (W) won by fall over Caleb Gerl, 3:38
HWT – John Helgerson (W) won by fall over Alex Evers, 2:06

Coe 36, Baldwin-Wallace 12

125 –Clayton Rush (C) tech. fall Jeremy Dombrady, 5:09
133 – Drew Hinschberger (C) dec. Phil Payne, 5-0
141 – Chris LeClere (C) tech. fall Grant Stewart, 5:35
149 – James Locke (C) tech. fall Tim Hamm, 2:50
157 – Dale Handley (C) won by fall over Danny Huffman, 2:28
165 – Nick LeClere (C) dec. Korey Leonhard, 7-2
174 – Andrew Scavuzzo (BW) won by fall over Scott King, 6:09
184 – Seth Rehn (C) maj. Dec. Sam Georgian, 10-0
197 – Tristan Stoll (BW) won by forfeit
HWT – Alex Burkle (C) won by fall over Ryan Jones, :48

Morningside 43, Pacific 6

125 – Kody Kister (M) won by forfeit
133 – Jake McManigal (M) won by forfeit
141 – Drew Smith (M) won by forfeit
149 – Justin Truckenmiller (M) dec. Devan Silva, 8-3
157 – Ben Knight (M) dec. Kody Kramer, 8-3
165 – Jared Wildeboer (M) won by fall over Nathan Shay, 4:19
174 – Matt Muller (M) dec. Caleb Malychewski, 6-1
184 – Brian Block (M) maj. Dec. Jordan Branson, 9-0
197 – Tyler Kackmarynski (M) won by fall over Ron Neu, 4:22
HWT – Jared Bridgewater (P) won by fall over Tyler Thompson, 3:07

Grand View 25, Olivet (Mich.) 23

125 – Michael Schultz (GV) dec. Justin Fleeson, 7-3
133 – Travis Evans (GV) tech. fall Corey Mykalatis, 7:00
141 – Nick Coffman (GV) tech. fall Kenny Richmond, 6:28
149 – Matt Burns (GV) won by fall over Gage Pederson, 3:33
157 – James Myers (O) won by fall over Ryan Hand, 1:32
165 – Justin Jaynes (O) won by fall over Ty Knowler, 6:20
174 –Trevor Tyler (O) tech. fall Adam Houser, 7:00
184 – Will Worthy (GV) dec. Josh Crawford, 13-7
197 – Derek Nightser (GV) dec. Aaron Sullenger, 6-1
HWT – Logan Renas (O) won by fall over Tyler Wilson, 5:23

All-Stars 28, St. John’s II 3

125 – Jimmy Gotto (C) dec. Alex Peck, 11-5
133 – Dalton Sowers (SJ) dec. Andrew Taylor, 9-4
141 – Jordan Westfall (C) won by fall over Aaron Padrnos, :41
149 – Johnny Siegel (C) maj. Dec. Cody Goldschmidt, 12-2
157 – Dmitri Boyer (C) dec. Chris Stevermer, 6-3
165 – Dalton Fletcher (M) dec. Dave Radamaier, 3-0
174 – Ethan Ball (C) dec. Nick Schluer, 8-5
184 – Double forfeit
197 – Anthony Mera (C) dec. Riad Abu-Smail 5-2
HWT – Jake Ceslick (O) dec. John Stepaniak, 4-2

SESSION V

Wartburg II 37, All-Stars I 0

125 – No match
133 – Mike Merritt (W) dec. Austin Cave, 6-0
141 – Tucker Weber (W) dec. Taylor Phipps, 7-0
149 – Cole Welter (W) won by fall over Matt Maresh, 2:40
157 – Matt Vercillo (W) wins by forfeit
165 – Jase Schossow (W) dec. Dalton Fletcher, 4-1
174 – Noah Minikus (W) maj. Dec. Chris Harlin, 12-3
184 – Punahele Soriano (W) wins by fall over Bryce Wilson, 2:44
197 – Sam Upah (W) dec. Jake Parker, 6-1
HWT – Ryan Fank (W) wins by fall over Evan Sells, 6:10

St. John’s 18, Coe 17

125 – Clayton Rush (C) tech. fall Scott Padrnos, 3:31
133 – Chad Henle (SJ) dec. Drew Hinschberger, 4-2
141 – Chris Sandy (SJ) dec. Chris LeClere, 8-5
149 – Minga Batsukh (SJ) maj. Dec. James Locke, 20-9
157 – Dale Handley (C) dec. John Vaith, 5-1
165 – Nick LeClere (C) dec. Matt Baarston, 9-3
174 – Matt Pfarr (SJ) maj. Dec. Scott King, 15-3
184 – Dustin Baxter (SJ) maj. Dec. Seth Rehn, 12-4
197 – Ethan Ball (C) dec. Mitch Hagen, 5-2
HWT – Alex Burkle (C) dec. Tony Willaert, 19-14

Morningside 27, California Baptist 17

125 – Jimmy Martinez (CB) pins Kody Kistner, 1:26
133 – Josh McManigal (M) maj. Dec. Landon Saldana 13-4
141 – Drew Smith (M) maj. Dec. Paul Miller 12-0
149 – Chris Santana (CB) maj. Dec. Josh Truckenmiller, 12-4
157 – Ben Knight (M) won by fall over Bronson Gerl, 1:00
165 – Jon Sievert (M) won by fall over Kenneth Tribbvle, 4:46
174 – Chris Moorhead (M) dec. CJ Knowland 5-0
184 – Brian Block (M) maj. Dec. Bryce Wilson 10-0
197 – Caleb Gerl (CB) maj. Dec. Tyler Kackmarynski, 13-1
HWT – Adam Evers (CB) dec. Tyler Thompson 13-6

Olivet 27, Baldwin-Wallace 18

125 – Jeremy Damrody (BW) won by fall over Justin Fleeson
133 – Philip Payne (BW) won by fall over Corey Mykolatis, 6:00 – Olivet deducted team point for foul language
141 – Vince Lahar (O)won by fall over Grant Seward
149 – Steve Mena (O) won by fall over Tim Hamm, :59
157 – James Myers (O) won by fall over Danny Huffman, :26
165 – Korey Leonhard (BW) dec. Justin Jaynes, 4-0
174 – Andrew Scavuzzo (BW) dec. Trevor Tyler, 11-5
184 – Jim Neal (O) dec. Joe Georgian, 5-4
197 – Justin Leonard (O) dec. Tristan Stoll, 9-3
HWT – Logan Renas (O) maj. Dec. Ryan Jones, 11-3

Chicago – All-Stars II

No team score kept – all matches exhibitions

125 – Jimmy Gotto (C) dec. Jake Schamm 4-0
133 – Andrew Taylor (UC) won by fall over Paul Mahoney, 2:25
141 – Jordan Westfall (C) dec. Joe Amin, 4-0
149 – Johnny Siegel (C) dec. Donovan Samo, 3-0
157 – Dmitri Boyer (C) maj. Dec. Kyle Kocker, 12-1

Ridgewater Duals

Ridgewater 37, Itasca 9
125: Lonny Booshu, R, pin Ryan Pryzbylski 4:01
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Frank Smith 2:38
141: Javier Portillo, R, pin Matt Dunlap 4:53
149: Josh Anderson, R, won by forfeit
157: Ryan Krause, R, maj Alex Flanagan 14-0
165: Conner Monk, I, pin Trevor Krueger 5:24
174: Travis Peralta, R, dec Blake Menard 8-2
184: Nick Dahl, R, dec Ian Pratt 5-2
197: Cully Butterfield, I, dec Aaron Samuelson 11-4
Hwt: Derek Carlson, R, dec Luke Carlson 2-1

Ridgewater 27, Minot State 19
125: Kellen Zietz, M, pin Lonny Booshu 2:06
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Samuel Loggins 3:18
141: Javier Portillo, R, pin Deon Buhl 6:49
149: Jon Wilson, M, maj Josh Anderson 16-3
157: Jacob Hoffart, M, dec Ryan Krause 6-4
165: Trevor Krueger, R, dec Hunter Field 5-1
174: Travis Peralta, R, dec Cris Molina 8-3
184: Luke Michaelson, M, pin Nick Dahl 4:38
197: Aaron Samuelson, R, dec Ryan Kamrowski 5-2
Hwt: Derek Carlson, R, won by forfeit

Ridgewater 37, St. John’s JV 7
125: Lonny Booshu, R, maj Manny Livingstone 17-4
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Gabe Dragt 4:44
141: Javier Portillo, R, maj Aaron Padrnos 16-8
149: Ryan Arne, S, maj Josh Anderson 11-2
157: Brandon Sepplet, S, dec Ryan Krause 13-8
165: Trevor Krueger, R, pin Charlie Kirscht 6:11
174: Travis Peralta, R, tcfl David Radermacher 21-6
184: Nick Dahl, R, dec Aaron Brasket 7-3
197: Aaron Samuelson, R, dec Riad Abu-Smail 5-2
Hwt: Dylan Shequen, R, pin Paul Plomblom 4:31

St. John’s 29 UW-Whitewater 9

December 10, 2010 at Wisconsin Dells, Wis

No. 5 Saint John’s University (SJU) 29, Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) 9
125 – Freshman Donovan Sullivan (SJU) dec. Matt Oliva (UWW), 9-2
133 – Junior Chad Henle (No. 6, SJU) dec. Dylan Schroeder (UWW), 6-3
141 – Senior Chris Sandy (No. 8, SJU) pinned Brian Lewis (UWW), 2:33
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) tech. fall Kegan Arthur (UWW), 27-11
157 – Corey Schmidt (UWW) dec. Drew Larson (SJU), 7-5
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) pinned Adam Zeh (UWW), 1:20
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (No. 9 at 184) dec. Cheston Kesselhon (UWW), 9-7 (OT)
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (SJU) dec. Reid Dickerson (UWW), 3-2
197 – Adam Latella (No. 6, UWW) dec. senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU), 7-6
Hwt – James Zarate (UWW) dec. junior John Linn (SJU), 5-1

St. John’s 21 UW-La Crosse 17

SJU Upsets No. 2 La Crosse, Defeats Whitewater for Sweep at the Dells

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – No. 5 Saint John’s upset No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse 21-17 and swept the Duals at the Dells with a 30-9 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater in the nightcap on Friday, Dec. 10, in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

The SJU-Whitewater results will be posted once they become available.

La Crosse (5-2 record) jumped out to 14-0 lead through the first three matches, but SJU (5-0 record) claimed wins in six of the next seven weights to earn the dual victory. Senior Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), the two-time defending national champion at 141 and the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 149, put the Johnnies on the scoreboard with a 10-5 win over No. 4 Matt Mauseth, the 2009 national champion. Senior Drew Larson (Willmar, Minn.) kept the tide rolling with a 6-0 win at 157 before senior Matt Baarson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) posted the Johnnies’ lone upset of the night. Baarson, ranked fifth nationally, posted an escape and takedown in the second period en route to a 4-0 win over No. 4 Cory Ferguson.

Junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) wrestled his first match after cutting down to 174 pounds and nearly upset the top-ranked wrestler in the nation, falling 3-2 to No. 1 Mike Schmitz via a third-period escape. Pfarr entered the match ranked ninth at 184 pounds.

A pin by junior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) at 184 pounds cut SJU’s deficit to 17-15 before sophomore Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) gave the Johnnies their first lead of the match. Hagen bumped up to 197 pounds and earned a 14-10 decision over the Eagles’ John Poppie.

The dual’s decision came down to the final match between senior Tony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) and UWL’s Billy Mayer. Last season, Willaert bumped up to heavyweight and upset La Crosse’s Dan Laurent, a two-time national champion and the nation’s top-ranked heavyweight, by major decision, 15-4. Willaert’s showcase was much closer this year, as the senior posted a 6-5 decision to seal the win for SJU. Mayer was penalized for stalling twice and Willaert snatched a takedown late to clinch the victory.

SJU nearly defeated then-No. 1 La Crosse with a narrow 22-19 decision last year.

The Johnnies return to action at the Vegas Duals next Monday, Dec. 20. SJU is scheduled to face the University of Chicago, No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa), No. 27 Olivet (Mich.) and No. 3 Coe (Iowa).

No. 5 Saint John’s University (SJU) 21, No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) 17
125 – Albie McKinney (No. 4, UWL) pinned freshman Donovan Sullivan (SJU), 0:56
133 – Adam Sheley (No. 7, UWL) major dec. junior Chad Henle (No. 6, SJU), 11-2
141 – Bebeto Yewah (No. 1, UWL) major dec. senior Chris Sandy (No. 8, SJU), 13-3
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) dec. Matt Mauseth (No. 4, UWL), 10-5
157 – Senior Drew Larson (SJU) dec. Ryan Farwell (UWL), 6-0
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) dec. Cory Ferguson (No. 4, UWL), 4-0
174 – Mike Schmitz (No. 1, UWL) dec. junior Matt Pfarr (No. 9 at 184, SJU), 3-2
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (SJU) pinned Mitch Artist (UWL), 4:18
197 – Sophomore Mitch Hagen (SJU) dec. John Poppie (UWL), 14-10
Hwt – Senior Tony Willaert (No. 10 at 197, SJU) dec. Billy Mayer (UWL), 6-5

Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open

MINNEAPOLIS — The defending NCAA Division III national champion Augsburg College wrestling team opened its season with a strong performance at its Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open on Saturday at Si Melby Hall, with four individual champions and 23 individual placewinners in the event. The Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open featured more than 500 wrestlers from throughout the Midwest in competition.“Saturday’s tournament was a great test for every member of our wrestling team,” said Augsburg head coach Mark Matzek. “The coaching staff is very happy with the effort put forth. This competition revealed individual strengths as well as weaknesses, which is why we compete.”Defending 149-pound national runner-up Tony Valek (JR, Belle Plaine, Minn./Scott West) opened his season with an impressive championship in the 149 Gold division, winning four matches, including one pin, a major decision and a third-period technical fall in the championship match. Valek was rated second nationally at 149 in the preseason Division III national rankings.

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