The Johnnie wrestling team returns to action this Saturday, Dec. 12, at the St. Cloud State Open. The tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Halenbeck Hall. SJU then travels to face St. Olaf for a 7 p.m. dual on Monday, Dec. 14, in Northfield.

Husky Open Brackets/Results on TrackWrestling.com

A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (0-6 dual record) ran into a buzzsaw with three dual losses to nationally-ranked teams at Wisconsin-La Crosse last Saturday (Dec. 5). SJU started the day with a 36-3 loss to top-ranked Wartburg (Iowa), last year’s national runner-up, and followed that with a 27-12 loss to then-No. 19 Cornell (Iowa), who is now ranked eighth nationally. The Johnnies ended the day with a 45-0 loss to the host Eagles, who are ranked fourth nationally. Senior Ben Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) earned SJU’s lone win, a 7-5 decision over No. 10 Kaz Onoo at 141 pounds, in the loss to Wartburg. He dropped his other two matches on the day and is now 10-5 on the year. Henle fell from fifth to sixth nationally by D3wrestle.com (Dec. 9) at 141 pounds.

An 18-0 deficit to start the dual against Cornell proved to be too much in the eventual 27-12 loss. Junior Teddy Erickson (Annandale, Minn.) broke the skid with a pin at 165 pounds and classmate Glenn Castro (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) added a 5-4 decision at 184. Erickson lost his other two matches by close scores, 3-0 and 8-6. Junior Colin Fisher (Eagan, Minn.) ended the dual with his first win, a 3-1 decision, at heavyweight. He joined the team this week following the Johnnies’ football season.

WHO WILL BE WHERE:

St. Cloud State Open (Dec. 12)
-Ben Kollaja, John Wells (125); Mike Pleski (141); Hunter Hicks (157); Jack Barsody, Mike Wagner (165); Teddy Erickson, Muqkadeen Poole (174); Glenn Castro, Robert Tait (184); Nick Pegelow (197); Colin Fisher (285)

St. Olaf Dual (Dec. 14)
-John Wells (125); Ben Kollaja (133); Ben Henle (141); Mike Pleski (149); Branden Schorr (157); Mike Wagner (165); Teddy Erickson or Muqkadeen Poole (174); Glenn Castro (184); Nick Pegelow (197); Colin Fisher (285)

A LOOK AT THE OLES: St. Olaf fell to 0-4 in duals with a 47-6 home loss to No. 12 Central (Iowa) Thursday (Dec. 10) night. The Oles forfeited three weights and earned its lone win at 174 pounds with a pin from Garrett Beaman. The Dutch also registered three pins and two major decisions. STO’s heavyweight, senior Zack Gibson, is ranked as high as sixth nationally by D3wrestle.com. He lost his match Thursday night by a 2-0 score in overtime. The Oles travel to face No. 19 Concordia-Moorhead for dual tonight before returning home to host SJU Monday.

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