Jimmies’ Ruelas wins finale, but Northern State takes dual
In a frustrating season so far, Alejandro Ruelas ended Wednesday night’s dual on a high note for the University of Jamestown men’s wrestling team.
It was the lone victory for the short-handed Jimmies in a 32-15 loss to Northern State, another tough opponent to come to the Hansen Center.
As they have been most of the season, the Jimmies were not able to field their “A” lineup for a variety of reasons, although coach C.J. Campbell was pleased with his freshman heavyweight’s 5-0 win.
“It’s nice to end like that,” he said. “It takes some of the sting off.”
Campbell’s team has seemed snake-bitten from the start. Injuries and academic issues have prevented Campbell from fielding his top lineup for much of the season.
“There’s always going to be adversity. It’s our job to handle it the best way we can and I feel like we’re doing that,” he said. “I still feel like we have a lot of potential and we’re going to keep grinding away at it.”
The Jimmies filled nine of the 10 weight classes, but were without All-American senior Pat Nord (injury), Pat’s star brother Michael and promising 141-pounder Eddy Wilson because of academic issues. They were also missing No. 1 heavyweight Antonio Lopez, who had travel problems getting back to Jamestown from California. Classes don’t resume until next week.
“It’s always something, right?” said the good-natured Campbell.
The schedule also has been daunting for the Jimmies, loaded with challenging tournaments and duals against NCAA Division II teams.
“The options are limited around here,” Campbell said. “We’re not going to back away from anybody. We want to challenge our guys and they want to be challenged. Give (NSU) credit. They’re a talented team.”
The Wolves certainly were solid.
Led off by a pair of wins from the Voegeli brothers from Oakes, N.D., NSU won six of the seven contest matches.
Freshman C.J. Voegeli held off Coby Horner 6-5 in a competitive match at 133 pounds. Senior Beau also had a narrow win, 4-1, over Dillon Kifer at 149.
“Oakes has strong tradition, and anytime you can get a couple of kids from there like Beau and C.J. you have to be happy,” said veteran NSU coach Patrick Timm. “Beau has been a big part of our program. He’s a four-year starter. … C.J. has a lot of potential. Hopefully tonight is kind of a turning point for him.”
Johnny Gonzalez gave Anthony Navarro a good match, but the NSU 184-pounder prevailed 6-0.
“We’ve been a little up and down so far,” Timm said. “Hopefully we can use tonight as a stepping stone and take off from here.”
The Jimmies are back at it on Saturday, competing at the Hastings (Neb.) Open.
Northern State 32, University of Jamestown 15
125: Andre Aguinaga, UJ wins by forfeit.
133: C.J. Voegeli, NSU dec. Coby Horner, 6-5.
141: Ian Muirhead, NSU won by forfeit.
149: Beau Voegeli, NSU dec. Dillon Kifer, 4-1.
157: Sean Havlovic, NSU pinned Tyler Schnaubert, 2:23.
165: Blake Lundgren, NSU pinned Julian Gallegos, 4:43.
174: Jaykob Miller, UJ won by forfeit.
184: Anthony Navarro, NSU dec. Johnny Gonzalez, 6-0.
197: Joe Gomez, NSU tech. fall Brian Kaehler, 18-1 (5:56).
285: Alejandro Ruelas, UJ dec. Tony Reurink, 5-0.
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