Nord, Miller close careers at nationals
Just two Jimmie wrestlers will compete at the national meet this weekend in Topeka, Kan.
Pat Nord and Jaykob Miller own nearly 60 wins between them this season and are hoping to tack on a few more.
“There’s not two guys I’d rather be going with,” Campbell said. “These two guys will go down there and compete and represent our university and our program well.”
Nord, a senior from Enderlin, earned All-American honors two seasons ago, then red-shirted last season. He owns a 27-7 record currently at 165 pounds, but also is dealing with chronic shoulder and back pain.
“Pat’s had a lot of success in this program and even though he has some physical issues he’s fighting through, he’s still capable of standing on top of that podium,” Campbell said. “Even with the things he’s dealing with right now, he’s still difficult to deal with on the mat.”
Like Nord, Miller has a difficult draw in his weight class at 174, but the senior from Etiwanda, Calif., will go out there and grind as his 29-15 record indicates.
Campbell would like to see Miller be more aggressive offensively.
“Jaykob has been a really good defensive wrestler. Ideally, I’d like to see him try to create a little more offense, get a wider gap in matches and he’s capable of doing that,” Campbell said. “He’s very consistent in what he does, how he approaches things. He’s been a very steady guy for us.”
The two have prepared for nationals largely against each other.
“They’ve pushed themselves and are prepared, no question about it,” Campbell said. “They’ve been able to simulate the caliber of competition they’ll see by training against each other.”
Both face daunting paths, but there’s no easy road at this point.
“They don’t have the best draws, but everybody there has to bring it and be on top of their game — that’s what nationals are all about,” Campbell said. “There’s nothing to save. Nothing to hold back now.”
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