Steady Sluik earns awardTiffany Sluik’s big weekend has been recognized by the Association of Independent Institutions. Sluik, a senior from Mason City, Iowa, went 3-0 at 130 pounds to help the Jamestown College women’s wrestling team rout the field at the Waldorf College Duals.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Tiffany Sluik’s big weekend has been recognized by the Association of Independent Institutions.
Sluik, a senior from Mason City, Iowa, went 3-0 at 130 pounds to help the Jamestown College women’s wrestling team rout the field at the Waldorf College Duals.
Sluik, named the A.I.I.’s Female Athlete of the Week, was all over her three opponents, posting two pins and a technical fall as the Jimmies had little trouble sweeping Midland (Neb.) University, Waldorf of Iowa and Missouri Baptist. The Jimmies, who improved to 9-4 on the season in duals, outscored their three opponents 131-11.
Sluik is already a two-time All-American. The Jimmies are off through the holidays. They return to action Jan. 4-5 with a triangular in Fremont, Neb., and then a tournament back in Waldorf.
Thanks to the efforts of JC sports information director Andrew Gideon, 11 Jimmie athletes have earned the weekly A.I.I. award already this year.
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Tonight’s game for the Jimmie men against Minot State does not count in their win-loss record, but that does not mean it’s not without meaning — far from it.
Most of the players on the JC roster were recruited by Matt Murken, who is, of course, now the coach at Minot State.
Davon Thomas was brought to Jamestown by Murken and has had this one circled for a while. When asked about tonight’s tilt at the MSU Dome, Thomas smiled, paused and then said. “I’ve been waiting for this game for a long time.”
There certainly is no animosity among the involved parties. Murken, like current coach Justin Wieck, is a very personable and easy-to-play-for coach.
“Our guys are excited for the game,” Wieck said. “It’s a unique situation getting to play against the coach that recruited you. It should be a lot of fun.”
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The Jimmie men’s wrestling lineup has been in flux for much of the season.
Coach C.J. Campbell has had to mix and match his lineup at times, but rarely at 141.
Freshman Dillon Kifer has had a promising rookie campaign. With one more pre-Christmas outing, the Little Falls, Minn., native sports a solid 11-6 mark.
The Jimmies have a busy Friday looming. They dual Ridgewater Community College, St. John’s University and Itasca Community College in Hutchinson, Minn., on Friday. They return from the holiday break to host Dickinson State Jan. 10.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org