Nords lead JC at invitePatrick and Michael Nord found themselves in a difficult position on Saturday.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
Patrick and Michael Nord found themselves in a difficult position on Saturday.
Success was good to the brothers from Enderlin, both whom wrestle for Jamestown College.
Competing at 165 pounds, Patrick and Michael advanced to the championship match at a tournament in Hastings, Neb., where Michael edged his sibling by 3-2 decision.
Physically, and probably emotionally as well, the match was the toughest for both competitors.
Michael won by 15-7 major decision over Bethany (Kan.) wrestler Jordon Ward. He followed with a pin over Justin Larson of York (Neb.) College and then topped Mitchell Rechtzigel of Augustana (S.D.) by 10-3 decision to punch his ticket to the finals.
Patrick pinned Trever Dice of Bethany and beat South Dakota State's Ben Schwery by 9-4 decision, also receiving a bye to earn a spot in the finals.
No team scores were kept at the tournament.
The Jimmies finished with nine placewinners, led by the Nords and heavyweight Antonio Lopez, who pinned Jacob Nelson of Buena Vista and Frank Ayala of Concordia to get a spot in the finals where he downed Nebraska-Kearney's Shawn Meyer by 4-2 decision.
JC's Sam Tilley lost a close 4-0 semifinal to Bethany's Matt Atwood to miss out on the finals at 184, but he still came back to earn third place by pinning South Dakota State's Hunter Weddington in 2:23. Austin Werre also placed at 184, taking sixth place, losing a consolation semifinal 6-3 to Tilley, his teammate.
Sam Brown was a couple points away from third, taking fourth at 149 after falling 2-1 to USAFA Prep's Gary McGinty in the third-place match.
Brian Kaehler (197) and Edward Wilson (125) polished off their weekends with wins, winning the fifth-place matches in their respective weight classes. Coby Horner (133) finished sixth, while standout Dillon Kifer (141) won his first match, but was forced to injury default the next two matches.
The Jimmies go to Dickinson for an invitational on Saturday, before concluding their home schedule with a dual against Concordia-Moorhead on Jan. 23 followed by the Jimmie Open on Jan. 26.