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Jamestown got its first West Region dual win of the season Thursday, and then nearly got its second.

After beating Williston 46-36 in Williston, the Blue Jays’ dual against the host Midgets went down to the final two matches, but the Midgets prevailed 42-35.

“I was pretty proud of our effort today. We had nothing to be ashamed of,” JHS coach Larry Eslick said. “We’re wrestling a lot better as team. We’re starting to turn a corner. We started out a young, green team and now we’re getting to the point where we’re maturing and doing a lot of really good things and it’s fun to watch.”

Paxton Mewes at 138 pounds and Tristan Shipley (182) each notched two pins on the day.

Caleb Ellingson had a major decision against Williston and a pin against the Midgets.

The swing match against the Coyotes came at 145 where Lucas Shirley registered a pin.

“That was a big win for us. We have two pretty good kids at (145),” Eslick said. “Lucas came through for us against Dickinson and Jakob (Browning) also had a really nice win.”

Browning’s win helped launch a JHS comeback in the second dual.

The Blue Jays were down 18-0 after the first three matches, but climbed back within shouting distance going into the final two matches. Seventh-graders Ethan Bowman and Brandon Dallmann wrestled the final two tilts. Bowman won to get the Jays within a point, but Dallmann ran into a bigger and older opponent at 113.

“That’s a lot of pressure to put on seniors, let alone seventh-graders. It’s not something I like to have happen to put kids that young in that situation, but I was really proud of both Ethan and Brandon and how they competed,”

The Blue Jays’ grueling week continues on Saturday at the Gadberry Duals in Moorhead. They face four Minnesota schools: Brainerd, United Clay-Becker, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Moorhead. The Jays also dualed Devils Lake on Tuesday.

“That’s four tough Minnesota opponents,” Eslick said. “This is a challenging week, no question about it. We’ve had a really good month so far, so hopefully more good things are ahead for us.”

Jamestown 46, Williston 36

113: Patrick Farrell, Will pinned Brandon Dallmann, :36.

120: Roy Ison, Will pinned Kane Barnick, 5:08.

132; Kyle Dupre, JHS won by forfeit.

138: Paxton Mewes, JHS pinned Tyler Norpel, 2:29.

145: Lucas Shirley, JHS pinned Larry Norpel, 3:36.

152: Rowan Horswill, Will pinned Drew Topp, :50.

160: Austin Arneson, Will pinned Nathan Goodrich, 3:10.

170: Caleb Ellingson, JHS major dec. Ahren Gwynn, 9-1.

182: Tristan Shipley, JHS pinned Coy Turnquist, 1:33.

195: Eathan Gumke, JHS won by forfeit.

220: Kyle Anderson, JHS won by forfeit.

285: Skylar Ford, JHS won by forfeit.

106: Austin Luther, Will pinned Ethan Bowman, 5:43.

Dickinson 42, Jamestown 35

120: Caden Haugen, DHS pinned Kane Barnick, 3:16.

126: Jaret Lee, DHS won by forfeit.

132: Devin Berger, DHS pinned Kyle Dupre, :31.

138: Paxton Mewes, JHS pinned Thomas Irwin, 4:38.

145: Jakob Browning, JHS dec. Jose Dimas, 10-8.

152: Clayton Tangen, DHS pinned Drew Topp, 1:30.

160: Dillon Clark, DHS pinned, Nathan Goodrich, :16.

171: Caleb Ellingson, JHS maj. dec. Rafael Lopez, 10-2.

182: Tristan Shipley, JHS pinned Justin Meyer, 4:59.

195: Eathan Gumke, JHS pinned Sterling Quintanilla, 2:41.

220: Chris Sickler, DHS won by forfeit.

285: Kyle Anderson, JHS pinned Dual Keck, 1:16.

106: Ethan Bowman, JHS major dec. Brendan Johnson, 12-2.

113: Todd Irwin, DHS, Brandon Dallmann, 2:46.