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Nord leads Jimmies

Pat Nord and Zach Pickering combined for four wins at the Husky Holiday Open on Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn.

Nord, a senior from Enderlin, got off to a dominating start at 174 pounds with pair of pins. But he fell to Josh Berg of St. Cloud State in the semifinals (16-3) and then dropped a narrow 12-10 decision to Jack Barnes, another SCSU wrestler.

Pickering went win, loss, win, loss at 165, with a pair of close wins over Grant Mueller of Ridgewater Community College (Minn.) and Ochirbat Bayan Jargal of St. John’s (Minn.).

The Jimmies had the fewest pins in the 12-team field with three.

The other fall recorded by a University of Jamestown wrester came from Andre Aguinaga at 125 where he stuck Mike Mischke late in the second period.

Eddy Wilson (141) and Tyler Schnaubert (157) were the only other Jimmies to earn wins on the day, going 1-2.

On Friday, the Jimmies went 1-2 in three duals, however only Schnaubert (1-2) and heavyweight Matthew McCullough (1-2) wrestled three matches. Forfeits factored significantly into all three duals.

The Jimmies beat Northland Community & Technical College (30-28), and fell to Ridgewater Community College (25-15) and Itasca Community College (33-12).

Pickering went 1-1 in contested matches. Dillon Kifer split two matches at 149 with a pin.

The Jimmies are off through the holidays. They return to action Jan. 8 when they host NCAA Division II Northern State.