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Three Jimmie wrestlers are ranked heading into today’s NAIA North Region qualifier at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Pat Nord, a senior from Enderlin, is the highest ranked University of Jamestown wrestler. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the national meet. Nord, sporting a record of 23-6, is ranked third in the region and eighth nationally at 165 pounds.

Nord, who earned All-American honors last season, is one of 12 Jimmies scheduled to compete today in Mitchell, S.D.

Dillon Kifer and Jaykob Miller are the other two wrestlers ranked.

Kifer owns an 18-8 record at 149 and is ranked fifth in the region.

Miller has won 25 of his 39 matches at 174 and is ranked sixth. Both Kifer and Miller advanced to nationals last season.

Andre Aguinaga and Julian Gallegos have each hit the 20-win mark in their freshmen seasons. Aguinaga is 21-17 at 125, while Gallegos is 20-16 at 165.

Heavyweight Antonio Lopez qualified for nationals last season. He’s 16-10 as a sophomore.

Rounding out the list competing today are Eddy Wilson (141, 18-18), Dillon Beeler (149, 7-7), Tyler Schnaubert (13-21. 157), Zach Pickering (157, 11-13), Demetreus Roby (197, 8-9), Alejandro Ruelas (285, 11-9).

The Jimmie basketball teams wrap up the regular season today in Madison, S.D.

The Jimmie men try to go a perfect 8-0 in the North Star Athletic Association and run their winning streak to 11 games. They’ve already sewn up the No. 1 seed and are 15-11 overall.

Their first NSAA tournament game will be next Saturday (March 1) against the winner of The Presentation College/Mayville State game, which will be played Wednesday in Aberdeen.

Dakota State and Valley City State will be the 2- and 3-seeds depending on the outcome of tonight’s games.

The Jimmie women, ranked No. 3 in the country at 23-2, are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the NSAA tournament. They’ll play Dakota State or Valley City State on Sunday, March 2 at the Civic Center.

Mayville State is the No. 1 seed. A third meeting between the Comets (22-3) seems all but certain. It would come Tuesday, March 4 in Mayville. Both teams are virtual locks for nationals based on their high rankings in the top 25 poll.

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Football coach Shawn Frank has inked three more recruits.

Taylor Krenz, a quarterback from Flasher, N.D., along with wide receiver Zachary Bright and Minnesota lineman Michael Giangrande have signed with the Jimmies.

Krenz threw for 2,132 yards and 33 touchdowns last season for Grant County High School. He played for his dad with the Storm.

“Taylor impressed us with his leadership abilities, football smarts and ability to make plays,” Frank said. “His production speaks for itself. We are excited about having an engaging young man who brings the type of qualities Taylor does to our program.”

The son of Jamie and Vicki Krenz, he plans to study physical education.

Giangrande, from Pipestone, Minn., will play offensive line after impressing the staff on an on-campus visit.

“Mike is a high-energy guy who simply loves to play the game,” Frank said. “He will bring great enthusiasm and will fight every play. … We look forward to having Mike on our campus.”

The son of Michael and Roxanne Giangrande, he plans to study pre-physical therapy.

Bright earned all-city and all-section honors at Dobson High School in Chandler, Ariz., as a tall and rangy wide receiver.

“Zachary has an ability to go and get the ball, and more importantly, his yards after the catch are integral to the success he’s had,” Frank said. “He is a physical player who does a nice job of blocking on the perimeter. … He is a very-goal orientated young man. We are excited that he has chosen the University of Jamestown as his home.”

He is the son of Joseph and Suzanne Bright and plans to study biology or criminal justice.

The Jimmies, who shared the North Star Athletic Association title last season, have now signed 17 players to the 2014 recruiting class.