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The University of Jamestown men's wrestling team went 1-2 at the University of Mary on Saturday. Heavyweight Zach Wardle scored a pin over Waylon Decoteau to highlight the Jimmies' 39-13 win over the University of Regina. Stuart Brandt (133 pounds), Tanner Smith (174) and Matthew Hernandez (184) all earned wins by technical fall. The Jimmies lost duals to the University of Great Falls (Mont.) and Ridgewater (Minn.) Great Falls is ranked No. 16 in the NAIA. "This was a good event that allowed me to see what I really have," said first-year head coach Dan Lovell.
First-year head coach Dan Lovell will run out an inexperienced lineup when the University of Jamestown men's wrestling team opens the season today in Bismarck. The Jimmies have a young roster, made more youthful due to some roster situations. Michael Nord, the defending national tournament runner-up at 165 pounds, likely will not be eligible until the second semester.
On the surface, Sunday's season finale for the Jimmie football team doesn't carry a ton of significance. The NSAA Bowl at the Fargodome does not count toward the conference standings or have any postseason implications. A win would give the University of Jamestown a 3-1 finish to the season with the only loss coming in the closing seconds at Valley City State on Oct. 24. The Jimmies already have a win over Sunday's opponent — Mayville State — 17-7 on Oct.
The Jimmies struggled down the stretch on Friday and it led to a surprising, and disappointing, result. Doane College ended the game on a 17-5 run to hand the No. 6-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team a 69-64 loss Friday afternoon in Seward, Neb. The Jimmies dropped to 3-1 ahead of today's showdown against fourth-ranked Concordia University on its home floor. "We didn't take care of the little things, really all game, but especially down the stretch," UJ women's coach Greg Ulland said.
Ben Mathews never doubted. Neither did star senior Jack Humphries. Down 1-0 at halftime, the University of Jamestown equalized in the second half and got the game-winner just 90 seconds into overtime to keep their season alive with a 2-1 win over Waldorf College on Friday. The Jimmies face Bellevue, Neb., in the North Star Athletic Association championship match here on Sunday at 2 p.m. The winner advances to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. "There was no doubt in our minds even when we were down 1-nil after they got the lucky goal," said Mathews, who headed in winner in OT.
Heading into the postseason on a high can carry a team a long way. The University of Jamestown men's soccer team hopes to prove that theory true. The Jimmies enter today's North Star Athletic Association tournament semifinal on a three-match winning streak, including a 1-0 road win over eighth-ranked Rocky Mountain College last Saturday in Billings, Mont.
With snow falling and slush building Thursday morning, the University of Jamestown received a bunch of goals from girls who hail from where the sun always shines. The Jimmies dominated Waldorf College of Iowa from start to finish in a 6-0 win in quarterfinal play of the North Star Athletic Association tournament. The game was moved to the turf field behind the Larson Center because of the wet snow that was falling, but the Jimmies looked right at home in it. "We have a lot of girls from California, Arizona, Hawaii ...
On paper, and the pitch, the difference between the five teams in the North Star Athletic Association women's soccer team is not that great. The University of Jamestown, seeded fourth, had one-goal losses to top-seeded Viterbo and No. 2 seed Bellevue (Neb.) earlier this season. The Jimmies would love another crack at Viterbo, but must first beat Waldorf (Iowa) today at 11 a.m., on the practice turf. "We had a lot of hiccups through the course of the season, but we definitely feel like we can beat those top teams," said UJ coach Nick Becker. "But we can't look ahead.
The University of Jamestown women's wrestling team didn't waste its lone home outing of the season. Hosting the five-team Can-Am Open on Saturday at the Larson Center, six Jimmies earned individual titles and three more earned runner-up honors in a strong showing. "They all wrestled well. We saw a lot of positive things," UJ coach Tony DeAnda said. "The biggest thing is we were able to get a lot of the athletes a lot of matches. That's really the main objective and we got that accomplished for the most part." Freshman DJ White continued to show a dominant streak for the Jimmies.
Dakota Wesleyan's road trip to North Dakota ended with a 3-point shooting display. One night after edging Mayville State (71-67), the defending national tournament runners-up sank 17 3-pointers en route to a comfortable 88-73 win over the University of Jamestown at the Civic Center. The 24th-ranked Tigers made nearly 50 percent from deep and were just as good defensively to hand the Jimmies their first loss. "I was wondering why I scheduled this trip with Mayville and Jamestown because everybody knows how hard it is to win up here," DWU coach Matt Wilber said.