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Jimmies open season in dominating fashion

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University of Jamestown's Antonio Ruiz, top, puts a twist on Cody Carlson of Midlan Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at the Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

University of Jamestown's Brandon Aragon racked up three first-period pins Friday night at Harold Newman Arena, spending a grand total of 4 minutes, 20 seconds on the mat.

"I'm going to have to get a workout in," quipped Aragon, a senior from Pueblo, Colorado. "I didn't get tested today."

The Jimmie men's wrestling team opened the 2019-20 season in dominating fashion hosting Midland University, York College (Nebraska) and the University of Saskatchewan. Jamestown topped Midland in a Great Plains Athletic Conference pairing 48-3, before taking down York 43-7 and Saskatchewan 47-3.

Both Jamestown and York received votes in the NAIA preseason top 25 coaches' poll. The Jimmies will be back on the mat this morning at 10 a.m. hosting the Jimmie Open.

"We just knew what we had to do," said UJ men's wrestling coach Dan Lovell. "We told them every match is important. Go out there and no matter who you're wrestling don't get too cocky and don't overthink it.

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"Just go out there and wrestle. That's what we did."

Aragon, wrestling at 149 pounds, stuck Midland's Tristan Snover at 1:15, York's Kaden Boyce at 1:56 and Saskatchewan's Remington Tschetter at 1:11.

Aragon opted to redshirt last season after qualifying for nationals twice for the Jimmies. He's one of seven seniors on a solid roster for coach Lovell.

"I got better on my feet, better on my attack," Aragon said on his year away from action. "I just want to make a statement every time I step out on that mat."

Aragon was one victory away from achieving All-American status at the national tournament in March of 2018. The All-GPAC performer went 3-2 at nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, at 149 before bowing out with a 26-15 overall record.

Aragon is ranked No. 2 at 149 in the GPAC and No. 11 in the NAIA.

"Rankings are nice ... but when you get out there on the mat they're meaningless," Aragon said. "My goal is to be top eight, after losing the match to be All-American. I've been through a lot these past four years, I'm just excited to leave it all out there on the mat."

Jamestown's dominating night included 13 pins in 25 head-to-head matches, including a second trio of wins by fall turned in by UJ senior Kade Thompson at 165. Thompson is ranked fifth in the GPAC in his weight class.

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Jamestown accepted five forfeits while earning a pair of technical falls and three major decisions. Senior Carsen Paynter (157 pounds) went 2-0 with a pin, tech fall and a forfeit, while sophomore Josh Goeden (197) and junior Theo Robison (174) went 2-0 with a pair of pins and a forfeit.

Sophomore Jesse Murillo and senior Chumkaur Dhaliwal (285) also notched pins for the Jimmies. Jamestown was ranked No. 3 in the GPAC preseason poll, behind No. 1 Concordia and No. 2 Briar Cliff.

The Jimmies finished last season with a 3-5 conference dual record, good enough for sixth. This season, the Jimmies think they can be contenders at the top.

"We're going to have the potential to wrestle anywhere from nine to 10 of the top teams in the country with our schedule," Lovell said. "That's why winning these is very important. We'll have wrestled four No. 1-ranked conference teams by the end of this semester.

"But it's going to put them (the Jimmies) in the driver's seat. They're going to have opportunities to wrestle ranked guys, which we've never been able to do."

(RV) Jamestown 48, Midland (Nebraska) 3

125: Sam Sisco, UJ dec. Ceasar Sandoval, 5-4. (3-0)

133: Antonio Ruiz, UJ dec. Cody Carlson, 7-1. (6-0)

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141: Jesse Murillo, UJ won by forfeit. (12-0)

149: Brandon Aragon, UJ pinned Tristan Snover, 1:15. (18-0)

157: Carsen Paynter, UJ pinned Bryson Jensen, 1:55. (24-0)

165: Kade Thompson, UJ pinned Joshua Castillo, 1:13. (30-0)

174: Theo Robison, UJ won by forfeit. (36-0)

184: Devin Brown, MU dec. Ryan Sanchez, 10-8. (36-3)

197: Josh Goeden, UJ pinned Dylan Buschow, 5:38. (42-3)

285: Chumkaur Dhaliwal, UJ won by forfeit. (48-3)

(RV) Jamestown 43, (RV) York College (Nebraska) 7

133: Antonio Ruiz, UJ dec. Isaiah Jasso, 8-12. (3-0)

141: John Fox, YC major dec. Jesse Murillo, 12-2. (3-4)

149: Brandon Aragon, UJ pinned Kaden Boyce, 1:56. (9-4)

157: Carsen Paynter, UJ won by forfeit. (15-4)

165: Kade Thompson, UJ pinned Fernando Servin, 4:03. (21-4)

174: Theo Robison, UJ pinned Jordan Warren, 4:38 (27-4).

184: Ryan Sanchez, UJ major dec. Lennorise Echols, 15-5. (31-4)

197: Josh Goeden, UJ pinned Doug Lazo, 2:12 (37-4).

285: Chumkaur Dhaliwal, UJ pinned Zavion Roberson, :30 (43-4).

125: Harley Williamson, YC dec. Sam Sisco, 12-8.

(RV) Jamestown 47, Saskatchewan 3

141: Jesse Murillo, UJ pinned Drake Buechler, 2:11. (6-0)

149: Brandon Aragon, UJ pinned Remington Tschetter, 1:11. (12-0)

157: Carsen Paynter, UJ tech fall Max Meekins, 18-0 2:20. (17-0)

165: Kade Thompson, UJ pinned Jon Risto, 2:04. (23-0)

174: Theo Robison, UJ pinned Micah Heide, 4:29. (29-0)

184: Carson Lee, Sask. dec. Ryan Sanchez 2-1. (29-3)

197: Josh Goeden, UJ won by forfeit. (35-3)

285: Chumkaur Dhaliwal, UJ dec. Jacob Phillips, 6-3. (38-3)

125: Sam Sisco, UJ tech fall Ryley Icton, 16-0 2:23. (43-3)

133: Antonio Ruiz, UJ major dec. Logan Sloan, 14-0, (47-3)

Nov. 2: UJ hosting Jimmie Open, Harold Newman Arena.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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