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Red Raiders defeat shorthanded Jimmies

University of Jamestown's Josh Garcia puts the finishing touches to pinning his opponent, Noah Kryfka of Northwestern College, Thursday at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Just before the University of Jamestown men's wrestling team was set to take on Northwestern (Iowa) Thursday evening, coach Dan Lovell and the Jimmies got some bad news.

Chumkaur Dhaliwal, a 285-pound junior, wasn't going to be able to compete because of an illness. Jamestown's lineup changes would quickly ensue.

The Jimmies moved five grapplers around, but it wouldn't make a difference as Jamestown fell 36-12 to the Red Raiders at Harold Newman Arena.

"We tried to adjust the lineup," Lovell explained. "I talked to the guys and they agreed to move up one weight class. But we knew at a certain point that if we weren't leading this match, then it wasn't going to happen."

UJ didn't win a single contested match against the Red Raiders in a 43-6 loss last February.

Jamestown senior Josh Garcia won Thursday's first contested match at 133 pounds with a first-period pin of Noah Kryfka. Garcia, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., tied the dual at 6-6.

"He (Garcia) was bumping up from 125, but so was that other kid," Lovell said. "Josh is just a fill-in guy for us that will wrestler wherever we need him. He's a senior that wants to go out with a bang."

Jamestown won at 141 pounds, with freshman Jesus Murillo using four takedowns to score a 9-6 decision over fifth-ranked Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestler Cole Mills. UJ controlled the dual at that point 9-6.

"It was a pretty good victory," Murrillo said. "I tried to control the pace and do what I had to do to win the match. I started off right, but I wish we came out with a victory as a team."

Lovell added: "We're trying to teach him to stay after it. He gets a lead and doesn't feel comfortable to push it. But in those bigger, deeper matches at a conference or national tournament you have to keep pushing the guy and dominate. Soon as he gets over that hump, he'll be dangerous."

Jamestown's Matthew Hernandez, who's ranked 13th in the NAIA at 184 pounds, was UJ's third winner with a 3-2 decision over Bennett Sikkink. The Kenosha, Wisc., grappler used an escape and near fall to get ahead early at 3-0.

Tanner Smith was slated to go at 197, but the Jimmies decided to take a forfeit instead with the dual out of reach.

"We decided it wasn't worth it," Lovell said. "I wasn't going to wrestle those guys just for the show. Might as well keep them fresh for Saturday at Dickinson.

"We tried putting on the best show we could for the home crowd."

Jamestown and Northwestern will both travel to Dickinson on Saturday for the Dickinson State Open.

"We'll get to see (No. 4) Providence (Mont.) and (No. 3) Montana State-Northern," Lovell said. "It's teams we don't normally see."

Northwestern (Iowa) College 36, University of Jamestown 12

125: Austin Boles, NWC won by forfeit.

133: Josh Garcia, UJ pinned Cole Mills, 2:11.

141: Jesus Murillo, UJ dec. over Cole Mills, 10-6.

149: Dante Preciado, NWC dec. over Devon Lyle, 6-5.

157: Blake Pomajzl, NWC dec. over Carsen Paynter, 9-5.

165: Andrew Null, NWC pinned Theodore Robison, 1:57.

174: Haggen Meyer, NWC pinned Thomas Ingraham, 4:16.

184: Matthew Hernandez, UJ dec. over Bennett Sikkink, 3-2.

197: D'rell Gist, NWC won by forfeit.

285: Victor Garcia, NWC won by forfeit.

Records: University of Jamestown 0-3 GPAC, 3-4. Northwestern (Iowa) College 3-0 GPAC, 4-0.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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