In just the program's third season, Cisco Cole has high expectations for his Jamestown College women's wrestling team.
The team's results last weekend at the Oklahoma City University Duals didn't do anything to dampen Cole's opinion when they went 2-1.
"It was good to get competition. We've been beating up on each other for about a month, so it was good to wrestle other people," he said. "We didn't have any real big lows or any real big highs. I wasn't surprised by anything. We just need to continue to get better."
Oklahoma City University, host of the duals, is the defending national champion and the favorite again this year.
"They're the No. 1 team for a reason," Cole said. "They're a tough measuring stick for anybody."
The Jimmies have everybody back from last season, including eight NAIA All-Americans. They also expect Tani Ader, who won the program's first national championship as a freshman in 2008, to return after missing last season with a shoulder injury. Cole hopes to have her back in the second semester.
Amanda Athon (90 kg), one of the returning All-Americans, went 4-0 in the opener, impressing Cole.
"She looked great. It was a really nice start for her," he said.
Tiffany Sluik, a two-time All-American, won five of her six matches at 55.
Top-recruit Natalie Rutt, from Belle Plaine, Minn., made a strong debut, dropping just one match on the weekend.
Cole also singled out junior Calie Cutler's first outing.
Michelle Quilles and Christina Ordonez, also returning All-Americans, had three victories.
"Team-wise, it was typical of what you expect your first time out," Cole said. "There was a lot of good things, but also things we have to improve on."
The Jimmies finished fifth at nationals last season and they expect more this year.
They'll get another good look at many of the top teams in the country Oct. 22-23 in Calgary, Alberta. Their first home action is Nov. 19 when they host the Jimmie Duals, followed by the CanAm duals the following day.
"I think we're right in there with the top three teams in the country," Cole said. "I'm happy with the progress we've made as a program, but we're not satisfied. We want to continue on that upward path."
With women's wrestling gaining popularity, Cole says the stakes are rising.
"We're getting better, but our national league has gotten a lot tougher, too. The teams we're facing are better. There's no doubt about it," Cole said. "The sport has grown exponentially. We're adding two and-a-half teams per year and it's not slowing down. In fact, recently I've had two NAIA schools contact me about how I got things started here, and are looking to do the same.
44: Brianna Rahall, OCU, dec. Ariel Oster, 3-0.
48: Nicole Woody, OCU, dec. Natalie Rutt, 3-0.
51: Joey Miller, OCU, pinned Michelle Canete, 1:23.
55: Michaela Hutchison, OCU, dec. Chaelyn Tan, 10-0.
63: Amberle Montgomery, OCU, pinned Calie Cutler, :54.
67: Brittany Goebel, OCU, pinned Christina Ordonez, :27.
72: Kristie Davis, OCU, tech. fall Michelle Quiles, 13-0.
80: Brittany Delgado, OCU, tech. fall Kayla Volin, 13-0.
Jamestown College 29, Missouri Valley 12
44: Oster, JC, won by forfeit.
48: Rutt, JC, tech. fall Britney Heatherly, 13-0.
51: Canete, JC, dec. Felicia Cruz, 6-4.
55: Tiffany Sluik, JC, won by forfeit.
63: Randi Beltz, MVC, pinned Cutler, 1:00.
67: Michelle Quiles, JC, dec. Summer Sistad, 2-0.
72: Christina Ordonez, JC, dec. Brittany Jones, 3-0.
80: Jordan Hagerman, MVC, dec. Volin, 7-1.
Jamestown College 36, Wayland Baptist 8
44: Oster, JC won by forfeit.
48: Rutt, JC, tech. fall Ofelia Valdez, 13-0.
51: Nalley Carrillo, WBU, pinned Canete, :50.
55: Sluik, JC, won by forfeit.
59: 1, Tan, JC, dec. Jeneshia Woods, 6-4.
63: Cutler, JC, won by forfeit.
67: Quiles, JC, dec. Tarah Brewer, 10-0.
72: Ordonez, JC, dec. Lorraine Herrera, 11-2.
80: Volin, JC, dec. Shelsie McMillion, 5-1.