Two up, two down for the 20th-ranked Jamestown College men's wrestling team.
The Jimmies improved to 2-0 in duals on the young season with a decisive 28-11 win over Division II University of Mary Wednesday night at the Hansen Center.
The Jimmies won seven of the 10 matches, had a pair of pins and a major decision en route to the victory. Despite the solid start, it's early, said JC coach Cisco Cole.
"We were undefeated at Christmas last year, too," said Cole with a grin. "I have a lot of respect for Mary and coach (Ben) Berogan, but truthfully, I'd say we wrestled decently to good. But we want to be great, and in order to get there, there are some things we need to clean up."
The highlight wins came from a veteran and youngster for the Jimmies.
Already leading 18-3, freshman Marlon Branson nearly sealed the JC win.
After trailing 5-1 late in the third period, the Kodiak, Alaska, native got five late points on Taylor Nagel to force overtime. Seven minutes into a tough match, Branson still had enough in the tank to take Nagel down early in the OT session and then complete the impressive comeback by sticking the Marauder's junior just 20 seconds into the extra frame.
"Branson showed a lot of heart," Cole said. "His style is a little goofy, he's all over the place, but he is fun to watch and he's going to battle for seven-plus minutes. That was a big-time effort."
Two matches earlier, Brandon Roehrich, a veteran of the JC program, turned an early deficit into six points.
The senior from Stanley trailed 3-1 early in the second, but in the span of about 30 seconds, it was over when Roehrich put Landon Della Silva on his back and pinned him at the 4:32 mark.
"Everybody thought it was going to be a match and just like that he pinned him twice," Cole said. "Brandon is a tough kid."
Same certainly is true for Aaron Field and Sean Blumhardt, the two ranked Jimmies.
Field started the match with a workmanlike 6-3 win over Austin Woo, to remain unbeaten at 6-0.
"To beat Aaron you're going to have to run him over with a pickup truck," Cole said.
Blumhardt followed with a narrow 3-2 win over Matt Garcia at 125 with a third-period escape being the difference.
"Sean's grown up in the program. He's always going to give you a great effort. Very dependable kid," Cole said.
Jarad Miller, Jaykob Miller and B.J. Moseley notched the other three JC wins.
Jarad Miller was never in trouble at 133, dispatching of Ryan Swelland 9-3.
Jaykob Miller, another freshman in the JC lineup, never trailed at 157 and nearly pinned Brandon DeLao late.
Moseley, a top All-American candidate for the Jimmies, worked over Tim Thompson to the tune of 14-2 for a major at 197.
"He got a little tired late," Cole said. "He wrestled good, but to be an All-American you have to wrestle great.
"Its little things here and there we have to continue to get better at as a team. I thought there were a couple of other matches we could have won, but we have to learn from them and move forward."
The Jimmies are at home again Tuesday night when they host Dickinson State, the No. 7 team in the NAIA.
Jamestown College 28, University of Mary 11
Heavyweight: Aaron Field, JC dec. Austin Woo, 6-3.
125: Sean Blumhardt, JC dec. Matt Garcia, 3-2.
133: Jarad Miller, JC dec. Ryan Swelland, 9-3.
141: Tanner Beaman, Mary dec. Chris Frazier, 9-5.
149: Brandon Roehrich, JC pinned Landon Della Silva, 4:32.
157: Jaykob Miller, JC dec. Brandon DeLao, 11-5.
165: Marlon Branson, JC pinned Taylor Nagel, 7:20 (OT).
174: Kurt Wiedrich, Mary dec. Anthony Clay, 11-8.
184: Brady Anderson, Mary tech. fall Justin Hollingshead, 16-1, 6:02.
197: B.J. Moseley, JC major dec. Tim Thompson, 14-2.