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Jimmies men's wrestling fall 27-21 to Dakota Wesleyan at home

Jan. 12—JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown men's wrestling team hosted their final home meet of the season and were unable to mount a late comeback as they lost 27-21 to Dakota Wesleyan University on Friday, Jan. 12, at Harold Newman Arena.

The first match of the day saw the Jimmies' Elijah Barajas get a convincing 11-1 major decision win over the Tigers' Will Farren to push his team in front 4-0. The Jimmies would get another win after that to push the lead out to 9-0.

"The main thing, he rode tough on top," Jimmies head coach Jim Zalesky said. "He was good on top. He got the takedowns on his feet. I think if he was feeling better, he could've done better but it was good to get a win, get us going that way."

The Tigers responded with three wins in a row to take a 14-9 lead. The run was ended in the 165-pound match when Degan Linne got a 5-0 decision win over Elijah Isakson to cut the deficit down to 14-12.

"That was good. Degan, he's filled in the last couple days in our meets and looks good," Zalesky said. "I think if he would've had more workouts and stuff like that, he probably could've got a major (decision win), a takedown for a major. It didn't come back to haunt us but if we would've won heavyweight, we would've been tied, we would've loss if we had gotten pinned. That would've been a big point for us. We left a couple points that we should've got and that's something as a coach you preach and that's something that I'm not real happy about."

Another Jimmies loss would see them trail 24-18 before Jake Rau stepped onto the mat. The Jimmies' senior would dominate getting out to a 7-0 lead and carrying that to a 8-1 decision win to cut his team's deficit to 24-21.

The Jimmies' Chance Robinson would fall in the final match of the dual by decision. After the match, Robinson had a lengthy conversation with Zalesky on the bench.

"The main thing is he's standing up, he's getting up good but his hips are in," Zalesky said. "So, the guy can ride you, he gets there all the time. You gotta get your hips up, if you don't get your hips up, the guy can pick you up and put you back down, which that can happen. That's why the guy got riding time on us."

The Jimmies return to the mat on Friday, Jan. 19, when they go to the Missouri Valley Invite with the time still to be determined.

DWU 27, UJ 21

125 pounds: UJ's Elijah Barajas wins by major decision 11-1 over DWU's Will Farren (MD 11-1)

133 pounds: UJ's Isaiah Miller tech fall win over DWU's Temujin Natsagdorj (TF 17-2 7:00)

141 pounds: DWU's Tyson Durham wins by decision 8-1 over UJ's Jace Goebel (Dec 8-1)

149 pounds: DWU's Aric Williams wins by fall over UJ's Tommy Beringer (Fall 2:03)

157 pounds: DWU's Tyson Johnson tech fall win over UJ's Cutter Jones (TF 23-8 7:00)

165 pounds: UJ's Degan Linne wins by decision 5-0 over DWU's Elijah Isakson (Dec 5-0)

174 pounds: Double Forfeit

184 pounds: DWU's Lane Miller wins by major decision 11-3 over UJ's Diante Taylor (MD 11-3)

197 pounds: UJ's Jake Rau wins by decision 8-1 over DWU's Colten Hink (Dec 8-1)

285 pounds: DWU's Trevion Sample wins by decision 8-1 over UJ's Chance Robinson (Dec 8-1)