UJ Wrestling
SIOUX CITY, Iowa  (uj.edu— Five University of Jamestown men’s wrestlers remained in the hunt for individual championships after the first day of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Wrestling Championship at the Hindman-Hobbs Center.

Jesse Murillo (SO/El Paso, Texas) (141), Brandon Aragon (SR/Pueblo, Colo.) (149), Carsen Paynter (SR/Livermore, Calif.) (157), Will Parks (SR/Perham, Minn.) (197), and Josh Goeden (SO/Sitka, Alaska) (197) all advanced to the semifinal round in their weight class.

Murillo won his only match Friday night, an 11-4 decision over Andrew Shea of Briar Cliff (Iowa). Murillo led 6-1 after the first on the strength of a four-point nearfall, then extended his lead to 8-1 with a takedown in the second.

Aragon was a winner by 10-1 major decision over Austin Hendrickson of Northwestern (Iowa). Aragon led 6-1 going into the third, ending the match with a four-point nearfall.

Paynter took a 9-3 decision against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)’s Cole Halouska. He scored four points in each of the first two periods and gained an extra point with the riding time advantage.

Parks pinned Devin Brown of Midland (Neb.) in 2:32 to advance to the semifinals.

Goeden never trailed in an 8-3 decision over Dakota Wesleyan’s Carter Max. Takedowns in the first and second combined with two more in the third sealed the win.

Antonio Ruiz (JR/West Valley, Utah) (141), Kade Thompson (SR/Idaho Falls, Idaho) (165), Theo Robison (JR/Westminster, Colo.) (174), Ryan Sanchez (SR/DeLand, Fla.) (184), and Chumkaur Dhaliwal (SR/Union City, Calif.) (285) are still alive in the consolation bracket and can place as high as third.

The tournament resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m.


GPAC Championships

Jamestown 6 of 9

SIOUX CITY, Iowa  (uj.edu)— Brandon Aragon (SR/Pueblo, Colo.) qualified for the NAIA Wrestling National Championship and the University of Jamestown men’s wrestling team finished sixth at the GPAC Championship, which concluded Saturday at the Hindman-Hobbs Center.

Aragon earned one of three GPAC wild card entries to the national meet and finished third at 149 pounds.

Carsen Paynter (SR/Livermore, Calif.) and Josh Goeden (SO/Sitka, Alaska) placed second at 157 and 197, respectively.

Paynter won a 9-3 decision and a 15-4 major decision to advance to the first-place match against Concordia (Neb.)’s Gabriel Crawford. Crawford won a highly contested match by 7-6 decision. Due to the GPAC having two automatic qualifiers at 157 pounds, Paynter had to wrestle Taygen Smith of Hastings (Neb.) for true second place, and it was Smith coming out on top by decision.

Goeden won by 8-3 decision and then earned a pin in the semifinals. He lost a 10-2 major decision to Morningside’s Jacob Wiley in the championship match.

Aragon won his quarterfinal match by 10-1 major decision, then lost a tough tie breaker-2 bout 3-2 to John Diener of Morningside in the semifinals. Aragon then came back with a pin and a 2-0 decision to claim third.

Jesse Murillo (SO/El Paso, Texas) placed fourth at 141 pounds, as did Will Parks (SR/Perham, Minn.) at 197.

Jamestown finished with 67.5 points, 19.5 points ahead of seventh-place Doane (Neb.) and 19 points behind Hastings (Neb.) Concordia won the team title with 163.5 points, followed by Briar Cliff (Iowa) with 122.5, Northwestern (Iowa) with 109, and Morningside with 108.5.

The full list of qualifiers for the NAIA Wrestling National Championship will be announced on February 25 by the national office. Park City, Kan., is the site of the national meet on March 6-7.