(Neb)-Helmick Goes 1-2 At DII Wrestling Nationals
Kaleb Center, Sports Information Director
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Chadron State College wrestler Chance Helmick went 1-2 in the first day of the 2017 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Birmingham on Friday, finishing his season with a record of 33-8 and continuing a longstanding tradition of Eagle wrestlers participating in the postseason.
Helmick's first match, against No. 7 Clayton Jennissen of St. Cloud State, went in his favor. Helmick scored the first and only takedown of the match, and took an escape point later in the match to move on with a 3-2 decision. Jennissen's only points were earned on escapes.
In the quarterfinal, Helmick got hit with an early takedown by No. 11 Dalton George of Ohio Valley. In second period, George used a reversal to put Helmick on his back for two points. With an escape point in the first period, down 8-1, Helmick staged an admirable comeback attempt. Following the reversal he escaped again, then secured a takedown of his own on the perimeter and earned a pair of nearfall points to make it 8-6. He was awarded a penalty point for stalling later in the third period, but was unable to secure the additional point needed, falling 8-7.
Helmick moved to consolations, where he faced Cody Carson of Central Missouri. Like earlier, Helmick was surprised by giving up an early takedown, and Carson was able to tilt him for four nearfall points.
An escape followed by another takedown and escape made it 8-2 after one period. Each wrestler scored a reversal in the second, and Carson made it 11-4 with an escape of his own in the third. Again, Helmick was awarded a penalty point for stalling in the third, but it could not make up the difference, falling 11-5.
Helmick's appearance at this year's NCAA Championships marks the 49th consecutive season an Eagle wrestler has participated in a national championship tournament, but it's been 2013 since one placed.
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