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(Neb)-Both CSC Wrestlers Eliminated At National Tournament

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/08/2019 11:48 PM
By Kaleb Center    CSC Sports Information DIrector
The two Chadron State College wrestlers to qualify for the 2019 NCAA Division II national championships in Cleveland both saw their seasons end on the tournament's first day..

The Eagles' 149-pound Chase Clasen and 197-pound Wade French both went 1-2 Friday, finishing their junior years among the sport's elite.

Clasen was pitted against No. 2 ranked and NCAA Super Region 5 champion James Pleski in the opening round of the championship. The CSC junior from Moses Lake, Washington, was the aggressor throughout the match but couldn't take down the higher-ranked opponent in regulation.

The match went to sudden victory overtime, where a shot by Clasen was deflected and turned into a takedown by Pleski, who avenged his only loss of the season.

Clasen won his second bout at the tournament with a 10-3 decision over Limestone's Matthew Rose, another regional champ. Clasen controlled the match from start to finish.

In his final match, Clasen faced No. 10 ranked Gavin Londoff, who scored the first takedown with seconds left in the first period. That proved to be more than enough for the Midwest Classic runner-up, who shutout Clasen 4-0 after a riding time point was added.

French followed a similar package In the 197-pound bracket, as he lost his opening 9-4 to Upper Iowa University's Nick Baumler, and was sent to a pigtail bracket in the consolation rounds.

There, he managed a 5-3 win over Lindenwood's Jared McKindley, to advance back into the main bracket.

In his final match, French met a familiar Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent in Adams State sophomore Khalil Gipson. French had already vanquished Gipson twice earlier in the season with a 9-5 decision in a dual and 7-3 in the Super Region 6 finals.

This time, Gipson scored a takedown and  crafty four-point near-fall early. French dominated the rest of the match with over four minutes in riding time, but couldn't convert that into points as he just missed scoring back points on multiple occasions, allowing Gipson to advanced to the placing rounds on Saturday with a 6-2 decision.

This was the 51st consecutive year Chadron State qualified at least one team member for the national meet, but the first time since 2007 the Eagles had 2 regional champions. 


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