1 CSC wrestler advances to National Championship
After three CSC wrestlers advanced to the second day of the regional tournament, only Chance Helmick, junior of Beatrice, 174-pounds, advanced to NCAA National Championships March 10-11 in Birmingham, Alabama. The Championships will be a part of the NCAA D-II Championships Festival, which will include several winter sport championships. The CSC track and field athletes will also compete in the same Birmingham Crossplex.
Helmick, Taylor Summers, senior of Plymouth, 133-pounds; and Cooper Cogdill, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, heavyweight, survived day one of the 2017 NCAA West Super Region Championships hosted at Colorado School of Mines, Golden. All three made their way to the semifinals rounds and were then defeated.
Helmick earned a tech fall against San Francisco State University’s Jesse Lyga, senior of Simi Valley, California, 17-0 in the second period and won a decision over the University of Nebraska Kearney’s Isaac Deaton, sophomore of Valdez, Arkansas, 9-2. But, California Baptist University’s Nolan Kistler, junior of Riverside, California, marked the tech fall 16-1.
In the first match of day two, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Miguel Barreras, redshirt freshman of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, lost to Helmick, who then moved to the third-place match against Colorado Mesa University’s Bruno Nicoletti, redshirt junior of Aurora, Colorado. Helmick tallied a major decision 9-1 to earn his way to the championships.
Summers defeated Simon Fraser University’s Cruz Velasquez, junior of Maple Valley, Washington, and earned a bye to make it to the semifinals, where Colorado State University-Pueblo Paul Garcia, redshirt sophomore of Denver, won after three overtimes, 5-4, to make his way to the consolation semifinals.
Summers lost the first match of day two against Mesa’s Juaquin Olivias, sophomore of Tucson, Arizona 3-2. Summers then earned a 55-second pin over Central Oklahoma’s Blake Dauphin, sophomore of Tuttle, Oklahoma, but Olivas needed to win in the third-place match in order for Summers to advance to the true-fourth match. Olivas lost to Adams States University’s Martin Ramirez, redshirt senior of Elk Grove, California, ending Summers’ season.
Cogdill pinned San Francisco State University’s Ricardo Jamarillo, freshman of Bakersfield, California, and defeated Simon Fraser’s Sean Molle, redshirt senior of Calgary, Alberta, 1-0; before Central Oklahoma’s Caleb Cotter, junior of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, won 10-4, to make his way to the consolation semifinals.
Cogdill also moved into the third-place match with a 1-0 decision over CSU-P’s Augustine DeSantis, redshirt junior of Escondido, California. But Cal. Baptist’s Paul Head, redshirt senior of San Diego, California, won 4-3, forcing a true-fourth match against Fort Hays State University’s Christian Lance, redshirt freshman of Nixa, Missouri. Lance won the match, 3-1, in the last few seconds with a takedown.
Sean Glasgow, redshirt freshman of Newark, New Jersey, 149-pounds; Johnny Porter, redshirt sophomore of Bellevue, 157-pounds; and Willy Cogdill, redshirt freshman of Chadron, 184-pounds, won two before ending their seasons.
Brandon Kile, sophomore of Hastings, 125-pounds, and Matthew Kindler, freshman of David City, 197-pounds, won one at the tournament.