Two Chadron State College wrestlers went undefeated at the NCAA Super Region 6 Championships in Kearney on Saturday and earned berths at the National Championships in Cleveland in two weeks.

Junior Chase Clasen of Moses Lake, Wash., won the 149-pound title and Wade French of Herman, Utah, was the 195-pound winner. Both are juniors.

This is the first time since 2007 that the Eagles have had two regional champions.

“This is the best we have collectively wrestled at a regional since I have been the head coach,” said Brett Hunter, the Eagles’ mentor. “Everyone competed and gave it their all. We’re extremely excited for Chase and Wade; yet, my heart goes out to Brandon (Kile) and Rulon (Taylor). They came close (to qualifying for nationals), but fell a little bit short.”

Both of the Eagles’ regional champions won three decisions.

Clasen is now 17-5 for the season. He initially slipped past Jonathon Trujillo of New Mexico Highlands 7-5, edged Noah Ottum of Colorado School of Mines 3-2 and had a bit more breathing room in the finals, when he stopped Noah Herosillo of Adams State 12-8.

Clasen had defeated both Noahs during duals this season. He had not previously met Trujillo.

French began his march to the title by topping Jacob Feldman of Colorado Mines 5-1, bested Trey Schlender of Nebraska-Kearney 5-2 and won the 197-pound crown by decisioning Khalil Gipson of Adams State 7-3. French also beat Gipson by four points--9-5--when they met on Jan. 4. He had not previously met the other two foes.

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French, the National Junior College champion last year while wrestling for Western Wyoming College, will go to the DII showdown with an 18-7 record.

Kile went 2-2 while placing fourth at 133 pounds. He opened the tourney with a 16-13 sudden victory over Jordan Gurrola of San Francisco State, but after splitting his next two matches, lost to Gurrola 5-1 in the match to decide which one of them goes to Cleveland.

A junior from Hastings, Kile lost to eventual 133-pound champion D’andre Brumfield of CSU-Pueblo 8-1 in the semifinals, then pinned Bracken Lovell of Colorado Mesa in 1:47, sending Kile to the third place bout.

Kile finishes his season at 16-13.

Taylor opened his regional bid by decisioning James Romero of Adams State 11-8. During ensuing matches, Taylor fell to Weston Hunt of Colorado Mines 3-1 in sudden victory, Jarrod Hinrichs of UNK 5-3 and Sammy Deseriere of Western Colorado 13-8. The Curtis, Neb., product ends his senior season at 11-8.

Two more Eagles, Chance Karst of Powell, Wyo., at 141 pounds, and Jake Otuafi of Sparks, Nev., won a match.

As anticipated, Nebraska-Kearney won the team title with 121 points, followed by Western Colorado, 110; Adams State, 102.5; Colorado State-Pueblo, 93; Colorado Mines, 87.5; Colorado Mesa, 58.5; San Francisco State, 55.5; Chadron State, 53; Simon Fraser, 29; and New Mexico Highlands, 24.

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