Chadron State College’s Brock Thumm went 1-2 at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last weekend.
The 141-pound junior from Watervliet, Mich., was the Eagles’ only representative at the national showdown, keeping alive CSC’s string of having a qualifier at the national tourney 50 consecutive years.
Isaiah Royal of Newberry University in South Carolina won 5-3 over Thumm in the opening round.
Thumm then pinned Zach Scott of Minnesota State-Moorhead at the end of the first period when they met in the consolation bracket.
Next up was senior Nick Crume of Indianapolis University. Crume had overwhelmed Brandon Ball of Fort Hays State 10-3 in the opening round, but lost to Jarred Offendahl of St. Cloud State in Minnesota 8-6 when they met in the quarterfinals.
Crume squeezed out a 4-3 decision, ending Thumm’s topsy-turvey season with a 21-10 record.
Crume, who finished third at 141 pounds a year ago, wound up eighth in 2018.
This year’s 141-pound champion is sophomore Chris Eddins of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, who nipped Darren Wynn of McKendree University in Illinois 4-2 in the finals. Wynn also was the runner-up last year after winning the title in 2016.
CSC coach Brett Hunter commended Thumm for his season, noting that he persisted after spending four days and three nights in the Chadron Hospital in late January while battling an infection followed by a kidney issue.
At the time, it seemed doubtful Thumm would wrestle again this season, but he eventually recovered, got back in condition and placed second at the Midwest Regional Tourney to qualify for nationals.
St. Cloud State, which had three silver medalists, won the team 2018championship for the third time in four years, edging Notre Dame of Ohio for the title. Cal Baptist, which is moving up to Division I next year, was third followed by tourney host Upper Iowa and Ashland of Ohio.