ST. LOUIS --- Three members of the North Carolina wrestling team advanced to day two of the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday at Scottrade Center. Troy Heilmann, Ethan Ramos and Danny Chaid each went 1-1 and will resume competition Friday morning in the second consolation round. Joey Ward and Cory Daniel both lost twice and were eliminated.
Heilmann, two years removed from his NCAA debut at 133 pounds, had a tall task in his opening round bout at 149. The redshirt junior from South Plainfield, New Jersey, faced No. 4 Micah Jordan of Ohio State and was handed a 21-6 technical fall. Heilmann rebounded in the evening session, however, beating Harvard's Hunter Ladnier by an 11-1 major decision.
Ramos got his third NCAA appearance off to a strong start with a 9-2 win over Gardner-Webb's Austin Trott. The Hawthorne, New Jersey, redshirt junior dropped a tough 6-4 decision to ninth-seeded Miles Amine in the evening session to fall into the consolation bracket.
Chaid's first match at nationals was Carolina's biggest of the day, as the junior from San Jose upset No. 9-seeded Nate Rotert of South Dakota State in impressive fashion, 10-5. Chaid then fell 12-5 in the round of 16 to eighth-seeded Ryan Wolfe of Rider to slide into the wrestlebacks.
Ward, a 2016 All-American competing in his final NCAA Championships, saw his decorated career come to an end Thursday. Ward was pinned by Jake Hathaway of Oregon State in the opening round before suffering a tech fall to Mike Longo of Oklahoma in the consolation bracket. Ward finishes the year 26-7 and 98-34 for his career.
Daniel went 0-2 in his first NCAA appearance, dropping a pair of low-scoring affairs.
Action resumes Friday at 11 a.m. with all matches streamed live on WatchESPN.com.