ST. LOUIS --- Danny Chaid came up one win shy of earning All-America status Friday on day two of the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center. Chaid scored a pair of wins in the consolation bracket at 197 pounds before falling to Oklahoma State's Preston Weigel in the round of 12.
Chaid started his day with a convincing 10-5 victory over Princeton's Brett Harner. He continued to advance through the wrestlebacks with a 6-5 overtime win against Navy's Steban Cervantes. Chaid and Cervantes were tied at 5 after regulation and a scoreless sudden victory period. The Tar Heel junior from San Jose, California, rode out the first 30 second tiebreaker period and then quickly escaped and held off Cervantes for the victory.
But Chaid's run to the podium stopped one round short against Weigel, the No. 6 seed at 197. Weigel scored halfway through the second period to take a 2-0 lead and added a near fall in the third period to put the match out of reach.
Carolina two other competitors dropped their opening consolation bouts Friday and were eliminated. At 149, Troy Heilmann lost 5-2 to Northern Illinois' Steve Bleise. Ethan Ramos, the No. 7 seed at 174, fell to sixth-seeded Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State, 5-3.
With one day of action in St. Louis remaining, Carolina sits in a tie for 41st place with 4.5 team points. Penn State, with five finalists alive heading into Saturday, looks poised to win the team title. The Nittany Lions have 121 points, 21.5 clear of Ohio State's 89.5 in second.