Henneman gets two wins at national championships

Lourdes University wrestling saw its 2019-2020 season come to a close on Friday at the NAIA National Championships, as Nick Henneman (Clay) won a pair of matches inside Hartmann Arena in Park City, Kan.
Henneman, the second seed at 141 pounds, started quickly, scoring a 15-0 technical fall in the opening round against Keshawn Lewis of Cumberland (Tenn.).  After a scoreless opening period, he started on top in the second and scored a reversal followed by a four-point near fall on his way to a 7-0 lead after two.  He scored a takedown and another nearfall in the final period on the way to the victory.
In round two, he added another tech fall, this one by a 21-4 score against Eric Reyes of Menlo.  After leading 3-2 after one, he scored 11 points in the second with a takedown and two four-point near falls.  He added another takedown and near fall in the third to close out the match.
The quarterfinal round saw Henneman fall behind 6-0 in the opening period to Trent Leon of Reinhardt.  He picked up a pair of points in the second and another in the third, but it was not enough as he fell in a 10-3 decision. 
In the All-American round of the consolation bracket, he dropped a 9-3 decision to Connor Holman of Oklahoma City. The match was tied 2-2 heading to the third period before Holman scored a takedown and near fall.  The redshirt-sophomore saw his season come to an end with a 21-3 record.
“This was not the ending to the season that we anticipated for Nick,” Lourdes coach Dock Kelly III said afterwards.  “This will be tough for us to swallow, but we will grow from this experience and come back ready to win a national title in November.  We are proud of the season that Nick had, and we still believe that he has all of the necessary tools to win multiple national championships.”
As a team, Lourdes scored five points in the NAIA National Championships and tied for 34th place.


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