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DSU’s Hellinger wins national wrestling title

TOPEKA, Kan. — When Jesse Hellinger walked off the mat after winning the championship match at 197 pounds, the senior didn’t just win a national title, but made a lasting impact on the Dickinson State wrestling team.

DSU head coach Thadd O’Donnell voiced those words to him.

“When Jesse walked off the mat, it was one of those things I told that he’s done more for Dickinson State than win a national championship, but this is a great way to end your career,” O’Donnell said. “He did a great job. He’s such a leader and he does things right and he’s a mentor for our young guys. A lot of times you have that and they don’t win those matches. To have him win that, it really shows the guys what they need to do to get there. I’m just so proud of him. He had an awesome tournament.”

Hellinger defeated Benedictine (Kan.) Stephen Loosbrock in a 3-2 decision during the NAIA National Championship on Saturday.

The Blue Hawks senior was the lone placer. Hellinger’s five wins were by two decisions, two pins and a bye. DSU finished in 15th place with 29.5 points.

Carter, Miller finish with a pair of top 5 finishes

GENEVA, Ohio — The Dickinson State track and field team’s didn’t leave the NAIA Indoor National Championship with any titles, but did leave with quite a bit of hardware.

DSU junior Breyan Miller and sophomore Dante Carter each finished with a pair of top five finishes. DSU finished in a tied for 10th place with 29 points.

Miller placed runner-up in the 200-meter dash in 21.29 seconds and fourth in the 60 (6.87). Carter, the defending 1,000 run champion, placed fifth (2:30.04) in the event this year. He took third in the mile run (4:09.57).

Brady Sundheim, a senior, finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 48 feet, ¾ inches. Senior Dustin Sandbak rounded out the Blue Hawk award winners as he placed seventh in the 800 (1:54.97).