CLEVELAND -- Tyler Hammack's run at the NCAA National Tournament came to a close on Friday evening. The 184-pounder concludes the 2018 season with a 27-13 record.
Hammack faced off against Millikin's Keajion Jennings in his opening bout. A quick takedown bolstered the junior to a 2-0 lead. Jennings came back and scored four nearfall points, paired with a takedown to hold a 6-2 lead after one.
Jennings added to his lead in the second, on the verge of a major decision. Hammack continued to chip away at the lead with escape points and a takedown. Hammack climbed within two points of Jennings, but a late takedown coupled with a point for riding time helped Jennings in the opener, 12-7.
In the wrestlebacks, the junior faced a tough opponent in Messiah's Derek Beitz. Beitz scored two quick takedowns off Hammack and four nearfall points before pinning Hammack in 2:51.
"I am so proud of Tyler," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "He's a wonderful person and has grown up so much … I hope this experience drives him and his teammates to do big things in the offseason."