Leaving A Legend – Dragon’s Blake Bosch

What began as a kid needing a way to expend his surplus of energy turned into a remarkable wrestling career.

At just 4 years old, Blake Bosch took the mat for the first time, and success was soon to follow. Bosch didn’t lose a match until third grade. It was at that time he realized he hated losing more than he loved winning.

As just an eighth grader, Bosch started to make his mark on North Dakota high school wrestling by winning his first state championship. As satisfying as that may have been, the next two years were a humbling experience for him. He finished runner-up in ninth and 10th grade, losing both championships to the same wrestler.

Growing up in the small town of Wishek, North Dakota (population 987), the opportunity to get better was sometimes difficult. After dropping his second state championship, Blake would make the 1-hour-and-45-minute drive to Bismarck, a place that is synonymous with wrestling. Continue reading at msumadvocate.com

Dragons Add 5 to 2017-18 Recruiting Class

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling coach Kris Nelson has announced the addition of five more recruits for 2017-18. This includes two Division I transfers and three high school standouts.

“I’m very excited to add this group of recruits to the Dragon wrestling program,” Nelson said. “It’s nice to add depth at 125 pounds as we only had one individual at this weight class.  Currently, we have seven of our 10 starters returning but feel these individuals will push for starting roles along with providing depth and making good workout partners.  We plan to add more recruits to this class by the start of next season.” Continue reading

College Recruiting: DuLaney to SIU-Edwardsville; Farmah to MSU-Mankato

Iowa Lakes Community College sophomores Christian DuLaney and George Farmah have signed Letters of Intent to continue their wrestling careers.

DuLaney has committed to wrestling for Division I Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Farmah has committed to wrestling for Division II Minnesota State University Mankato next season. Continue reading

Gophers Ready for U.S. Open

The U.S. Open returns to Las Vegas in 2017 after taking a one-year hiatus due to the Olympic year in 2016. This year’s event, which will serve as the World Team Trials for Greco competitors and as a World Trials qualifier for freestyle wrestlers, will include seven Gopher alums and one current Gopher wrestling across both styles.

On the freestyle side, four Minnesota alums, current Gopher Bobby Steveson and Regional Training Center athlete Daniel DeShazer will be wrestling at five different weights in Vegas.

Volunteer Assistant Coach Zach Sanders makes his return to the freestyle scene at 57 kilograms, while both DeShazer and four-time All-American and 2010 National Champion Jayson Ness will both wrestle at 61 kilograms. In his last senior-level competition, Ness won a silver medal at the Paris International in late January. Continue reading

Six-minute mat chat with reigning freestyle national champion, Mitch McKee

MINNEAPOLIS — This time last year Mitch McKee stormed his way through the UWW Freestyle Junior National Championships, racking up four technical falls in the preliminary rounds before pinning Seth Gross, an NCAA Division-I finalist in 2017, in the first period of the finals. It was a dominant performance that showcased McKee’s talents as a freestyle wrestler.

This week McKee is heading back to Las Vegas to defend his title as a UWW Junior freestyle national champion. Coming off his freshman season with the Gophers, in which he qualified for the NCAA Division-I National Championships at 133 pounds, McKee is excited to get back on the mat. “I have had some time to rest before this tournament. Sometimes it is hard to rest in the college season because of the busy schedule and weekly competition,” he explained. “I am feeling ready to go!” Continue reading at www.mtcstorm.com