Dragon’s Bosch Clinches All-American Honors at NCAA National Wrestling Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Blake Bosch went 2-1 and has clinched All-American honors at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships on Friday in St. Louis, Mo.

The top eight in each weight class earn All-American honors, and by virtue of his two wins at 133 pounds, Bosch is assured of placing in the top eight. He is the Dragons’ first All-American in wrestling since Corey Ulmer accomplished the feat at 125 pounds in 2012.

MSU-Moorhead Dragons“He had a good day,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said.

Bosch (27-10) opened the day with a 9-7 win over No. 6-ranked Jordan Gurrola (29-12) of San Francisco State.

“He continued to wrestle well in the top position,” Nelson said. “We’re always happy to get that first win and build from there.”

In the second round, Bosch ran into the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the nation, Michael Labry (40-1) of Ashland (Ohio). Bosch battled tough before falling 14-7.

“Blake wrestled hard the whole match,” Nelson said.

Bosch dropped into the consolation bracket where he faced Nolan Whitely (26-11) of Wheeling Jesuit. An early escape in the third period proved to be the difference as Bosch prevailed by a 4-3 score.

“He wrestled well in that last match,” Nelson said. “It was a close match, tied 3-3 going into the third period. Blake was wrestling him good on his feet. He wrestled a smart match and wrestled a good third period.”

Nelson said Bosch’s goal is to place third, and if he wins all three matches on Saturday, he will accomplish that feat. To open Saturday’s competition Bosch will face Mike Rhone of St. Cloud State. Rhone and Bosch split two matches during the season, with Bosch winning the most recent meeting at the Super Region 3 tournament.

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