BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Minnesota State University Moorhead senior wrestler Blake Bosch finished second in the nation at 133 pounds at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships on Saturday night in Birmingham, Ala. Bosch (32-2) lost in the championship match to No. 1-ranked Michael Labry of Ashland by a 7-5 decision but earned his third straight All-American honor with the performance at the tournament.
“It feels good to be a three-time All-American,” Bosch said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
The championship was a battle of the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the nation (Labry) vs. No. 2 (Bosch) and didn’t disappoint.
Bosch scored five points on escapes and was within 7-5 late in the third period but was unable to get the takedown to tie the match.
“Blake went out there and gave it his all. (Labry) is a great wrestler,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said.
In the semifinals, Bosch made quick work of Wheeling Jesuit’s Dustin Warner, recording a win by fall in 1:58 to reach the championship match for the first time in his collegiate career.
The Dragon senior scored a takedown and threw Warner to his back, finishing the pin in just 1:58 to reach the finals.
The Wishek, N.D., native finished his Dragon career with a 115-35 record, three All-American honors and two Super Region 3 titles. He will leave MSUM second all-time in wins with 115.
“Blake is a coach’s dream,” Nelson said. “When we recruited him, we knew we were getting a great wrestler. He was not only a great wrestler, but a great individual. He does everything right on the mat and off the mat. He has a great attitude and leadership and gave us 100 percent every day.”
“My sophomore year I took eighth, and I wanted to improve and Coach kept telling me I had the potential to be a national champion,” Bosch said. “Strength coaches were pushing me, the athletic trainers were keeping me healthy. it is just a great atmosphere all around in Dragon athletics.”
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