Jones earns All-American honors

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestler Cole Jones is an All-American. The sophomore earned those honors with a seventh-place finish at 125 pounds at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships which concluded on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jones finished the year with a 29-10 record.

“He had a great year,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “He didn’t reach his ultimate goal of being a national champ but that’s something we feel he can do in the future. He put together a great year, finished third in the region. We know he’s right there.”

The Grand Rapids, Minn., native lost in the consolation semifinals to Tyler Kreith of McKendree by a tough 2-1 decision, but rebounded with a 13-5 major decision win over Brendan Howard of Pitt-Johnstown in the seventh-place match to finish seventh. Jones went 3-2 at the national tournament.

“It feels pretty good, the steps I’ve taken and the growth I’ve seen,” Jones said after the match. “I’m not satisfied yet, I didn’t reach the ultimate goal. From here on, I just build off what I’ve got going for me.”

Jones became MSUM’s first wrestling All-American since current assistant coach Blake Bosch finished as the runner-up at 133 pounds in 2017.

“(I learned) I can hang with anybody at this tournament,” Jones said. “You’ve got to battle for everything position. åMost of the time it comes down to heart. A point here and point there makes a huge difference.”

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