FARGO, N.D. – Obenson Blanc has been elevated to associate head coach of the North Dakota State University wrestling team for the 2021-22 season, head coach Roger Kish announced Wednesday, June 2.
Blanc has spent the past two seasons with the Bison program, which has crowned two Big 12 Conference champions and qualified 10 wrestlers for the NCAA championships while compiling a 17-7 dual meet record during his time.
Blanc is also the wrestling staff’s academic liaison, helping the Bison perform in the classroom as well as on the mat. NDSU ranked 10th in the nation academically his first year and the Bison had the second-highest team GPA among all Division I wrestling programs in 2020-21.
Blanc came to NDSU in June 2019 from North Carolina State, where he spent five years as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack mentoring two NCAA champions, 10 All-Americans, 10 conference champions and 18 NWCA Scholar All-Americans.
An accomplished freestyle wrestler, Blanc made five consecutive U.S. national teams from 2009 to 2013. He was a three-time Pan-American finalist, two-time U.S. Open and U.S. World Team Trials champion in 2010 and 2013, and an alternate for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Blanc was a four-time NCAA qualifier in college and compiled a 118-41 record and 25 pins while wrestling at both Lock Haven and Oklahoma State. He was a 2007 All-American for Lock Haven and fell one win shy of All-America honors in 2009 at Oklahoma State.
Blanc earned his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Lock Haven in 2008, and received his master’s degree in international business from Oklahoma State in 2010.
He and his wife, Kristi, have two daughters, Elliana and Zoa.