NDSU Names Obenson Blanc Head Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D.—Obenson Blanc has been named head assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head wrestling coach Roger Kish made the announcement on Friday.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to help bring my skill sets to a program on the rise, its wonderful community, and student-athletes. I am lucky to have spent five years in Raleigh amongst a great staff and some of the most incredible young individuals you will encounter,” said Blanc, a native of Naples, Fla.

Blanc has been an assistant coach at NC State since the summer of 2014 following a successful freestyle career that included making five consecutive U.S. National Teams from 2009 to 2013. At the peak of his career, Blanc 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.

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NDSU Adds Perham’s Rach to Newcomer List

FARGO, N.D.–North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced that two-time Minnesota state place-winner Leighton Rach (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.) will be joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019.

Rach joins Corey Gamet (Jackson, Mich. / Michigan Center H.S.); Riley Habisch (Buffalo, Minn. / Buffalo H.S.) Tyler Jones (Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee H.S.); Ty Moser (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.); Michael Nelson (Dover, Minn. / Dover-Eota H.S.), Ryan Ripplinger (Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck H.S.) and Michael Weber (Forsyth, Mont. / Forsyth H.S.) will be also joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019.

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Bison’s Eaton Named to 2019 NWCA Scholar All-American List

MANHEIM, Pa. – North Dakota State University 197-pounder Cordell Eaton was named to the 2019 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I Scholar All-American list released Thursday. Eaton is one of 142 wrestlers nationally to receive the award.

Eaton, a redshirt junior from Long Grove, Iowa, maintains a 3.786 GPA majoring in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He is a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling first team.

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NWCA Announces Division 1 Scholar All-American Awards

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association on Thursday released their Division I Scholar All-American Award winners which had the Drexel Dragons in the top spot with a 3.6263 GPA after finishing in 8th a season ago. The Individual awards were lead by The Ohio State University who had seven wrestler’s garner All-American status.

The individual awards included 39 athletes who brought home NCAA All-American honors from Pittsburgh with eleven finalists. Highlighting the team were five NCAA Champions including a trio of Nittany Lions; Anthony Cassar, Bo Nickal, and Jason Nolf, as well as Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) and Spencer Lee (Iowa). Nickal, Nolf, and Ashnault were also Hodge Trophy Finalists with Nickal winning the award. In total 142 wrestlers received 2019 honors.

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Former Bison Wrestler Rodriguez Golden as U.S. Freestyle Team Rolls to 2019 Senior Pan Am Title

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Former North Dakota State University wrestler Josh Rodriguez won the gold medal at 57 kg as the U.S. Men’s Freestyle Team went undefeated at 34-0 and won all 10 weight classes to take the 2019 Senior Pan American Championship on April 18-21. It was the first time in the history of the event a team has gone undefeated, winning every weight.

Rodriguez, who lives in State College, Pa., and trains with the Nittany Lion WC, compiled a 4-0 record including his win over 2018 Pan American silver medalist Oscar Tigreros Urbano in the championship match.

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