Blake Bosch, senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead and native of Wishek, North Dakota, has qualified for his fourth NCAA Division II National Championships. Bosch did so with a his second consecutive Super Region-Central championship Saturday afternoon at Nemzek Hall on the campus of MSUM. Bosch’s performance over the course of the two-day tournament was nothing short of dominant. The 2X All American scored two major decisions before pinning Naquan Hardy of McKendree University in 2:33. Currently ranked second in the nation by Intermat, Bosch will now look to improve on last year’s fourth place finish at the NCAA tournament. His Super Region championship means a matchup in the first round against a fourth place qualifier from another region. The MCAA Division II Championships will take place in Birmingham, AL, March 10-11.
After an 8-2 loss to open his tournament at 165, Mary’s Paul Michaelson put together a strong run through the wrestlebacks to finish sixth. The Williston, North Dakota native was the last man standing for the Mary in what was overall a challenging weekend for the Marauders. Seeded fifth at 125, Payson, UT native Josh Jensen went 0-2 on the weekend. Jensen was unable to continue the dominance he showed for much of January and February. At 133, Tate Barnhardt advanced to day two, but was upended for the second time in two weeks by St. Could senior All American Mike Rhone. Rhone went on to finish third.
Minot State also had a frustrating two days of competition. RS Junior Cody Haugen was the lone Beaver to advance to the second day of competition. The Minot, ND, native ultimately fell to Southwest Minnesota’s Cortez Arredondo 4-1 int he last match of his season.