Eric Peterson, Published February 14 2013
South Border's Blake Bosch breaks North Dakota wrestling individual wins record
FARGO – Blake Bosch was directed to head back to the center of the mat for recognition Thursday afternoon at the Fargodome.
The South Border senior made history moments earlier at the North Dakota state tournament, earning a pin in his team’s dual victory against Beulah-Hazen in the Class B quarterfinals.
That win gave Bosch 235 for his career, setting a new state record.
“I got kind of emotional,” said Bosch, who waved at the cheering crowd after he went back to the center of the mat. “It’s a big goal I had coming into this year and I made it. It’s really emotional.”
Bosch surpassed former Minot Ryan standout Levi Haugen, a five-time state champion who had 234 wins from 1999-2005.
Bosch finished the day with 236 wins after earning a pin in the individual quarterfinals during the evening session.
“It’s amazing to be in a category like that with big names like that,” said Bosch, who had three wins Thursday, including two in the individual tournament. “It’s been a fun career. It’s crazy to think I have wrestled that many matches. … I want to thank everybody that helped me.”
Bosch pinned Beulah-Hazen seventh-grader Thomas Leintz at 29 seconds of their 126-pound match of the dual quarterfinals. Leintz took the loss in stride, posing for a picture with Bosch after the dual was completed to document the feat.
“He’s really good,” Leintz said with a smile. “I was just happy for him that he got the record. It’s a great for him.”
Bosh is a two-time individual state champion and has lost just one match in the past three seasons.
“It’s an honor coach him,” said South Border co-head coach Josh Hoffman. “I’m going to be proud to be able to say I coached Blake Bosch. … He’s a high energy kid and he has a great attitude. It’s a combination of everything.”
South Border co-head coach Dwight Schilling added that it was clear that Bosch was a special wrestler since seventh grade.
“I just like his mental drive,” Schilling said. “The kid has a drive that is unbelievable.”
Schilling also likes the unselfishness Bosch showed this season by remaining at 126 pounds.
“He cut down to (126) to make room for another kid and he didn’t have to do that,” Schilling said. “That just shows you what kind of kid he is. He’s awesome.”
Lisbon’s Urbach hits century mark in pins
Lisbon junior Dylan Urbach reached a milestone in the individual first round at 145 pounds, scoring a fall against Larimore senior Nathan Horter at 28 seconds.
That was career pin No. 100 for Urbach, who later moved into the state semifinals with a technical fall victory in the quarterfinals. Urbach is second in Lisbon history in pins behind Michael Nord, who finished his career with 140.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” Urbach said of his pin total. “I never thought I could get to be this good, but always dreamt about it. … I just like to get the match over with so I can get done.”
Urbach has been a state runner-up the past two state tournaments. Lisbon head coach Joe Kern thinks Urbach, who is the top seed, is poised to make that championship step.
“He’s very driven,” Kern said. “He knows he’s going to have to work for it. He realizes what it’s going to take to get that next step up on the podium.”
Loepp looking for Oakes’ first three-peat
Oakes sophomore Erik Loepp cruised into the individual semifinals at 113 pounds, scoring first-period falls in both his matches.
“I just have to keep wrestling like that,” said Loepp, who is a two-time state champion. “I have to wrestle like I can and not get too nervous.”
Loepp is looking to become the first Oakes wrestler to win three individual state crowns. The program has produced numerous two-time state champions.
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