Bosch pins Tomac for state championship
FARGO -- Hettinger-Scranton-Richardton-Taylor-Hebron's Codi Tomac's hot hand dealing out upsets came to an end against No. 1 seed Blake Bosch of South Border.
Tomac wasn't shy about saying it was intimidating wrestling against the all-time wins record holder with 240 in North Dakota.
"I just had to keep on believing that I had the heart to win," Tomac said.
The South Border senior made quick work of Tomac at 126 pounds, winning by pin in 37 seconds during their championship match Class B state tournament on Saturday at the Fargodome.
"Codi wrestled a helluva weekend and got himself into the state finals," Hettinger-Scranton-RTH head coach Randy Burwick said. "I couldn't be more proud of him. It was a quick match, but it doesn't take away how Codi performed this weekend. He performed extremely well."
Though Bosch holds the record for wins in North Dakota and was named Class B wrestler of the year, he said the thought of losing a state title when he was a sophomore was in the back of his mind. He didn't want to recreate that experience against Tomac.
"It always sticks in the back of my mind, but can't always think about it," Bosch said. "That's a mistake I've made before. I went out there not to lose, this time I went out to win.
"I knew Tomac was hot and I just wanted to stay on track."
The Night Hawks also had Rodney Vanhoff (152) finish fourth, Christian Hughes (145) in sixth, Colby Steeke (182) take seventh and Lucas Orminston (113) end up eighth.
"I wanted to be first, but I have three more years to do that," said Steeke, a freshman. "We are lucky to place at the state tournament. I was fortunate enough to place and stand on the podium."
For Bowman County, Jacob Hildebrant (220) placed fifth after a pin in 23 seconds over South Border's Chozey Schumacher. Hildebrant, who's from Beach, was accompanied on the podium by teammate Eric Bucholz (seventh at 138) and Troy Steele (eighth at 145), who is also from Beach.
"It's been awhile since anyone from Beach placed at the state tournament, I think the last person was Brad Steele (a senior at Dickinson State)," Hildebrandt said.
Killdeer's lone state placer was David Dukart (195) in seventh. The junior defeated Standing Rock's Gauge Harrison by an 11-0 major decision. He said wrestling against the group of eight seniors last year prepared him for this season.
"I wrestled the state runner-up and a guy who should have been a state champion last year," David Dukart said. "I wrestled them all year, got beat up by them all year, so now I can just beat up on people now."