South Border’s Bosch breaks ND all-time wins recordFARGO — Blake Bosch was directed to head back to the center of the mat for recognition Thursday at the Fargodome.
By: Eric Peterson, Forum News Service
FARGO — Blake Bosch was directed to head back to the center of the mat for recognition Thursday at the Fargodome.
The South Border senior made history moments earlier at the 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.
“It’s amazing to be in a category like that with big names like that,” Bosch said. “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. 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 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.”