MSUM to Host 11th Annual Dragon Open on Sunday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team hosts the 11th annual Dragon Open at 9 a.m. on Sunday at Nemzek Fieldhouse on the MSUM campus.

As many as 18 teams, including Division I schools South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Minnesota, are expected to be represented at the meet, which attracted 250 wrestlers a year ago.

Two Dragons, sophomores Blake Bosch and Garret Hoffner, will aim for titles after finishing second in their weight classes a year ago at the Dragon Open. Sophomore Isaac Novacek was third at 141 a year ago as well.

Bosch leads the Dragons with an 8-4 mark at 133 pounds while sophomore Nader Abdullatif is 6-4 at 285 pounds. Senior Michael Joseph is 5-3 this season for the Dragons.

Head Coach Kris Nelson is in his sixth season as the Dragon head coach.

Last Time Out: Bosch and Abdullatif Lead Dragons at Finn Grinaker Open
Third-place finishes from sophomores Blake Bosch and Nader Abdullatif led the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team at the Finn Grinaker Cobber Open hosted by Concordia College on Saturday in Moorhead, Minn.

MSUM also got fourth-place finishes from sophomore Isaac Novacek at 149 pounds and senior Philippe Walker at 141.

Bosch won his first match at 133 pounds by disqualification and then pinned Jason Huger of Minot State in 2:37. Bosch lost in the semifinals to St. Cloud State’s Jarred Oftedahl by fall in 5:46. The Wishek, N.D., native came back with a pair of strong wins to take third. Bosch beat Tanner Johnshoy of St. Cloud State, 7-0 and added a 7-0 win over North Dakota State’s Hunter Weber in the third-place match.

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Abdullatif continued his strong start to the season at 285 pounds. He opened with a bye and then pinned Jonah Westbury of Mary in 3:42. Abdullatif then fell to Justice Davis of Concordia, 3-1, but also worked his way through the consolation bracket to get third. He topped Luke Belich of St. Cloud State, 6-2 and then rolled to a 9-3 win over Minot State’s Mitchell Eull in the third-place match.

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