By: Bradley Cole
Going into one of the biggest wrestling tournaments of his life, Josh Blatt had one goal throughout the week: win titles, not medals.
It’s safe to say the North Henderson sophomore accomplished his goal.
Blatt won a National Championship in the 113-pound weight class at the NHSCA wrestling championships. He won his title in the sophomore division. The event features the best wrestlers from across the country.
After defeating his semi-final opponent by a decision of 7-4 on Saturday, Blatt beat his finals opponent in a 10-6 decision to capture the championship in an early match on Sunday. He picked up three points in the first period, four in the second, and three more in the final period to seal the deal.
The already two-time state champion used his second-place finish in last year’s tournament as fuel for this year.
“I got second last year, and it was more fuel [for this year],”Blatt said. “I felt good, my technique was clicking, and everything from last year definitely helped me be where I am today.”
Blatt says he looks to keep on improving and achieve his goals of becoming a Division 1 wrestler.
Other Knights perform well:
In the same tournament, Will Baldwin participated in the 138-weight class in the senior division. Baldwin lost a tough match in the Round of 64 to a two-time California state champ.
The Division 1 bound wrestler reflected on his time as a high school wrestler.
“Looking back, I’ve been so lucky with the coaching influences I’ve received from Coach Uy, Coach Nock, and Coach Osteen (Strong and Courageous wrestling club) on and off the mat,” Baldwin said. “It’s just super humbling still to be able to go to Nationals and see all the progress I’ve yet to make.”
North’s Paul Searcy went 3-2 in the tournament. The junior was two matches away from being an All-American.