|Josephson second in National Cadet title; named All-American|
Then he lost the national championship match to Mitch Sliga of Indiana, 7-2 and 2-0.
Josephson wrestled in the 189-pound bracket. His father Scott reported, "He has had a great tournament, was undefeated in three days of wrestling and will wrestled for the national championship."
His championship earned him All-American honors nationally.
"He has advanced further than any Minneota wrestler ever has in the national tournament and is the first Minneota wrestler to be named an All American. We are very excited for him!" said his father Scott.
Josephson won 6 matches during the event and received a pair of byes along the way as he worked his way tot he finals.
He had two pins and four decisions to earn the honors.
Here are Josephson's results:
Round 1: Pinned Dalton Halbig (Indiana), :31.
Round 2: Decisioned Evan Rosborough (Ohio), 7-0; 6-3.
Round 3: Pinney McZiggy Richards (New York), 1:30
Round 4: Dec. Kevin Marvel (Maryland), 6-0; 8-7.
Round 5: Bye
RR1: Dec. Ryan Cone (Wisconsin), 7-0; 5-3.
RR2: Dec. Brad Johnson (Illinois), 1-0; 0-5; 5-1.
RR4: Decisioned by Mitch Sliga (Indiana), 7-2, 2-0.
MINNEOTA'S other two wrestlers, Christian Skillings and Beau Buysse competed in the Junior Freestyle Nationals.
Skillings won his first match, then lost, won one three straight and then lost in the 6th round.
Buysse lost his opening match; won twice, then lost in the fourth round. Both wrestled in the 130-pound class.
Here's Christian Skillings matches:
Round 1: dec. Zachary Dawson (Ohio), 6-3; 7-0.
Round 2: Decisioned by Josh Durham (Oklahoma), 3-2, 3-1.
Round 3: Tech Fall over Kamron Day (Utah), 8-0; 7-0.
Round 4: Decisioned Josh Morin (Montana) 4-3; 7-1.
Round 5: bye
Round 6: Decisioned by Joey Gosinski (Illinois), 3-1; 6-0.
Round 1: Tech Fall by Tyler Liberatorer (Florida), 7-0; 6-0.
Round 2: Pinned Anthony Montanaro (New York) :27.
Round 3: Tech Fall over Karahn Washington (South Carolina), 6-0, 7-0).
Round 4: Decisioned by Zack Tanenbaum (Kansas), 4-1, 5-0.