CLEVELAND, Ohio - Boise State wrestler Toby Erickson left his mark on the 2011 FILA Junior Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, last weekend (April 7-10), as he captured the 120 kg (264.5 pounds) Greco-Roman title while also placing second in freestyle competition.
Erickson wrestled to the Greco-Roman championship on Thursday (April 7) with a two round sweep of Parker Betts in the best-of-three finals. Erickson won the first round 6-0 and the second round 2-1 to clinch the title.
On Sunday (April 10) he would fall just short of taking home his second championship of the weekend as he lost to Bobby Telford in the finals of the freestyle competition to finish second. Telford managed a 1-0 win in the first round and a 2-0 win in the second round to clinch the title.
Erickson, a redshirt freshman from East Helena, Mont. (Helena HS), saw limited action at Boise State this past season but did start three duals at heavyweight for the Broncos. He went 1-2 in dual competition and 4-3 overall. Erickson recorded one win by fall.
Erickson was joined at the FILA Junior Nationals by teammate Steven Hernandez, who wrestled to a fifth-place finish in the 70 kg (154 pounds) freestyle tournament. Hernandez, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS), redshirt this season for Boise State.
Boise State Coaches Place High at U.S. Open
A pair of Bronco assistant coaches enjoyed outstanding weekends at the U.S. Open in Cleveland, Ohio, last Friday-Saturday (April 8-9), as Dan Erekson and Kirk White each wrestled to top three finishes in freestyle competition for their respective weight class.
Erekson, a first-year volunteer assistant at Boise State, wrestled to a second-place finish at 96 kg (211.5 pounds) after falling in the championship match to Jake Varner. Varner won the best-of-three finals in two rounds, beating Erekson 7-0, 5-0 for the title. Erekson joined the Broncos this past fall after an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Iowa where he was a two-time NCAA All-American.
White, a former Boise State standout who captured the first NCAA Wrestling National Championship in school history, fell just short of reaching the finals at the U.S. Open as he placed third in the 74 kg (163 pounds) tournament. White suffered his only loss of the weekend to eventual champion, Jordan Burroughs, 4-2, 3-2.