Former Sheldon Orab State wrestling Champion Josh Ihnen fell one win short of All-American Status at the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Tournament Friday night. He dropped a 5-2 decision to number six seed Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa. Ihnen entered the tournament as the number eight seed after earning All-America Status last year.
Josh wraps up his senior season at Nebraska with a 27-8 record and a career mark of 100 wins and 41 losses as a Corn Husker.
Looking back at his run through the National Tournament Ihnen opened with a 6-0 decision over North Dakota State’s MacKain Stoll in the first round on Thursday.
In the second round Thursday night Josh dropped a 3-1 decision to Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh.
On day two Friday morning Ihnen won a 7-5 decision over Stephen Doty of Virginia in the second round of the wrestlebacks. Up next for Josh was a matchup with Tony Dallago of Illinois in the third round of the wrestlebacks. In that match Ihnen earned his 100th career win with a 9-6 decision.
In the evening session Friday Ihnen fell to Loder of UNI and was knocked out of further competition.
This years National Tournament was held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.