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Former BR Wrestler Go to National Championship
Former BR Wrestler Go to National Championship
Daniel Bland Moves On to DII National Championship

Daniel Bland advances to Division II National Championships


By Lizi Arbogast

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Published 12:38 pm Friday, March 9, 2018

Benjamin Russell graduate Daniel Bland is about to be on the national stage, as he’ll compete in the Division II Wrestling National Championships for Limestone College beginning today.

Since graduating from BRHS in 2016, Bland has been competing in the 285-pound weight class for the Saints, and after just missing out on a spot in the national championships as a freshman, Bland checked off one of the goals on his list this season.

“I feel like my confidence level is better this year,” Bland said. “I feel like my skills have always been good, but I’ve sharpened them over the year and I’ve matured a little bit toward the competition.”

Bland has racked up a 20-14 record this season, and placed fourth in his regional to earn a spot at the championships, which take place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“On the mat, it’s just about focusing on my next move and not getting tired easily,” Bland said. “Really listening to my coaches has been a big key for me.”

Over the course of two seasons, Bland has realized the level of competition is a lot higher in college than it was at high school. But he’s used to it now and is ready to take on the best in the country.

In his first match today, Bland will face Mitchell Eull, of Minot State. If he wins, he’ll take on either the winner of Caleb Cotter, of Central Oklahoma, and Terrance Fanning, of Wheeling Jesuit. If he loses, he’ll be bumped down to the consolation brackets.

But even if that happens, Bland knows anything is possible if he keeps his mind right.

“I’m looking forward to honestly shocking the world because I came off a loss at regionals,” Bland said. “I lost my first match and ended up beating that guy in the tournament to go nationals. I honestly felt like I should’ve gotten there my freshman year. I have the same talent and same mindset, I just need to get a feel for it.”

Bland said his ultimate goal is to win a national championship, but he’d settle for All-American status, which is awarded to the top eight wrestlers in each weight class.

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