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Dec 18

For Busse, 100th Win is Great, But State Championship Remains Priority

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa — “The moment I knew I got the pin, I was shocked.”

For him perhaps, but for the on-lookers, parents, coaches and fans, seeing Joey Busse earn his 100th win over Gabriel Rivera last week Thursday, it was probably no surprise.

“I just thought of all the extra work I’ve done over the year” Busse explained in an interview with KHBT. “It finally paid off, it was a huge accomplishment and one of the best feelings I’ve had.

Busse has turned himself into one of the state’s finest young wrestlers, and as a junior, has his sights set high aiming for a state title and more.

I have two big goals, I want to break the school record of 158 wins in a career, and I want to be a state champion” Busse explained.

Getting to that 100 win mark was a huge stepping stone to accomplish those goals” he said.

Busse has been a state qualifier each of the last two seasons, as a freshman at 132, and a sophomore at 138.

He is now currently ranked at #9 in the 145 pound weight class in 2A.

I owe getting this far to the great coaches I have been surrounded by, in season and out of season” Busse gleaned.

My coaches and my parents have taught me to push myself which is so important in this sport. Also, having teammates around me who look to push me everyday has been a huge help.

The junior is off to an elite start in 2017-18 as his sights hone in on a state title. He already has defeated one of the state’s top wrestlers, Kolton Roth of Graettinger-Terril, in Ogden by decision, 9-3.

Roth was a 4th place finisher in 132 in 1A last year at State, and according to trackwrestling.com has only lost a handful of times.

One thing is certain, Busse never thinks he’s over-matched or undersized. He takes the mat with confidence oozing out of him and with a bulldog attitude like that, anything can happen.

His checklist now has gone down from three to two — and those other two are well within his grasp.

It’s one of the best feelings to know all the people who have gotten to 100 wins. I have been surrounded by this sport my whole life and I’ve watched some of the best wrestlers in Humboldt get to 100 wins and finally getting that feels amazing” he stated.

Now, he wants his game and confidence to take him to the next level.

(Photo via: Facebook/Chelle Busse)