FARGO — Obenson Blanc was elevated to associate head coach for the North Dakota State wrestling team for the upcoming season, Bison head coach Roger Kish announced Wednesday.

Blanc has spent the last two seasons with the Bison wrestling program, which has had two Big 12 Conference champions and qualified 10 wrestlers for the NCAA championships, while posting a 17-7 dual meet record during his time.

He arrived at NDSU in June 2019 from North Carolina State, where he spent five years as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack. Blanc was a four-time NCAA qualifier in college, and tallied a 118-41 record and 25 pins while wrestling at both Lock Haven and Oklahoma State.

He also made five consecutive U.S. national teams from 2009 to 2013. He was a three-time Pan-American finalist, two-time U.S. Open and U.S. World Team Trials champion in 2010 and 2013, and an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics.

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