Reigning North Dakota state wrestling champion Josh Krump signed his National Letter of Intent Thursday, March 4. He will be wrestling for Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Last month, Krump finished his high school wrestling career, topping off his senior year with an 11-0 record. He's excited for the next chapter of his life as he will be the first person from his family to go to college.
"It's a big accomplishment," Krump said. "I'm excited to be granted an opportunity to go to Ellsworth."
Krump loved the smalltown aspect of where Ellsworth is. He described it just like being Wahpeton. He was also attracted to the criminal justice program.
"It's awesome to come from small town North Dakota to be able to just have that opportunity," Krump said.
Head Coach Ryan Brandt is proud of Krump, who is the first state wrestling champion in 10 years.
"It's very rewarding," Brandt said. "When I first got here, Josh was a kid that wasn't about college, didn't want to go to college, or anything like that. Within the last year, he kinda started asking about college, asking some questions about what he needed to do to apply for college, and I helped him out with it."
Brandt said it's rewarding to see him make the next step in his wrestling career and potentially getting a degree.
"They're getting a top tier kid out of North Dakota," Brandt said. "He's a lunch pail kid, he's going to be one of the first kids to show up for practice, one of the last ones to leave. He's going to put in all of the work he needs to be successful."
Brandt is excited to see what Krump can do at the next level and cheer him on once he gets down there.