Sports / The Prairie Fire / February 27, 2013

Bora takes wrestling conference title

Wrestling thumbnailJunior Stephen Bora captured a conference title with a pair of victories in the heavyweight division at the Northern Wrestling Association Tournament in Watertown, Wis. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

With the title, Bora gave Knox its second consecutive heavyweight crown after James Wagner ‘12 claimed a conference championship last season.

“It felt really good to win this tournament,” Bora said. “One [of the things] I focused on this year was on my conditioning, to go for a full seven minutes, and the final went seven minutes. He was much bigger than me, so it was great to complete the whole time and not be the [most tired] one at the end.”

Bora defeated Lakeland College’s Andrew Wagner to win the title after pinning Wagner’s teammate Andy Crivellone in the semifinals.

Listed at 256 lbs. on the football roster this past fall, Bora is undersized in a weight class that typically features wrestlers around 285 lbs. To compensate, Bora has concentrated on his diet to emphasize strength building.

“The saying ‘your body is a temple’ is really true. It’s a lot of work and dedication,” Bora said. “I try to eat five meals a day. Having the muscle mass to compete with the bigger guys is really important. If [the weight] is mainly composed of muscle it is better than having 280 lbs. that doesn’t have much to it.”

Bora, who wrestled in high school but took the last two years off to concentrate on football, believes that the sports relate to each in hidden ways.

“[Wrestling and football] do not directly help each other for me, but in a more abstract way, they help keep me mentally sharp,” Bora said. “It’s important to have another season to push yourself to get better. Everyday is a grind, but not in a negative way. I look at what I can do every day to get better.”

Bora was not the only medalist for the Prairie Fire, as sophomore Greg Ventris finished second in the 174 lbs. weight class.

Bora and the rest of the wrestling team will next compete at the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Loras College this Saturday.

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Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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