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.