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Bouressa competes at NHSCA national tournament

Echo Press file photo Alexandria senior Tom Bouressa finished in the top 16 in the nation at heavyweight during the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) High School Senior National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia recently. Bouressa was invited to attend the tournament based on recommendations and his record as a senior.

Alexandria senior Tom Bouressa won three of his five matches during the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) High School Senior Nationals Wrestling Championships held in Virginia Beach, VA April 1-5.

First up for Boressa was Jared Torrence of Ohio, with Bouressa picking up a close 4-3 decision. He then faced Andrew Lajara of New Jersey, winning in another close match 3-1.

Bouressa came up against Justin Britt of Missouri, falling in a one-point 7-6 decision.

In the wrestlebacks, Bouressa faced Christian Grimmet of Florida, winning 7-0 before falling to John Camp of Washington 3-0 to end his tournament action.

"Tom wrestled well in each match," said Cardinal head coach Tom Ellison. "His second round match against the New Jersey wrestler had special significance, because the wrestler was from Blair Academy, a nationally recognized prep school that attracts some of the best wrestlers in the nation to attend and wrestle there.

"Tom's third match loss was to a wrestler who went on to become an All-American by placing sixth in the nation.

"The caliber of wrestling in Virginia was amazing," he added. "Many matches were contested right down to the final few seconds of the match.

"Tom felt good about his performance during the tournament. In this time of tournament, you always feel happy with the results you get, but always wish for more.

"I think that is what Tom was feeling when he lost his last match to be knocked out of the tournament," said the Cardinal coach. "Tom had 66 wrestlers in his heavyweight bracket and remained in the tournament until there were just 16 wrestlers remaining."

To be an All-American, a wrestler needed to place in the top eight.

To be eligible for the NHSCA Seniors tournament, a wrestler must have been a state champion or runner-up at some point in his high school career, with the exception of states that have just one division that will be allowed the top four place finishers, and California, which qualifies the top eight in their state.

If not a state place winner, a wrestler must have placed in the top four in the NHSCA National Open high school division at some point in his career. If not, the state director for NHSCA must petition to have the wrestler entered.

Bouressa, having been the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Class AAA all season, received an invitation as a wild card after being selected by the Minnesota Coaches Association Nationals Committee.