Wabash's Cressell to wrestle at D-1 North Dakota State U

Noah Cressell signs a letter of intent to wrestle at North Dakota State University. Looking on are (front, from left) his parents Elisa Cressell, Matthew Cressell, (back, from left) Athletic Director Matt Stone, coach Jake O'Neill, assistant coach Chad Ulmer and WHS principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash's Noah Cressell signed a letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 8, to wrestle for North Dakota State University.

Located in Fargo, N.D., North Dakota State has an NCAA Division 1 wrestling program and participates in the Big 12.

“In Indiana, it’s all about basketball,” Cressell told The Paper of Wabash County when discussing why he chose to attend North Dakota State. “In North Dakota it’s about football and wrestling.”

He plans on majoring in accounting with the goal of one day becoming a financial manager.

Cressell wrestles in the 184-pound weight class, currently.

“I might change; I might not,” he said.

Entering his senior year, Cressell has a record of 81-23, and has been a champion at Sectional and Regional tourneys, and is a two-time Semi-state qualifier.

In addition, he is a four-time Indiana State Wrestling Association team member, and won the ISWA Greco Roman State Championship. He also was runner-up in the ISWA Freestyle State Championship.

Wabash coach Jake O’Neill praised Cressell for his work both on and off the mats.

The Cressell family moved to Wabash from North Carolina five years ago, the coach noted.

“I was trying to get him to play football,” O’Neill said. “His response to me was, ‘All I want to do is wrestling.’

“From that time on, he started with the high school kids, and I couldn’t get him off the mat since then. He’s meant an awful lot and has helped us build the program. His personality, character and leadership makes everybody love him, especially the younger wrestlers.

“It’s not just his wins on the mat that helped us build this program. It’s been his personality, character and leadership.”

Posted on 2017 Nov 14