Former Pack national qualifier Niko Bogojevic earns opportunity with the WWE

Former Pack national qualifier Niko Bogojevic earns opportunity with the WWE


ORLANDO (April 12, 2016) - Former Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestler and two-time national qualifier Niko Bogojevic has earned an opportunity with the World Wrestling Entertainment.

WWE announced Tuesday that a new class of 10 recruits — including a former NFL player, an All-American collegiate wrestler, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and talent from independent wrestling circuits — have begun training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

"With support from our world-class coaching staff at the WWE Performance Center, these men and women will have the chance to hone their skills and fulfill their dream of becoming a WWE Superstar," said Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative in the release from the WWE. "Our state-of-the-art training facility gives our talent every opportunity to succeed and grow, and I'm pleased to welcome this new class to WWE."

Bogojevic (2012-15) earned his second appearance at the NCAA National Championships (also qualified in 2013) in 2015 for the ThunderWolves and finished with a record of 27-15, six falls and 32 takedowns.

Bogojevic's bio in the WWE release: A world-class grappler, Bogojevic was the National Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Junior Pan-American Games in 2011. He also won bronze at the Pan-American Games in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2014 and has extensive experience training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bogojevic joins former ThunderWolves football player Josh Bredl in the WWE NXT, a development branch of the WWE.

After winning WWE Tough Enough, Bredl (earned the ring name Bronson Mathews) is training in Orlando at the WWE Performance Center. He debuted in the ring March 19 at an NXT event in Tampa, Florida.

Both Bogojevic and Bredl appeared in episodes of the 10-episode show Breaking Ground, which aired only on WWE Network and revolves around NXT Superstars, former Tough Enough contestants and other hopefuls.


The ThunderWolves finished 12th at the NCAA Division II National Championships and raised the hand of three All-Americans.

The team ranking of 12th was the best since the program re-start in 2008 (previous best was fifth in 2001). The three All-Americans was also a program-best since 2008 (six in 2001).

The All-Americans included Jacob Mitchell (Jr., Portland, Ore.), who was fifth at heavyweight, Tarrence Williams (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at 174 (seventh) and JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) at 157 (eighth). Mitchell was the NCAA Super Region Four Champion, while Jones won at 157 at the RMAC Championships.


As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.