WATERTOWN – There’s only one way to describe Watertown-Mayer’s Nick Nolan. He’s a beast.
Nolan showcased that all season long for the Watertown-Mayer wrestling team, finishing with a record of 28-3, and a fourth-place finish at the Class AA state tournament at 195.
All of Nolan’s accomplishments this season, as well as his ability to wrestle at different weight classes for the good of his team, makes him the Herald Journal Wrestler of the Year.
“Nick Nolan was our stopper,” Watertown-Mayer coach Kurt Becker said. “We could use him at 195, 220, or heavy-weight to usually beat the other team’s best guy. His only losses this year were the top three wrestlers in the state. He had three individual tourney championships this year.”
Nolan was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player for his impressive season. He was also an All-Conference selection for the Wright County Conference as he helped the Royals win the conference title.
At the Class AA state tournament, Nolan took down some of the state’s best wrestlers along the way, to earn a fourth-place finish.
After dominating his first match, Nolan knocked off Kasson-Mantorville’s Jim Paulson in the quarterfinals. Paulson is one of the top wrestlers in the state, and won a team state title the day before with the Ko-Mets.
After knocking off Paulson in the quarterfinals, Nolan kept things rolling as he finished up his senior year with a fourth-place finish at the Class AA state wrestling tournament.
No matter what weight class Nolan happened to be wrestling at, his coaches and teammates could count on him for a win. He capped off his stellar career with a 28-3 record, and a state medal and conference title go along with it.