This past weekend we had the opportunity to watch some amazing youth wrestling, this is why we have chosen Nolan Gandert as our WSWA youth Athlete of the Month.
Nolan was dominant in his first three matches at Bigfoot this weekend winning 12-1, 12-1 and 17-1. This set up a semi-finals match against The Oregon State Champ Gavin Rangel who has beat Nolan the previous two times they have met. In a match for the ages with 4 lead changes in the final 30 seconds of the match, Nolan secured the final reversal to win 7-6 right as time expired. In the finals he met the Montana State Champ Ryder Crawford and again it was a match for the ages. Nolan found himself down 0-1 with 10 seconds left in the third period when he secured the reversal to win the championship 2-1.
Nolan is a very dedicated year round wrestler with a great attitude and a passionate desire to win. He gets gets good grades and is respectful to all his teachers and coaches. Nolan loves to read, play football and hang out with his wrestling buddies. He is best known for his big smile and a great attitude. A fan favorite for sure!
Nolan has some impressive accomplishments and has his eye set on winning his 2 Triple Crown this year.
-2016 ASICS USA Wrestling Nationals Freestyle Runner up
-2016 ASICS USA Wrestling Nationals Greco Roman Runner up
-2016 USA Wrestling Double All-American
-2016 Western Regional Greco Champion
-3X Western Regional placer
-3X Reno Worlds Placer
-2X TOA- Bigfoot Battle Champion
-2016 WSWA Triple Crown Winner
-2X WSWA Folkstyle State Champion
-3X WSWA Freestyle State Champion
-2X WSWA Greco-Roman State Champion
-2016-17 WSWA Runner up (All 3 styles)
-2016 Pierce County Junior Wrestling Champion
-2015 RMN- Terminator Worlds Champion
2017-18 Season Goals:
1. Win 10 come from behind matches this season.
2. Lose 5 or less matches this season including National competitions.
3. Win 2017-18 WSWA Triple Crown
4. Place in all three styles at Western State Championships in Pocatello.