March 06, 2019 04:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) – Last weekend, numerous wrestlers from Southeastern Minnesota claimed Individual State Titles—that list included Dover-Eyota senior Michael Nelson, who was due for a win for a long time.
“(Michael is) a great person,” Dover-Eyota head wrestling coach Chad Nelson said. “He’s a National Honor Society student, he’s done everything the right way.”
Michael has some fantastic athletic bloodlines in his family—his younger sister, Malia, is only a freshman, but she started for the varsity basketball team this winter.
Michael’s older sister, Madison, helped lead Dover-Eyota to their first state championship win in girls’ basketball in 2015. Following that win, prior to her senior season, Madison earned a full-ride scholarship to play college basketball at the University of Denver.
His mother, Julie, was a Division I track and field runner at the University of Nebraska—that’s where Julie met Michael’s father, and head wrestling coach, Chad, who was a 167-pound wrestler for the Cornhuskers.
“He’s a totally different person and wrestler than I ever was,” Chad said, stating that Michael is a better wrestler than he ever was. “He’s much more relaxed, which makes things easier which is great.”
On Saturday, Michael’s bloodlines resulted in personal history.
“I don’t know if it’s completely hit me yet, but it feels good so far,” Michael said.
“I think he may have exceeded our expectations a little bit,” Chad added.
Over the weekend, Michael, who finished with a 45-3 record on the mats this winter, won the Minnesota Class A 195 pound individual state wrestling title—the first state title of his prep wrestling career.
“I was pretty sure I could do it. I was pretty aggressive, and it worked out well for me,” Michael said after pinning Minnewaska’s Tyler VanLuik in two minutes and 41 seconds in the championship. “Once I got the cradle locked up and I got my one leg to pry him up, I was pretty confident.”
“To achieve to get to this point, he’s put a lot of hours in working, working out, he’s done that,” Chad said. “He has paid the price.”
Michael’s high school athletic career is complete, but his wrestling days are far from over—Michael will be wrestling at Division I North Dakota State University next year, where he’ll likely wrestle at 197 pounds.
Created: March 06, 2019 04:40 PM
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