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Alston Nutter, Northern Michigan (formerly Fenimore) wrestling
Former Fennimore state champion wrestler Alston Nutter is still dominating the competition. Late last month the Northern Michigan University wrestler, who left Fennimore after his sophomore year to pursue an Olympic dream, is this week’s Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
Nutter finished second at 138 pounds in the Greco Junior division of the US Marine Corps Cadet and Junior Greco/Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, N.D., July 14–22. Nutter breezed through the first five rounds of the 138-pound Junior division last month with victories of 12–0, 10–0, 12–2, 18–8 and 10–0 to reach the semifinals. He then blanked Oregon’s Aristotle Rockwell 8–0, before suffering an 11–9 loss to Washington’s Mason Phillips in the 138-pound championship match.
“Alston had a nice tournament,” said Fennimore head coach Chad Steldt. “He looked great at 138 pounds and had a great tournament with some crowd appealing throws.”
Nutter finished his Fennimore career with a career high school record 98–7, an individual state championship and state-runner finish up, while helping the Golden Eagles win the WIAA Division 3 2016 Team State Championship.
Nutter is about to begin his second year at Northern Michigan in the full-tim Greco Olympic training program.
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Bailee Bussan, Sr., Southwestern/Cuba City/Southwestern golf
Bussan shot a 7-over-par 42 to win medalist honors by nine strokes to lead the tri-op to a team victory at last Friday’s Darlington quadrangular. Busman again captured medalist honors with a 2-over-par 40 Tuesday afternoon at the Lancaster triangular.
Aiden Nutter, 120, Fennimore wrestling
Nutter, the younger brother of this week’s Athlete of the Week, went 6–2 and placed fifth at 120 pounds in the Cadet division at the US Marine Corps Greco/Freestyle National Championships in late July. Nutter opened the Fargo Nationals with easy victories of 8–1 and 14–4, but survived an overtime match with Illinois’ Reese Durlacher to advance. He then defeated Oklahoma’s Ryder Ramsey 7–3 before upsetting Minnesota’s Regan Schrempp 14–10 in the quarterfinals. Schrempp was a Minnesota state runner-up last winter. Fennimore head coach Chad Steldt called the victory over Schrempp, the biggest of Nutter’s young career.
Nutter then suffered a 12–2 loss to eventual 120-pound champion Phillip Momey of Nebraska, and fell to fourth-place finisher Brayden Roberts of West Virginia, before closing out the tournament with a 3–1 victory over Washington’s Austin Almaguer in the fifth-place match.
Jordan Williams, OF, Fennimore American Legion 184 baseball
The recent Fennimore graduate played in Sunday’s American Legion State All-Star Game at Miller Park on Sunday following the Brewers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. Williams played center fielder for the Coulee Region All-Stars and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a three-run triple in the fourth inning of a 7–4 loss.