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Fennimore native signs wrestling scholarship with Northern Michigan University
Fennimore native Alston Nutter (second from the right) signs a wrestling scholarship to enroll at Northern Michigan University as a part of the Olympic Development program two weeks ago at a ceremony at Combat Wrestling Center in Blue River. Also pictured are (from left) U.S. Olympic Greco head coach Matt Lindland, Elkhorn's Benji Peak, who also earned a scholarship, Nutter and NMU assistant coach Andy Bisek.

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Alston Nutter, Northern Michigan University wrestling

     Fennimore native Alston Nutter signed a scholarship with Northern Michigan University on Saturday, March 24 at a ceremony held at Combat Wrestling Center in Blue River after training for the past two years at the Olympic training site in Marquette Michigan. 

     Nutter left Fennimore High School after his sophomore year to participate in the NMU developmental wrestling program under coach Rob Hermann to pursue his dream of wrestling in the Olympics. Nutter attended Marquette High School for his junior year while training at NMW before returning to Fennimore as an online student for the for the first semester of the 2017–18 school year. He graduated at the end of last semester with a 3.7 GPA and is now eligible to enroll as a full-time college student.

     Nutter won a WIAA Division 3 individual state championship as a freshman in 2015 and finished as an individual state runner-up as a sophomore in 2016. He also led the Golden Eagles to the D3 team state championship in 2016, the first in school history. Nutter finished his high school career with 96 wins, despite sitting out eight matches that allowed teammates to gain varsity experience.

     Nutter has earned one gold, five silver and one bronze medal in international competitions over the past four years. 

     Nutter will return to Fennimore this spring to walk with his classmates at FHS’ 2018 graduation.



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