Fennimore native Alston Nutter had to wait more than a year to chase his Olympic dreams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He will only have to wait another week.
Nutter, who is currently at junior at the Northern Michigan University–Olympic Training Site, will compete at the USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, April 2–3.
Nutter is one of 11 Greco–Roman USA Olympic trials qualifiers at 60 kg (133 pounds). He will open the tournament against Peyton Omania, a NCAA national qualifier and a World Bronze medalist in the opening round. With a win, Nutter would advance to face #1-seed Ellis Coleman, who was on the USA Olympic team the past two Olympics in 2012 and 2016.
Nutter, who spent a good chunk of COVID lockdown living in his parents’ house in Fennimore and training in the basement, won a bronze medal in Greco–Roman wrestling at 63 kg (139 pounds) at the 2019 Junior World Championships to earn his spot in the USA Team Trials.
NBC Olympics will present exclusive live coverage of every match of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials across NBCSN, Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. central on Saturday, April 3, NBCSN will present exclusive live coverage of the championship series, where 18 champions will be crowned across all weight classes in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle, and Greco–Roman disciplines.
NBCSN’s live coverage begins with the challenge tournament finals on Friday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream all television coverage and provide exclusive coverage of select matches on Saturday evening.
Peacock will present more than 40 hours of live exclusive Trials coverage, getting underway with challenge tournament finals on Friday, April 2, at 10 a.m. and continuing at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, 12 hours of exclusive challenge tournament finals coverage will begin at noon.
Fifteen of the 18 winners of the Trials events will guarantee themselves the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The other three winners (men’s freestyle 65kg, Greco–Roman 77 kg and 130 kg) will have a chance to qualify their respective weights for the Olympic Games by placing top-two at the World Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6-9.
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.
Nutter is the son of Jamie and Stacey Nutter of Fennimore.