NMU-OTS’ Nutter earns gold at junior wrestling meet

MARQUETTE — Greco-Roman wrestler Alston Nutter of the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site won a gold medal Thursday at the United World Wrestling Junior Championships in Las Vegas.

The victory also earns him an automatic berth to the finals of the Junior Greco World Team Trials set for June 8 in Indianapolis.

Nutter, from Fennimore, Wisconsin, dominated the 63-kilogram (138.9-pound) claass, winning every match by technical fall and outscoring his opponents 33-0.

He faced NMU-OTS teammate Mason Hartshorn of Antioch, California, in the gold-medal final, winning 8-0. Hartshorn had also outscored his opposition 33-7 leading up to that match.

“Alston had a great tournament to build off of for the World Team Trials,” NMU-OTS coach Rob Hermann said. “His confidence level will be high going into the trials in June.”

NMU earned a gold, three silvers and a bronze medal as 11 of its athletes finished in the top seven, qualifying them to compete at the Junior World Team trials.

Benji Peak of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, earned silver at 60 kg (132.3 lbs.) after opening with three straight first-period technical falls. He also started the finals well, taking a 4-1 lead on Malik Johnson before losing 11-9.

Northern’s other silver medal came from Anthony Riopelle of Pittsburgh at 97 kg (213.8 lbs.), a weight class run in a round-robin format.

The NMU-OTS bronze was earned by Riley Briggs of Brentwood, California at 67 kg (147.7 lbs.) after he won the third-place match over Duncan Nelson 9-0.

Other Junior World Team qualifiers from NMU include Britton Holmes, who placed fifth at 67 kg; Calvin Germinaro, fourth at 72 kg (158.7 lbs.); Josh Anderson, fifth at 77 kg (169.8 lbs.); Spencer Woods, fifth at 82 kg (180.8 lbs.); Keaton Fanning, fifth at 87 kg (191.8 lbs.); and George Sikes, seventh at 87 kg.

For more information on the NMU-OTS program, visit the website www.nmu.edu/ots.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.