Boys Athlete of the Week: Grant Nehring, Apollo

Boys Athlete of the Week: Grant Nehring, Apollo

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Boys Athlete of the Week: Grant Nehring, Apollo

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* Year in school/sport: He’s a senior at St. Cloud Christian School, which is in a co-operative agreement with St. Cloud Apollo in wrestling.

* Highlights: Nehring, who is 23-1 and ranked No. 1 in the state at 145, took first place Saturday at the 43rd Annual Big Ole Invitational in Alexandria. In the process, he won his 150th career match. His career record is 150-45.

* What has competing in athletics taught you? “It’s taught me that if you want something you’ve got to work for it. There is no having things just come to you … You get what you put into it.”

* What’s your most memorable high school moment? “Honestly, I don’t think it was my state championship (in 2012). I think it was my freshman year, when I won true second. It was an awakening to me that I was able to win big matches like that … Plus, it made my dad quit smoking.”

* What’s your pre-match routine? “Every match, I always convince myself that the person I’m wrestling is tough so that I make sure I don’t go out there not wrestling my best and I don’t get caught up in something I shouldn’t be. After that, it’s usually one-and-a-half hours of constant praying and getting nervous and making sure I’m not the only one making things happen out there … Every match, I go to the edge of the mat, tape on my ankle band and point up to God. It’s a nice reminder for me that he’s there. Then I always point to him afterwards every time.”

* What’s your most embarrassing high school moment? “I’d have to say it was this year against Rocori. The guy I was wrestling got me in a fireman’s (carry) and brought me down. It was scary and I got a lot teasing from my teammates about it.”

* Favorite food: Mashed potatoes.

* Favorite movie: Zoolander.

* Favorite TV show: Top Gear.

* Favorite Web site/video game: Facebook. Call of Duty on PlayStation 3.

* What are your post-high-school plans? He has accepted a wrestling scholarship from North Dakota State and plans on an engineering major.

* What’s next? Apollo wrestles tonight at Alexandria, then is host to triangular on Thursday against Little Falls and Sartell, two Section 8-3A favorites.

— Tom Elliott

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