Nathan resting up prior to the 2003 Kansas State Freestyle and
Greco Roman Wrestling Championships in Baldwin Kansas.
Nathan pinning an opponent in the first period of the Greco
section of the 2003 Kansas State Tournament.
Sometimes you wrestle friends and great kids. This is Nathan
wrestling Clayton Birkle from the Team of Hard Knox at the 2003
Freestyle / Greco Kansas State Championships.
Nathan starts off with the Freestyle segment portion of the 2003
Kansas Freestyle / Greco Roman portion. Nathan won the 2003
Folkstyle State Championship, Freestyle Championship and the Greco
Nathan's first match ended in a pin 17 seconds into the match.
One of his Freestyle / Greco coaches Steve Herman calls the pin.
Steve is known for his officiating and involvement with USA
Wrestling around the United States.
Some nice Black and White Photographs taken by the Winfield
Courier Newspaper in Winfield Kansas at the 2003 District
Championships where Nathan took 1st place in Folkstyle.
Nathan after a hard work out of practice with the Derby
Nathan at the 2003 Folkstyle Nationals. Nathan is wearing
the camouflage singlet.
Nathan is now in the multi colored singlet at the 2003 USA
Hard work results in a lifted hand. You can barely see him
here but this is another good friend, Chaz Lawrence from the
Paola, Kansas Wrestling Club. Mark Slyter is a great guy
and Chaz's coach.
Nathan and the other first placers from the Derby Wrestling
Club. Nathan took first at the United States Junior Open
Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is pictured
here with Cody Shavlik, Justin Menges and Head Coach Jeff
Nathan pictured with his Head Coach Jeff Herrington.
Nathan has had the honor of being coached by numerous coaches
over the year. He has learned valuable lessons from all of
them. Some of those coaches include from Owasso, Oklahoma,
Keith Kersey, the Tulsa Rangers, Kevin Casey, from Oolagah,
Oklahoma, Joey Johnson and Clay Holly. He has also been
coached by Jeff Herrington from Derby Wrestling Club and Skip
Herrington, as well as Steve Herman from the Central Kansas
Wrestling Club and numerous other coaches. People like Leo
Bailey, Charles Knox, and numerous others have been there to
help make Nathan a great wrestler. It is one of the unique
beauties of the sport, the love not just of competition but also
seeing to it that your competitors become better.
This is about 1/2 way through Nathans 1st year of wrestling,
Nathan's 2nd year of wrestling, 1996-1997.
In Nathan's 2nd Year he went 58-1 with the one loss coming in the
state finals where he lost in overtime to Kyle Aldredge from Fort
Gibson Oklahoma. Nathan lost by one point in a heavier and
older division. We didn't know it at the time but Nathan, by
mistake, won one division and age at state and came in 2nd in
another in the same year. To our knowledge the only Oklahoma
wrestler to ever do that.
Nathan resting before Oklahoma State Championships in 1998.
Nathan takes Oklahoma State and is pleased with his medal and
Nathan and his teammates from Owasso Oklahoma Ram Wrestling Club
that placed at State 1996 - 1997. Notice the two medals
around Nathan's Neck where he placed 1st and 2nd in two different
weight classes and divisions.
Nathan wrestles one of the toughest kids in the country.
Jeremy Goree from the Tulsa Oklahoma area. Jeremy has a
chance at being one of the great wrestlers coming from Oklahoma.
Nathan wrestles him in 2 state finals, winning one and loosing
one. The last time the wrestled for state in 2001-2002
Nathan won 3-2 in Sudden Death Overtime.
Nathan and Jeremy face off in 2000 Oklahoma State Championship
Finals. After a score of 4-3 going into the 3rd Jeremy ended
up winning 17-12.
Nathan wins by tech fall in route to his 2001-2002 Oklahoma Open
Nathan works for an Criss-Cross Pin.
Nathan has a brief advantage on Jeremy Goree, but with this kid it
is only brief.
Nathan in a early photo, winning 1st at a local Open Tournament
during his 2nd year, 1996-1997