By Boots Gifford
Kyle Nay of Helena, the Class AA champion at 135 pounds in 1999, has signed to wrestle for the back-to-back NAIA national champion Montana State-Northern Lights, announced coach David Ray.
Kyle loves the sport. Hes a real competitor, Ray said.
The 5-10 wrestler will probably start out at 133 to 141 pounds during his freshman redshirt season, Ray noted. But hes so tall, if he fills out, he could be a 157-pounder.
As a freshman, Nay did not place at state and held a 20-15 record. But by his sophomore season, Nay improved to a 28-6 record and placed third at the Montana Class AA tournament. As a junior, he was third again with a 29-8 record. His senior season, on the way to the championship, Nay was 33-2.
Overall, Nay holds a count of 59 pins for his prep career. During his last season, he was named the most dedicated wrestler, outstanding wrestler, and had the most takedowns for his team. Along with his state championship, Nay was selected the outstanding wrestler at the prestigious C.M. Russell Holiday Classic.
This kid is tough on his feet, quick, Ray said. Hes toughest on top, solid on riding. Hes going to be good in the (practice) room. Good competition for his teammates.
Nay, carrying a 3.85 grade point average, is the salutatorian at Helena Capital High School.
Im really impressed with Kyle, Ray said. Not only is he a good student in the classroom, hes a good student on the mat. Hes going to be a great addition to the team.
Nay plans to major in business and computers at Northern. He is the son of Mary and Sheryl Nay of Helena.