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While his NAIA national championship was a surprise to some, MSU-Northern wrestler Nick Kunz had the confidence he could do it before he even arrived in Kansas


March 27, 2020


Montana State University-Northern's Nick Kunz hugs head coach Tyson Thivierge after winning the NAIA 125-pound national championship back on March 7 in Wichita, Kansas. Kunz went in seeded 10th, but that didn't matter as he put on a two-day run for the ages.

Going into the 2020 NAIA national tournament, Nick Kunz had a mindset not unlike any other confident wrestler — believing he could win a national championship.

However, unlike most wrestlers that went to Wichita, Kansas to compete in the national tournament earlier this month, the Montana State University-Northern junior backed it up.

And Kunz, who won the NAIA 125-pound national title back in March did it in a fashion that was surprising to some, given he was seeded just 10th, but not to himself or those in his corner.

“I went there with the goal of getting All-American,” Kunz, a...

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