Athlete of the Week – Victories for Vandermeer

Nathan Vandermeer is gearing up for wrestling at the collegiate level when he heads to Findlay University this fall.
Before spending the summer practicing with his brothers he was recruited to wrestle with Michigan Gold Pitbulls in the AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals in Orlando, Fl. at Disney World with over 100 teams attending, June 12-15.
He earned All-American status going 12-2 during the tournament and led his team in five different categories and tied for the most point production.
Vandermeer ended his high school career with Clarkston in second place in 160-pound weight class at the MHSAA Wrestling Individual State Finals in March.
After finishing his senior season with the Clarkston Varsity Wrestling team he competed in national events.
Vandermeer and other seniors from the state were selected to wrestle on Team Michigan and went against Team New York, March 12. The team defeated New York and Vandermeer aided in his 9-5 win over Nunzio Crowley.
Next for Vandermeer was the FLO Individuals Wrestling Nationals in Pennsylvania during the last week in March. He finished in fifth place and finished with a 5-2 record. He was one of five Michigan out of 50 wrestlers from the state to be named All -American.
During the month of May, Vandermeer wrestled in the Midwest Grand Challenge Dual Team Tournament in Battle Creek. He wrestled for the Flat River Wrestling Club and was undefeated in his six matches.
He also competed in the National High School Coaches Association National Duals in Virginia Beach, VA with 160 teams in attendance. He was one of two wrestlers on his team who went undefeated in his matches going 7-0 as his team finished 6-1.
Vandermeer will be at Findlay for six years in their School of Pharmacy.

Nathan Vandermeer wrestles at the state finals. Photo by Wendi Reardon
Nathan Vandermeer wrestles at the state finals. Photo by Wendi Reardon

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