Forsyth's Nathan Weber signs with MSU Northern wrestling

Nathan Weber of Forsyth, center, signed to wrestle with Montana State University-Northern on Thursday. Pictured are back row, left to right, Weber's brothers Matt and Brandon, who both wrestle for the Lights. In the front row, left to right, are Northern assistant Bo Bettinson, Nathan Weber and Northern head coach Tyson Thivierge. 

Photo courtesy of Jacy Thompson

BILLINGS — Another of the Forsyth wrestling Weber brothers will be taking the mat for Montana State University-Northern.

Nathan Weber, a senior who is top-ranked in Class B-C at 132 pounds, signed with the Lights on Thursday.

His brothers, Brandon and Matt, were both in attendance at the the NAIA school located in Havre. Redshirt junior Brandon Weber, who won a NAIA national title last year at 157 pounds, is ranked No. 1 in the country at 157 in the Dec. 6 poll. Matt Weber, a junior, finished third at the 2016 national tournament and is tied for eight place at 141 pounds in the Dec. 6 poll. 

"It is actually pretty awesome," said Nathan when reached by phone by 406mtsports.com on Friday. "I only got to wrestle with Matt in high school for one year and I didn't get a chance to wrestle with Brandon on a team. It will be awesome to do that as well." 

Nathan Weber was the 113-pound State B-C champion as a freshman in 2015. Matt Weber claimed the 138-pound title that year.

Nathan Weber was the state runner-up at 120 in 2016 and 126 in 2017.

While Brandon and Matt are at Northern, the third oldest Weber brother — Luke — is a redshirt freshman wrestler at Nebraska. The youngest brother, Michael, is a junior at Forsyth. The two-time state champion is ranked No. 1 at 145 in the B-C coaches poll. 

Northern coach Tyson Thivierge said Weber has been a wrestler the Lights were intent on signing. Weber is projected to wrestle at 133 or 141 for Northern. 

"He is obviously going to be a skilled wrestler for us. He has his own style," said Thivierge, whose Lights were eighth at last year's NAIA national tourney. "We preach that, we want them to have some individuality. We fine tune their skills and work them up and build up their lungs and a little more. He has so much potential he hasn't put out there yet. Obviously, being a part of the Weber family, we know he is used to success and dedicated.

"Nathan has all the potential in the world to be a stud and an All-American right out of the gate."

Besides the family connection, Weber said he was drawn to Northern by Thivierge and assistant coach Bo Bettinson's philosophies and coaching style. 

"It is just a great atmosphere with the guys on the team," he said. "I wanted to stay in Montana and that kind of helped with my decision and then just the group of guys that are on the team."

Also on the Lights roster this year is former Forsyth standout Chris Nile. Thivierge said in 30-6 victory over Eastern Oregon on Dec. 14, eight of 10 starters were from Montana. Northern is 6-1 in duals this year.

"The future is looking pretty bright for Northern this year, next year and the years to come after," Nathan Weber said.

And while his college choice is now final, Weber has dreams to chase during his senior year for the Dogies.

"One of the goals is to get as much tough matches as possible, wrestle tough and win divisionals and then win state," he said. "That is the main goal, but I have to take one match at a time for sure."

Email John Letasky at john.letasky@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @GazSportsJohnL

Deputy Sports Editor, Billings Gazette

Deputy Sports Editor at the Billings Gazette

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