Nick Kunz

Nick Kunz

HELENA -- MSU-Northern wrestler Nick Kunz captured the NAIA National championship on Saturday in Park City, Kansas. Kunz, Capital High's all-time wins leader, won the 125-pound title with a 4-1 decision over Justin Portillo of Grand View University, Iowa, in the finals.

Having beaten the tournament's No. 1 seed, he became the first former local AA grappler to win a collegiate national title. Kunz placed third at the Cascade Conference regional tourney, and entered his third NAIA championships as the No. 10 seed. The Lights' junior went 4-0 in the national tournament and wound up with an overall season mark of 25-11.

At Capital from 2013-17, Kunz was a three-time all-stater, and set the school wins record with a career mark of 122-34. He is the fourth local matman to achieve NAIA All-American status, joining HHS' Albert Olsen of Ricks College (second, 1991), CHS' Deac Hall of Southern Oregon (seventh, 1993) and Kyle Nay of Dickinson State (sixth, 2004).

Curt Synness can be reached at 594-2878 or curt.synness@406mtsports.com. He's also on Twitter @curtsynness_IR

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