When describing senior Roy Nash, secretaries, teachers and administrators at Taylorsville High School will inevitably use the word “humble.”
That’s not a typical adjective for a student wrestler who looks like he could tie your limbs into a pretzel; not to mention the fact that he was the only high school wrestler in the state to go undefeated last year.
Yet when you meet Roy, his cordial manners and humility make it seem nearly impossible that this young man is No. 1 in the country for Greco-Roman style wrestling in his age and weight division.
What’s perhaps even more astounding is that he took up wrestling a relatively short time ago when he was in 7th grade.
“I’m kind of an oddball,” He said. “Most people have at least 10 years of experience, but I was fortunate enough to get some individualized attention while in junior high and I picked it up pretty quick.”
“Pretty quick” is an understatement.
Roy spent part of his summer in Serbia at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship where he competed against the best young wrestlers from all over the globe. He finished the competition ranked No. 9 in Greco-Roman style wrestling for his weight classification.
Simply put, Roy is at the top of his game. He’s easily considered one of the best wrestlers in the nation, and he’s quickly gaining momentum on the international level.
“My goal is to compete in the Olympics,” he said. “I’m pretty much on track so far.”
Be sure to follow Roy this winter as he looks to defend his state title.