Navratil takes wrestling talent to college level

After wrapping up 43-1 season, Bulldog wrestler signs with Adams State College

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Nick Navratil has nervous energy.

The muscular Moffat County High School senior multi-sport athlete has both ears pierced, loves to lift weights, and used to ride motocross --ntil the wrestling coach found out.

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"One of my hobbies is motocross, but the Adams State coach told me I had to quit if I wanted to represent the Grizzlies," Navratil said.

The 2007 4A 189-pound runner-up, with a record of 43-1, signed a letter of intent Monday afternoon to wrestle at Adams State College in Alamosa.

The NCAA Division II School offered Navratil a 50 percent scholarship beginning in mid-August.

A combined 77-11 record his past two years at MCHS, Navratil credits coaches Roman Gutierrez and Mark Veloshin for his success.

"Roman called the coach at Adams State and told him 'you have to come check this guy out,'" Navratil said.

Jason Ramstetter, Adams State coach, watched Navratil at the 4A state championships and was impressed with what he saw.

While Gutierrez may have initiated the communication between Ramstetter and Nav-ratil, the confident teen said he "owes it all to Veloshin."

"He taught me a lot while I was here," he said. "He is a good guy to look up to. He never let me quit or give up. I'd do anything for that guy."

Navratil visited the home of the Grizzlies for the first time about two weeks ago and was impressed with the warm reception from the coaching staff.

He plans to put his love of weight lifting into a degree in kinesiology.

"I love lifting and might as well stay with it," he said.

A hockey player while growing up in Alexandria, Minn., Navratil and his family moved to the Yampa Valley the summer before his fifth-grade year.

"I just love wrestling. I like the workouts --ll the conditioning, hard work and the feeling of just two people giving it their all."

Looking back on his MCHS career, Navratil points to his first-place finish at the 2006-07 Warrior Classic in Grand Junction as the pinnacle.

"I was definitely pleased with a 43-1 record this year, and have no regrets," he said. Navaratil's only loss of the season was to two-time 4A state champion Sonny Yohn of Alamosa.

Drew Turner can be reached at 824-7031, ext 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com

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