Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Nathan Butler
School: Stanford University
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Senior
Butler has been a quality anchor in Stanford’s lineup for three years now, qualifying for the NCAA tournament every year, and always posting a strong overall record. However, as he admits, his junior year wasn’t as good as he would have liked. He had fewer wins (23) than any of his previous seasons and finished third in the Pac-12, his lowest finish after reaching the finals his first two years. Even with all that, Butler was the 10 seed at nationals. He’ll return for his senior campaign hungry to finally become an All-American.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
Wasn’t a great season for me, I would say a 4.
What are you working on this off-season?
I’m working on generating more offense on my feet and focusing on just having fun every day at practice going into my final season.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
Yes, I am wrestling freestyle in the US Open this weekend. (Editor’s Note: Butler finished seventh at the US Open and qualified for next month’s World Team Trials.)
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
Last spring I took a class called CS155: Computer and Network Security. In the class, we implemented hacks to take over internal computer programs, extract information over a network, and break into phone applications. We also implemented the defenses to all of the hacks as well. It actually inspired me to pursue a master’s degree in computer science with a focus on security.
What was your favorite match this season?
My favorite match was when we dualed ASU this season. The bleachers were set up right along the mat and we had a great turnout. It was a great atmosphere to wrestle in and I was able to pick up the win in double overtime against Tanner Hall.
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I heard Abraham Lincoln used to wrestle so he would be pretty cool to scrap with.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
I wish you did not have to be clean-shaven before every match. I would love to be able to participate in no-shave November.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
I probably would have done football to be honest.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
As a heavyweight, there wasn’t much I couldn’t eat during the season, but I definitely have had a lot more Oreos since the season ended.
What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
I’m a Computer Science major and plan on graduating with my master’s next spring. I am still not sure what I want to do when I graduate, but most likely will go work as a software engineer for some company here in the Bay Area.