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 DI program and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all, including last year’s interviews, whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Nate Higgins
Higgins returned to the Cougar lineup in 2017-18 after missing most of his sophomore year due to injury. After earning the top seed at 165 pounds at the Southern Conference tournament, he claimed his first SoCon title, pinning Chad Pyke (Chattanooga) in the finals. That earned Nate his first trip to the NCAA tournament and he finished the season 21-9. Those 21 victories led the team. Higgins will return for his senior season looking to earn his way to the national tournament for the second time.
What games does your team play on the road? Who is the best at it? Who is the worst?
Our team likes to play dodgeball on the road before our workouts. Joe Antonelli is the best at it. Christian DuLaney is probably the worst at it.
If you could pick any one of your teammates to win a national title next year, who would it be and why?
I would like to see John Muldoon win a national title because he puts in the work and is devoted, and I would like to see someone like that win a title.
Who is your favorite current college wrestler who is on a different team and why are they your favorite?
My favorite wrestler is probably Jason Nolf because of the way he can scramble out of positions and the way he makes his wrestling look so effortless.
If you could be any size tomorrow, who would you want to wrestle and why?
I would want to be 125 so I could see how good Spencer Lee really is. I think it would be fun to scrap it out with him.
If you could only win one, would you choose an NCAA team title, an Olympic gold medal, or the lottery? Why?
I would pick the NCAA team title because it would mean that everyone in my team succeeded and accomplished something. It wouldn’t just be luck like the lottery or only me like an Olympic medal.