by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter
Max Nowry, ‘08 graduate, is not a well known name like Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose or Patrick Kane, but the 5’2” 121 pound senior at Northern Michigan University is definitely on his way.
Nowry recently won the gold medal at the Greco-Roman wrestling at the University World Championships on Oct. 5 in Finland.
After Nowry won that medal, he was chosen to be in the “Faces in the Crowd” section in Sports Illustrated. The “Faces in the Crowd” section is a page where Sports Illustrated picks the best eight to ten high school or collegiate athletes of the month around the United States.
To understand how much of an accomplishment this is, some athletes who have made it into this section of Sports Illustrated include Emmit Smith (1986), Tiger Woods (1990), Vince Carter (1995), Paul Pierce (1995), Ben Roethlisberger (1999), Joe Mauer (2000), Michelle Wie (2001), Jennie Finch (2002) and Tim Tebow (2004).
The acceptance into the “Faces in the Crowd” section is expected to increase national attention for the sport itself.
After Nowry graduated WHS in 2008 with a couple of state championships in his back pocket, he decided to further his education at the U.S Olympic Education Center.
While at NMU, he has not only done well in wrestling, but also academically by making it onto the dean’s list.
Nowry wrestled when he attended WHS, but his accomplishments grew during college.
“His technique was really good.” Derrick Wiase, senior, said. “The power that he had for his size was amazing.”
Nowry came in first two times in the Junior World Team Trials and the Junior Nationals while finishing first only once in the University World Team Trials, and the 2010 and 2011 University nationals.