Nate Mesa doesn’t sneak up on anyone.
Standing 6’4,” 285 pounds, he embodies what it means to be a heavyweight wrestler.
The Harrison senior has only been on the mat for three years but he and the sport were made for each other.
“I think he is just starting to scratch the surface as a wrestler,” said head coach Al Melo. “Which is great because when it comes down to Regionals and State – that’s when you want to be your best and I think that’s when he’ll be his best.”
And now he has the title to back it up. Nate won the Colorado Springs Metro Heavyweight title last weekend, first time a Panther wrestler has won that title in 20 years.
“I felt proud to be one of the people to bring it back,” Nate said.
He brings the thunder on the mat but he’s aware that he can’t get by on strength alone. Wrestlers are either tacticians or brawlers and the big fellas are typically the latter, yet Nate sees the strategy in the sport and likes to use that to his advantage.
“I feel like I’m a mix between both because i know a lot of technique but i’m still a big guy,” he said. “I still use my size to an advantage or strength, whenever, but I have speed. I’m not like a basic heavyweight, I feel like I have some speed behind me, and technique as well, so I like to use that as much as I can.”
A state title could be in his future but college football is in his future. Nate’s headed to The South Dakota School of Mines next season.
“I don’t plan on going to the NFL afterwards, so I wanted to get my education and go to a school that’s really good at what they do and somewhere that I could be successful.”