Vermont Wrestler Strikes Back at 2017 New England Wrestling Championships, in Providence, Rhode Island March 3rd and 4th.
Milton High School Junior Nick Johnson, strikes back at the 2017 New England Wrestling Championships after his runner-up performance at the 2017 Vermont State Championships. MAU Wrestler Sebastian Rocher who had won the final match in the 220-lb. weight class at the States in Vergennes, Vermont on February 25th was eliminated during the New England Tournament leaving the Massachusetts wrestler Benton Whitley, a two-time State Champion to face Nick Johnson in the final.
Starting the tournament as a 10 seed, Johnson prevailed over a 7th ranked opponent from Massachusetts, winning by fall in just 34 seconds. This was just the beginning. There was much more exciting wrestling to follow. Johnson went on to soundly pin the number 1 from Maine in 2:28 and the number 1 Connecticut in 1:29 in impressive fashion. In an exciting Semi-final bout with the number 2 from Massachusetts, Johnson, down on points, came from behind in a nail-biter for a pin 2:34 into second round. In the finals match against number Massachusetts wrestler Benton Whitley, Johnson pinned Whitley 1:49 into the first period. Whitley had come to the finals undefeated for the season, that is until he faced Johnson.
Not only did Nick Johnson cut a swath through state champions from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine all by pin-fall, to become Champion in the 220-lb. weight class, he also, as the sole representative from Milton placed 15th as a “team” out of 157 teams in attendance.
Unable to wrestle in 2015-2016 due to serious problems with his knee, Johnson underwent surgery to repair broken cartilage and an injured femur, and to remove most of his meniscus. In 2016 he received a meniscus transplant. Upon his recovery, he strikes back hard on the mats for a season record of 31-3. This would advance Johnson’s career record to 55 wins, 12 losses.
As a Junior, Nick is planning to attend college after graduating, however he is keeping his options open regarding wrestling at the college level. (Photo Credits-Marie Johnson and Vermont Wrestler)
Congratulations Nick! Congratulations Milton High School Wrestling!