Cal Baptist’s Nolan Kistler laying down the law in Division II wrestling
By Brian Robin
They don’t miss many opportunities at California Baptist University these days to market their athletic program or their athletes. But there’s a golden opportunity going begging when it comes to Nolan Kistler.
Every time the senior wrestler from King High steps onto the mat, the tell-tale “dun dun” from “Law and Order” should follow him like his personal soundtrack. Because on and off the wrestling mat, law and order is literally what Kistler is about.
Last weekend in Colorado Springs, Kistler and his CBU wrestling teammates laid down the law in winning their second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling title in three seasons, with Kistler, Daxton Gordon (149 pounds) and Garrett Strang (197) capturing conference titles.
Kistler made an orderly process of winning the 174-pound division, blowing through his first two opponents, 17-0 and 15-0. In the finals, Brandon Supernaw of Western somehow managed four points, before succumbing to Kistler 10-4. Those four points were the first points Kistler yielded in eight bouts.
Cue the “dun dun.”
That performance earned Kistler Wrestler of the Meet honors, an award that will compete for shelf space with his third RMAC Summit Award, given to student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing in a conference final.
Those, in turn, will compete with the two NCAA Division II Elite 90 Awards Kistler already owns. Those are for having the highest cumulative GPA at the NCAA Finals, where Kistler, his 17-3 record, conference title and NCAA Division II second-ranked status are headed. Last year, Kistler finished fourth at the NCAAs and his only three losses this year came to Division I wrestlers.
Which is where the “law” comes in. When he’s not laying down the law on the mat as the No. 2 ranked Division II wrestler at 174 pounds, Kistler is compiling a very orderly 3.95 GPA as a – […]