Magazine recognizes USOEC athlete

Hannah Fermanich

One of NMU’s own United States Olympic Eduation Center (USOEC) athletes was featured in the Nov. 5 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Greco-Roman wrestler Max Nowry was one of the athletes featured in an article called “Faces in the Crowd.” Nowry was nominated by the USOEC for performing both on and off the field.

“We wanted to give a well rounded athlete a pat on the back,” said Mike Kaurala, operations manager of the USOEC.

Nowry won the World University Championship that was held earlier this year in Finland. He also took second place at the Olympic Team Trials late last year.

Not only does Nowry exceed in his sport, but he has also been on Northern’s dean list.

“It’s nice anytime you get recognized for something,” Nowry said. “It’s a good feeling. It’s an even better feeling when you get to promote your sport on a big stage.”

According to Kaurala, recognition for Nowry’s accomplishments and the sport itself will help boost the program. Recognition like this will help the USOEC program recruit more athletes in the future.

“I think just the recognition for the team and for the sport would boost morale,” Kaurala said.

According to Kaurala, Nowry just participated in a competition at the New York Athletic Club Holiday International in New York City, where he took second. The only match he lost of this event was to NMU alumn, Spencer Mango.