If you haven’t heard of 6th grader Nicky Fea be prepared to seeing his name everywhere you look. Nick is a multiple time NY-USA Wrestling State Champion, a Journeymen Fall Classic Champion and this off-season has proven to be one of the best young wrestlers in the country.
Nick’s post-season run started at War at the Shore, held in Wildwood, NJ. Every year this tournament attracts thousands of wrestlers from over 30 states and even competitors from other countries. It is often considered one of the hardest tournaments in the country and is broadcast live on FloWrestling!
This year’s field would prove no match for Fea as he dominated all of his opponents. Nicky started his tournament with a 0:15 second pin and quickly followed that up with a pin in the quarters in just 0:32 seconds! In the semi-finals Fea cruised to a 8-1 victory over a tough NJ opponent. In the finals he ran into a multiple time Virginia State medalist. However, Nicky’s pressure proved to be too much as he secured a quick takedown and a turn to earn the pin and War at the Shore Junior 82lb title in just 0:42 seconds!
Fea carried this momentum into this year’s NHSCA Middle School National Championships. As just a 6th grader Nick was one of the youngest competitors in the division. Out to show the country that War at the Shore wasn’t a fluke Nicky didn’t let his age or a tough bracket deter him from overwhelming the competition with relentless pressure and attacks from all positions.
Nick started the tournament with a quick pin in just 0:39 seconds. In the quarters Nicky faced the toughest test he would have all day in 7X Virginia State Champion, Holloway. Down 5-1 early Nicky showed the composure of a much more experienced wrestler and battled back to a 6-5 victory. From there, there was no denying Nick a national championship. He dominated in the semi-finals with a 7-0 decision and punched his ticket for a much anticipated rematch. In the finals Nicky wrestled a NY competitor who had beaten him earlier in the season. This time would be a much different result, Nick made a statement with a pin in just 1:01 and not only earned a national championship but Most Out Standing Wrestler Honors as well!
“Nick has been training very consistently all-year. Nick is a great example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.” -Damion Logan, Nicky’s private coach.
With competitors like Nick comping up through the ranks, in addition to Ivan Garcia, CJ Composto, Pat Phillips, Luke Hoerle and many others the future at Apex is very bright!
Congratulations Nicky and keep up the hard work!