After years away, Severson chasing Olympic wrestling dream

Wrestling wasn’t at the top of Nick Severson’s mind when he began getting back into shape. He just wanted to feel good again, lose some weight and be fit enough to help his friend Travis Wiuff train for his mixed martial arts bouts.

In early 2011, the 310-pound Severson started taking long walks near his Pine Island, Minn., home. That led to running, which led to wrestling, which led to a wild idea. Now that he was feeling like an athlete again, he thought, he needed some kind of goal. And with the 2012 Olympic wrestling trials in Iowa City, why not set the bar high? Continue reading at

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