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Middle Weight Wrestler of the Year Spotlight: Carter

Updated: Apr 3

Carter will go down as one of the Mt. St. Joseph's greats. He became a three-time National Prep All American, three-time MIS State Champion, and three-time MIAA Champion. This alone would be something to brag about but he competed at the national level for the last several seasons as well and held his own in the country's toughest tournaments.

For example, Carter Nogle enjoyed a successful junior year that saw him place fourth at the Beast of the East and win a War on the Shore title. Nogle placed second at the National Prep Open during the COVID year, then became All American again in fifth when the tournament resumed its usual format during his sophomore campaign.

Nogle was focused this year and started the year off with titles at West Virginia’s Washington Elite Invitational and Pennsylvania’s Penn Manor Tournament. He then replicated his fourth-place finish at the Beast as a junior with wins over Tyler Traves (Mountain View, VA) and Jake Zaltsman (St. John Vianney, NJ). His two close losses at the Beast were to nationally ranked foes, former McDonogh wrestler, No. 14 Billy DeKraker (Blair Academy, NJ) and Nazareth, Pennsylvania’s Tahir Parkins (No. 10 at 132).

During the Christmas break, St. Joe traveled to Canon-McMillan High School in Pennsylvania for the prestigious PowerAde Tournament. An eighth-place finish there reinforced Nogle’s standing in the National Rankings discussion. Keep in mind that placing at this gauntlet is arguably harder to do than the Beast of the East. Like the Beast, all his close losses were to nationally ranked competitors including an overtime decision, 7-5, with the nation's top-ranked 144lber, Luke Simcox (Central Mountain, PA).

Back in the state of Maryland, Nogle added the third War on the Shore gold to his resume with wins over Xavier, Connecticut’s Anthony Basile and Kent Island’s Gregory Couch.

In the MIAA and MIS State Championships, Carter did the job... again. He defeated No. 2 Zane Leitzel (Archbishop Spalding), by a major decision each time, in the MIAA finals, 10-2, and the MIS finals, 10-1. Those victories gave Nogle his third MIAA and state titles, putting him in the upper echelon of the Gaels’ greatest wrestlers. Leitzel also became a National Prep All American this year to help put things into perspective.

There would be no heartbreak at the National Preps this year. Carter went on to secure his third year as an All American

and to cement himself as one of the greats. He has committed to the United States Air Force Academy, a D1 program, and will be moving to Colorado this summer.

Congrats Carter!

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