In the offseason, which basically consists of the month of August, Nick Frank enjoys spending time in the outdoors hunting and fishing. The other 11 months of the year — for as long as he can remember — he has been on a wrestling mat somewhere in the United States, honing the craft he loves so much.
Frank, 17, and an Urbana resident, started wrestling eight years ago in the LOUYAA Predators Youth Wrestling Program. His first love, as with a lot of young boys, was football. But following a coach’s recommendation, Frank decided to try wrestling.
He struggled a bit at first, as most wrestlers do, but things started to pick up for him in his second year. By the end of his third year, Frank knew wrestling was what he wanted to do — and he wanted to do it well. He stopped competing in other sports and focused on wrestling year-round. He would wrestle the winter scholastic style from October through March and then shift to the two international wrestling disciplines of Freestyle and Greco Roman (Olympic Styles) throughout the spring and summer months.
By the end of his fifth year, Frank joined the Maryland National Team and started traveling all around the nation to tournaments. In his five year’s with the team he won a total of seven state titles in Freestyle and Greco Roman combined.
Frank’s high-school career started out fast. During his freshman and sophomore year he won the county and regional titles while placing fourth in the Maryland state championships. Last year, Frank in his junior year upped the ante, grabbing the county and regional titles again, placing third at the Maryland Championships, and helping lead the Urbana High School (UHS) Hawks to their first Maryland dual meet state championship. He did so with a record of 48 wins to only three losses, pinning the majority of his opponents along the way.
“He wrestles with a killer instinct and always looks to end matches fast,” said Justin Krop, a UHS alumnus and assistant wrestling coach.
Frank’s accolades in the sport are too numerous to list, but here are a few: He holds the Frederick County all-time single season win record of 48 wins in 2012. The respect of his coaches and teammates earned him the title of team captain over the last three years while he maintained a 3.93 GPA. His high school record is 147-20 with 103 pins through Feb. 9.
In the past three years, Urbana’s wrestling team has earned a spot in the state finals match. The team finished runner-up in 2011 to LaPlata and won its first title last year by defeating River Hill. During the Hawks’ recent run to defend their 3A/4A state dual meet title, Frank pinned both opponents in the regional championship held at UHS on Feb. 6. As the Hawks moved on to the team state championships, he posted a 7-0 victory over the state’s fifth ranked wrestler from South River High School in the semifinals match to secure the team victory. Then in the state championship match versus Damascus, he pinned the eighth ranked wrestler in just 47 seconds.
“Nick’s contribution and leadership during his time at Urbana has been invaluable. He is a kid that was born to wrestle and loves the challenges and demands of the sport. It’s a lot of fun to coach a wrestler like Nick Frank,” said Head Coach Ben Arneson.
The Hawks came up short in defending their team state championship in the finals against Damascus, 37-28.
Frank and his teammates now move on to the individual portion of the wrestling season in trying to win their individual weight class and earn the title of Maryland state champion. The Maryland State Championships will be held at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland, March 1 – 2.
Editor’s Note: Timothy Mellott is an active Urbana community member who founded the Southern Frederick County Youth Athletic Facilities, coaches Predators Wrestling, and is an FCA Character Coach at Urbana and Seneca Valley High Schools. Mellott lives in Ijamsville with his wife, Beth Ann, and son Parker.