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Hutmacher hears from top college programs

Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher, center, blocks on offense during a high school football game Sept. 22, 2017 against Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central in Chamberlain. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

CHAMBERLAIN -- South Dakota heavyweight Nash Hutmacher is being recruited by some college football heavyweights.

Hutmacher, a Chamberlain multi-sport athlete, recently received offers to play football at four Power 5 schools: Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa State. He also has an offer on the table from South Dakota State University.

Earlier this month, Hutmacher went to camps at Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota State. He also visited Nebraska and Iowa State.

“It’s been a lot of fun going on all these trips and checking out all these places,” Hutmacher said. “Just kind of going and talking to different coaching staffs and talking with the players. It was a really fun experience. I learned a lot about just being a college athlete.”

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Hutmacher said some schools are recruiting him to play offensive line, while others prefer him for defensive line.

“I probably prefer O-line, but really it’s not that big of a deal to me which I would play because I really just love doing both,” he said.

The junior-to-be said he won’t make his college decision until before his senior season, but he’s going to have plenty of options to mull over. In addition to being an all-state football player, Hutmacher is the two-time South Dakota Class A heavyweight champ. He hasn’t landed any offers for wrestling, but that’s just because he can’t talk with college wrestling coaches about recruiting until Sept. 1.

He hasn’t decided yet what sport he will do in college, but knows what he is looking for when making his decision.

“The factors going into my decision is do I feel comfortable around the people?” Hutmacher said. “Do I feel like I fit in there and then would I go to school there if it wasn’t for football or for wrestling? Could I see myself living there for four or five years if it wasn’t for sports?”

Those questions will be answered in the coming months. As for right now, he’s back on the wrestling mat.

“The beginning of the summer was going to be a lot of football-related camps,” Hutmacher said. “The end of my summer (will) be a lot of wrestling.”

Later this summer, Hutmacher is going to a wrestling camp at Ohio State University. Hutmacher is currently competing for Team South Dakota at the Tulsa Junior Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’ll also compete at the USA Wrestling Cadet Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, in July.

Last year in Fargo, Hutmacher won the freestyle national championship and placed third in the Greco-Roman division at 285 pounds. This week, he’s wrestling eight freestyle matches and eight Greco-Roman matches.

“There will be some high-level competition down here,” Hutmacher said. “But it’s kind of my tune-up and kind of my big thing I do to get ready for Fargo because that’s kind of the big show of the summer. That’s the best tournament in the nation. So that’s where I want to shine.”