It says something about the wrestling career Nick Salois had that he was actually a little disappointed in the way his senior season ended up. While Salois won his second consecutive state title, he finished fourth at the New England championships, short of his lofty goals.
That’s the way it goes for a wrestler who’s had big success, and one who has even bigger expectations.
“My goals were higher than the states,” Salois said. “I just came up short but winning another state championship was nice. It kept that goal going strong.”
And outside of a New England title, there wasn’t much else Salois could ask for from his high school career. He won three medals at states – including the two championships – and he won two medals at New Englands.
Considering the beginning of his wrestling career, that’s quite a finish. When Salois first started wrestling, he wasn’t a natural. It took him a long time to find his way.
“When I started out, I was very bad,” Salois said. “My first four years, I only won two matches. Once I hit fourth grade, I hit a stride and just kept on winning and working hard.”
At Vets, he was part of a wave of talent that turned the program into a major contender. The ’Canes took second at states in Salois’s sophomore year, and he finished second in his weight class. Last year, Vets won the state title, and Salois was at the center of it with his championship at 171.
This season, Vets didn’t have as much depth, and the ’Canes ended up short of the team title at states. But Salois was one of five individual state champions. He rolled through the 182-pound weight class, winning his championship match by a 9-1 score.
“I'm pretty happy with my career,” he said. “I worked hard. Just came up a little short at New Englands, but I became a two-time state champ.”
Salois will now pursue a college football career. He plans to play at Bridgewater State in the fall.