A wrestling award created in memory of former Whitefish Bay High School wrestler Nathan Potter. An accomplished wrestler, Nathan was a college senior at UW- Milwaukee when he was tragically murdered during an attempted robbery in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee in July, 2009.
The “Nathan Potter Heart Award” will be presented annually to the Whitefish Bay wrestler who best reflects Nathan's commitment, persistence, effort and grit when it came to wrestling. Nathan had a wrestling career that was notable for his challenging beginning and remarkable improvement. Nathan's record as a freshman was 1-9, but he returned the next year and each year after that. By his senior year, Nathan led his team in pins, was regional and conference champion, posted a 27-11 record and was voted most improved Blue Dukes wrestler for his second year in a row. He showed the same effort and persistence in his matches, which were always exciting to watch because Nathan never quit, no matter what the odds. Nathan’s signature move was a go-for-it-all roll. He could be down 14-0 with 10 seconds left, and still pull off a victory.
Nathan inspired other wrestlers with his dedication and never-quit attitude and he showed that a wrestler can lose a match, but still walk off the mat as a champion.