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Kulchytskyy Takes Down Adversity on and off the Mat

Oshkosh senior Nazar Kulchytsky used talent on the wrestling mat to earn a new life in the United States. He's exceled on the mat and in the classroom.

Oshkosh senior Nazar Kulchytskyy is one of the best wrestlers in the country. He holds a career record of 133-5 as a Titan. His 132nd victory set the school record for most wins.

"Nobody did it in 30 years so. And I was like 10 wins away from it, got really pumped and got so excited and just counting my matches, Kulchytskyy explained.

Now Nazar turns his sights to becoming the first Three-Time NCAA division III champion in Wisconsin history.

"To be on top my last tournament in my college career will be great so it just means everything to me right now."

Nazar is from Western Ukraine. When he was 12 years old he and his coach moved to Southern Ukraine to train. Which eventually led to him and his parents coming to the United States to further his career.

"Wrestling gave me a lot of opportunites. I contact Larry Marchionda who's our manager at UW-Oshkosh and he helped me to come over here and I'm just so glad that I started my life and started with wrestling. And definitely this sport bring me all the way from Ukraine to the U.S. so I'm glad I did it, have no regrets."

If all goes as planed, Nazar will become a U.S. citizen in a month. That's a blessing considering the current state of his home-country.

"No, I'm not coming back to Ukraine especially now. It's a little bit rough you know over there....It's pretty horrible, my cousin was there right in the heart of revolution and five of his friends got killed so its definitely shocking news what I hear every day."

Moving from Ukraine to America provided more obstacles to take down than just opponents on the wrestling mat.

"I didn't speak any english. I thought I was going to be in good shape but when I came here and my first conversation, I couldn't understand a word. So it was very hard."

Now, Nazar is set to graduate in May as an Academic All-American. He hopes to one day compete in the Olympics, and if he does, he'll suit up in Red, White and Blue, representing the country that gave him a better life.

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