|High School:||Tumwater HS '14|
HS: Graduated from Tumwater HS in 2014. He helped his high school to a 25-3 record in two seasons with a pair of State 2A runner-up finishes. As a senior, was picked for the Tacoma News Tribune's All-State team for all classifications as a first team defensive lineman. He was selected to the Associated Press 2A All-State team as a first team defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a first team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as a defensive lineman. Earned All-2A Evergreen Conference honors as a defensive lineman. He had 10 sacks as a senior with a total of 31 tackles. Foerstel led the Thunderbirds to a 13-0 record his senior season before falling 38-28 in the championship game of the State 2A Playoffs to Lynden, which won its third-straight title. Tumwater also lost to Lynden 41-7 in the 2012 title game in Foerstel’s junior season when the Thunderbirds finished 12-2. His Eastern teammate Zach Wimberly (’12) also attended Tumwater, as well as former Eagles Matt and Zach Johnson (’07).
Personal: Born 10/31/95 in Olympia, Wash. Will turn 19 the day before Eastern plays North Dakota. Full name is Nickolas Foerstel. His parents are Mark McBride and Jody Foerstel. Last name is pronounced “For-stell.”