Zach Nichols
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Born August 4, 1987
Hometown Brighton, Michigan
Show History
Season The Real World: San Diego (2011)
Episodes 12
Social Media
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Zach Nichols is a roommate on The Real World: San Diego.


Towering at 6'3", Zach has the build of a professional football player and that's a good thing, seeing as he plays arena football. And yet, at 23, Zach's dreams of reaching the NFL may have passed him by. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in sports science and exercise physiology, Zach supplements his semi-pro football gig with a job at a physical therapy clinic. It's not all work though -- Zach likes to spend time with his two best friends (the trio call themselves "The Goon Squad"). They compete to get girls while doing such colorful activities as cougar hunting. Zach does attract young babes as well, and he certainly knows how to use his dreamy good looks to his advantage. Will any of the girls in San Diego fall hard for this reserved, conservative guy who loves steaks, country music and guns? And how will Zach's small-town values clash with his more progressive roommates?


After Real World

Zach returned to Michigan where we works as a personal trainer. He remained in a long-distance relationship with Ashley, but the two broke up shortly before appearing on The Challenge. On The Challenge, Zach became a mainstay, competing on 9 seasons of the show. In 2015, he met his longtime girlfriend Jenna Compono on The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II. The couple got engaged in 2019. On February 14, 2021, the pair announced that they will be expecting their first child. The couple eloped on March 13. 2021.

The Challenge

Challenges Challenges won Eliminations Money Won
Battle of the Seasons (2012), Rivals II, Free Agents, Battle of the Exes II, Invasion of the Champions, Vendettas, Final Reckoning, War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds 2
Champs vs. Stars (2017)
Battle of the Seasons (2012) 9 (4 wins, 5 losses) $150,125

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