MUSCATINE, Iowa–In a year to remember, five Muscatine County wrestlers made it to the podium at the state tournament. Togeh “TD” Deseh and Tim Nimely of Muscatine, Kobe Simon of West Liberty, and Brody and Kael Brisker of Wilton all placed within the top eight in their weight classes.
In his third state tournament appearance, Tim placed 4th in the class 3A 170 pound weight division. The first Muscatine two-time state placer since 2004, Tim also earned the distinction of having the most career wins of any Muscatine High School wrestler with 44.
Returning to the state tournament for a second time, TD earned 5th place in the class 3A 285 pound weight division. The first time that two Muskie wrestlers placed in the state tournament since 2010, TD also tied the single season pin record with a total of 28.
Thanks to their pair of pins in the first round and consistent performance, Tim and TD led Muscatine to place 18th out of the 55 schools attending.
Reflecting on their exceptional careers, their coach, Joseph Kane, shared: “We are extremely proud of Tim and TD’s performances. They won some big matches over tough kids and in their losses they competed well and showed they can hang with the best in the state.” Next fall, both Tim and TD plan to attend Grandview University and to play on their football team.
A wrestler since his elementary school days, Kobe has made four trips to the state tournament and placed three times. This year, Kobe finished his high school wrestling career on a high note, earning first place in the class 2A 220 pound division, beating both the first and fourth ranked wrestlers to claim his title.
Impressed by his performance, coach Ian Alke reflected, “he really improved throughout the tournament, listened to his coaches, and executed when he needed to.” Following his graduation, Kobe intends to keep wrestling at Grandview University.
Brothers Brody and Kael Brisker made a statement at the state tournament, earning fourth in the class 1A 106 pound division and second in the class 1A 138 pound division respectively. The pair have also racked up an impressive number of career wins each, with Brody earning more than 100 so far and Kael ending his career with over 150.
Coach Gabe Boorn believed each wrestler performed excellently: “It was Brody’s first trip to the state tournament and he put on a dominant performance on his way to a 4th place finish. He was confident in himself and his abilities and was able to control the pace of the match and force his style. Kael was able to battle to his first state finals appearance. He stayed focused on his goals and did not get rattled when things were not going his way in his matches. He maintained poise and control to earn that state finals spot.”
Currently Kael continues to explore his options for pursuing his wrestling career in college. Brody and Wilton’s other wrestlers who made state tournament appearances, Garrett Burkle, Kaden Shirk, and Tyrrell Hughes, hope to make future state tournament appearances.