MUSCATINE, Iowa–Jan. 7, Muscatine High School Senior Tim Nimely continued his outstanding wrestling career by getting his 100th career win, making him only the 13th Muskie to do so. Tim’s 100th win came in a decision against Burlington’s Trestin Sales, a senior and state runner-up in the 2019-2020 school year. Tim beat him handily 11-4.
Muscatine High School has not had a wrestler win 100 or more decisions since 2011, when Juan Coulter completed his high school career with a total of 103 wins. Before the end of the season, Wrestling Head Coach Joseph Kane predicts Nimely will compete in between 30 and 35 more matches, which could put his record close to two school records. In 2000, Wade McLeod set the school record with a total of 137 career wins. Chad Czerwiec set the second place record in 2003 with a total of 134 wins.
Tim’s 100th win marks a high point in his very successful wrestling career. Nimely started wrestling at the varsity level as a first year student. He qualified for the 3A state tournament in his sophomore year and as a junior took fifth place in his weight class at state. That year, he also won 44 matches, setting the school’s all time single season win record.
Reflecting on his impressive win record, Tim credits his success to the help of many people in his life, including older players, his family, and his coaches, who include Ryan Hagerty, a 2002 Muscatine High School alumnus and former wrestler who earned 103 career wins during his years in the program. “None of this would be possible without the seniors who have come before me–they set the standard and I just followed,” he said, adding: “I’ve always been lucky to have great wrestling parents to push me to my potential. All of the wrestling coaches have impacted me and have gotten me to where I am today and I thank every single one of them for that.”
As Tim looks to finish his high school wrestling career strong and continue in college, he wants nothing more than to inspire younger wrestlers to strive for greatness too. “I hope I am setting the standard pretty high so the young guys in the wrestling room can try to do better than me,” he shared. With what Kane describes as a strong work ethic, focus on improvement, and confidence in his abilities, future athletes will surely look up to him.