Timm pins down award as assistant mat coach

Nick Timm was a big part of the Hettinger success on the wrestling mat years ago.
Brad Mosher
He is making just as big if not bigger an impact as an assistant coach for a small wrestling program in the northern part of the state.
He has been named the North Dakota Assistant Coach of the Year. “I was notified last week,” he said Saturday.
“I grew up in Hettinger and graduated in 2003,” he recalled, noting the school had won back-to-back state wrestling championships in 2000 and 2001.
“After high school, I went to a tech school for a while, earned a degree and came back.
“I got an opportunity up here in Bowbells and that’s where I am now,” he added.
He only recently found out he was nominated for and won an award as assistant coach of the year in North Dakota by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Timm is the assistant coach for the Kenmare/Bowbells/Burke Central wrestling team. He has been part of the program there for seven years since he started in 2012.
In addition, he has been helping the football team as an assistant also for the last three years.
Wrestling is something Timm has been involved in for decades. “I started in 1989 when I was five years old.”
In high school, he placed sixth at state, qualified (for state) as a junior and qualified for the varsity as both a freshman and sophomore.
“In 2000, we were the individual state champions and took second in the dual. In 2001, we were state champions both as individual and dual. We were the first team to ever do that.
“When I was on varsity (at Hettinger), I was always a heavyweight,” he added, noting that started off as a freshman as a heavyweight.
Bowbells is a small school in Snow Geese country, just a short distance from the Canadian border.
At the school, Timm said he helps all the wrestlers, but a big part of team he works with are the heavyweights. “I work with the wrestlers from 195 pounds and 220 pounds to the heavyweights.”
Timm’s experience in Hettinger, has in turn, helped the wrestlers he is training in Bowbells.
“The biggest thing I learned was instilled in us by the coaches. You are not always going to be great at something. But, if you put a lot of time into it, you will be great at it,” he recalled.
“I wasn’t the most talented guy, but I had a good work ethic, which I got from my parents. They (the coaches Randy Burwick and Theo Schalesky) just didn’t let us have any excuses. No matter what, you had to make an effort.
“The biggest thing I learned from those guys and wrestling in general was that there is no excuse. You have to got out and do it. If you don’t, then you just won’t get it done.”
Timm is coaching, but his full time job is in the oil industry up in Kenmare.
The wrestling team is a co-op with Bowbells, Kenmare and Burke Central.
“Since I have been up here, we have included at or school the wrestling program. We always had a youth program, but we kind of took it in a different direction and started Sundawg Wrestling Club. It is our youth club.”
The youth club has grown to have about 50 members. “It is the biggest activity in Kenmare for all the kids. “
The youth team recently took second in the state as a dual team. “The year before, we took fourth as an individual team. “It has been really successful and a really big following. We are hoping to keep it going. “
One recent wrestler that Timm was proud about started as a junior in the program. “We built him up and this year he placed fifth as a senior,” Timm said. “He then went off top be a Marine, so that was a pretty proud moment.”
At the high school level, the Sundawgs grow up to be Honkers (the high school mascot). “Kenmare they call the Snow Geese Capital of North Dakota,” he added, with a chuckle. “There is a big migration that comes through every year.”
It was his son that brought Timm back into wrestling again, this time as a coach.
“It wasn’t like I was used to when I was growing up. So, I wanted to help him have the same experience that I got. That is why I got involved.”
Timm works as a production superintendent and field operator in Burke County for Windridge Operating LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company.
He is married with two children, Payton and Tucker, living in Bowbells. “It is a town of 300 people … just 14 miles from the Canadian border,” he added, with a chuckle.
He still is finding some familiar faces around the wrestling mats. “Three of my former teammates are now wrestling coaches. Two rivals are coaches now as well.”

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