Coach Breaks NU Record In Weekend Sweep (Wrestling)

Wade Askew

By Wade AskewThe Daily Northwestern

With a 3-0 record at the ACC/Big Ten Clash in Chapel Hill last weekend, coach Tim Cysewski became Northwestern’s all-time winningest coach. The only thing that kept the team from having a celebration for their coach afterwords was the fact they had no clue Cysewski was approaching the record.

“I don’t think anybody on the team knew,” junior Mike Tamillow said. “I don’t think (Cysewski) told anybody about it.”

The Wildcats’ coach passed Ken Kraft’s previous record with his 125th career dual victory. This marks Cysewski’s 17th year as NU’s head coach.

“Coach Cysewski is probably the greatest coach I will ever have,” Herbert said. “What’s amazing is that he did all of this without speaking English – he speaks dialects of English.”

Cysewski’s semantics also draw the admiration of Tamillow.

“He has some pretty funny phrases like ‘back in the day when men were men and sheep were scared’ or ‘back when rock ’em sock ’em time was all the time,'” Tamillow said.

The periodic idiomatic phrases contribute to a relationship of friendship and respect between the wrestlers and their coach. The wrestlers display an uncommon comfort level with their coach, referring to him as “Coach Timmy.”

Cysewski remains a “student of the game” according to Lang, who also describes the coach’s style as ” genuine and aggressive.”