Timothy Decatur had one goal in mind when he entered Rosewood High School his freshman season, and that was to win a state title.
Decatur, now a senior, has won two state championships, but he reached another major milestone last week when he broke Rosewood’s record for most career wins. He broke former Rosewood wrestler Nick Quillen’s record of 220 wins.
“It feels pretty good,” Decatur said about setting a new record. “Hard work, dedication, working hard in the room, lifting and believing in myself is what got me there.
“I learned a lot from my coaches. They taught me a lot about hard work dedication, and what it takes to get to the next level.”
Decatur, who has a 224 career wins entering this season, is having another outstanding season.
He won the RAM Duals and the Fall Beach Brawl. He is 10 wins away from breaking the NCHSAA record for career wins.
“I don’t think about breaking the record, I just wrestle, and if it comes it comes, I’m not too worried about it,” said Decatur. “Going to these big matches, it just gets you better.”
Rosewood head coach Hal Kilpatrick, who has been coaching Decatur for four years, said it didn’t take him long to figure out why Decatur was able to break the school record for career wins.
“When Timothy was a freshman, we wrestled one night against Franklinton, and we had high expectations for him,” Kilpatrick said. “He was behind 10-0, and I thought maybe we set the bar a little bit too high, but his teammates and everybody started encouraging him, and he came on and caught fire in that match, and ended up pinning the kid.
“From there it kept rolling, he has always stepped up and been there. He is always raising the bar, always seeking out the best competition, he never complains, and he is always willing to go the extra mile.”
Decatur qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore, and placed seventh at last year’s state tournament to earn All-Ohio honors. He also won the 2017 Eagle Invitational most outstanding wrestler award, and was selected as the 2016 NCHSAA Dual Team outstanding wrestler.
For Decatur the sky is the limit, he recently signed his letter of intent to wrestle at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“It was actually a surprise at first to me,” Decatur said. “It’s awesome because I wanted to go, and it’s awesome because I get to work hard with those guys and work to get better.”