Aquinas senior Joseph Reimers has one of the most impressive resumes in Nebraska High School wrestling.
The Monarch senior is 132-2 over the last three years and hasn't lost a match since his sophomore season. Reimers is already a two-time state champion and will be looking for this third this weekend in Omaha at the CHI Health Center.
And if those accomplishments weren't enough, he now holds the record for the most career takedowns in the history of Nebraska at any level of wrestling and broke the single-season takedown record at the district tournament.
"It's a pretty big deal," said co-head coach Roy Emroy after the districts on Saturday. "It takes a lot of hard work. To be able to take somebody down that many times every match, you have to be in shape. He's worked for it. He's obviously a really good wrestler. He's won over 100 matches in a row.
After the district tournament on Saturday, Reimers now has 453 takedowns for the season and 1,000 career takedowns exactly.
"You don't really take anything for granted in wrestling, you always have to stay in good position," Emory said. "I don't know if I would say I expect anything, but I know he's going to go out and push the pace and compete."
Before Reimers broke the single-season mark, it was held by Chase White of Lincoln High set in 2011 when he amassed 451.
White went 152-6 during his HS career. He then went on to wrestle at the University-Nebraska Kearney where he went 53-19 with 11 major decisions, eight pinfalls and four tech falls. White was a 2013 All-American and two-time MIAA Runner Up.
Reimers, like White, will also be attending UNK and become a Loper wrestler next season.
Brett Allgood of Bennington held the record for most career takedowns, set back in 2001 with 954.
Allgood finished his high school career in 2002 without a single loss, winning four state championships. He was also undefeated in club-level competition during those same years.
Allgood was awarded the Guy Mytty Outstanding Senior Wrestler Award in Class C by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and was named to their All-Star team for the year 2002.
Needless to say, Reimers shares some pretty extraordinary company.
"Last year I was just going for our team takedown record," Reimers said. "This year was like, 'Why not set a goal for Class C and All-Class record?' It was to give me something to work for and hold myself accountable."
With this being his last season, Reimers said he is focused on trying to enjoy his last week of being a high school wrestler.
“I’m just trying to focus on having fun with it because this is my last go in high school," he said. "I'm just focusing on having fun and taking some of the pressure off and just go out there and wrestle free."
Though it's obvious that hard work and dedication have put Remiers down his path to success, Emory feels those two elements pay off in two very specific ways. Reimers is always more physically and mentally prepared than the guy across from him.
As a result, most of those guys stand no chance.
"Joseph is a tough kid," he said. "He's going to come after you, and he works really, really hard, which gets him in good shape. He's just got a lot of physical tools. A lot of length and strength. It's a great combination. He's done a lot of wrestling, loves wrestling. It's a lot of different things."
Reimers is set to face off against junior Colin Hurley of Wood River in the first round of state. Hurley has gone 22-20 this season.
In the second round, Reimers would likely see senior Treyvon Brooks of Broken Bow, who is ranked No. 4 at 182 in Class C.
In the semifinals, a matchup with David City's Spencer Allen, ranked No. 6 by NEwrestle, would be the anticipated matchup.
On the other side of the bracket is both senior Luke Fairbanks of Wahoo Neumann, ranked No. ,2 and Jessie Ulrich of Ord, ranked No. 3.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.