On January 16, senior wrestler Nick Malinowski notched his 136th win as a varsity wrestler, breaking the previous record held by Brian Saval, ’04. Nick has been wrestling his whole life, and with the help of his brother and dad, he has become a top wrestler in the state.
Nick, and his brother Nate, have been attending Boys’ Latin since 4th grade, but have been wrestling their whole lives. Bruce Malinowski, Nick’s father, was a two-time state champion at Kenwood High School, wrestled for four years at the University of Missouri, and then coached Overlea’s wrestling team to their only state championship in 1999, where he currently serves as the athletic director.
“He has been my coach and mentor since I started wrestling. Whenever I need help with something he is there to correct my mistakes and help me become better,” Nick said about his father. “I have always wanted to be as good as he was and follow in his footsteps.”
Talking about his brother, Nick said, “Having a twin brother helps me see what I’m doing wrong a lot of the time because he loves to call me out on it. He is also a great drill partner and pushes me hard.”
“I’m excited for him,” Nate said. “He’s worked hard all year and I think he deserves it. It’s a culmination of all his hard work.”
Nick has been wrestling on the varsity wrestling team for all four years of high school after wrestling in the Junior League for middle school under Coach Haugh. He wrestled in the 106 weight class freshman year, 113 sophomore year, and 120 junior and senior year.
“If you would have asked me freshman year if I thought it was possible to break the record, how many wins it was, I would have had no clue,” Nick said. “It wasn’t until junior year when I started to look into it and noticed that I could break it.”
Nick happened to be right. On January 16, at St. John’s Catholic School in Washington D.C., Nick broke the 12-year-old record.
“After I won it, it didn’t feel real,” Nick said. “Coming back to school and getting a ‘congrats’ from a lot of people made me realize how special breaking it was. It feels good to be the record holder for BL. It’s actually surreal thinking about it.“
Nick is currently undecided on where he is going to matriculate next year. He is currently considering wrestling offers from Elizabethtown, York, Messiah, McDaniel and Johns Hopkins.
Nick’s, and the rest of the wrestling team’s, season is still going strong, including Senior Day at Boys’ Latin on Wednesday, February 10th at 4:15 pm. Take a look at the remaining schedule and season results here.