Brother act, too: Negen coaches, wrestles way to title at Jones Bros. Invite

Clarksville head coach Tim Negen, left, congratulates his brother, Matt, after winning the 195-pound title at the Jones Brothers Invitational at Iowa Falls on Saturday. The Indians finished second in the team race behind West Marshall. (Kristi Nixon photo)


IOWA FALLS – Last year, Clarksville’s Matt Negen chose not to go out for wrestling.

Now the 195-pound senior is back, especially since first-year head coach Tim Negen, his brother, has an influence.

He worked his way to a close 3-1 overtime decision with a takedown against Algona’s Jeff Buchanan in the championship match of the Jones Brothers Invitational Saturday at Iowa Falls-Alden High School.

“He’s very strong, it was hard to do anything against him,” Matt Negen said of Buchanan. “It was a tough match.

“Coach, he’s my brother; he just told me to go out there and get it done.”

The younger Negen admits there are benefits and drawbacks to having his brother coach him.

“It has it’s ups and downs,” Matt Negen said....

For more on this story, see the Dec. 26 issue of the Clarksville Star.