And if that's not enough, four years prior, Nachtigall had a tennis ball sized tumor removed from his brain.
“So that kind of complicated things a little bit.”
But if anyone knew the fight in Terry, it was his wrestlers.
“It's just his personality,” said senior wrestler Enrique Acevedo. “It's just the way he is. He always fights and I mean he's a wrestler, and all wrestlers have that same kind of mentality because if you don't fight in wrestling, you're not going to make it.”
“My wife's like, ‘I brought you some slippers so when you want to walk,’” Nachtigall recounted of his time in the hospital. “And in the video right away I'm like, 'I want to walk.' Just getting out of the bed, not letting anything hold you back and when the chips are down, you get up and keep going. That's kind of what this sport teaches you.”
About six months later, Nachtigall started to feel like himself again. These days, the 48-year-old is back at practice, up against his wrestlers. To them, he's the same old ‘Coach Nach.’