Nick Diny and Brook Whitehead. Consider them a package at Wausau East Wrestling. You can't have one without the other. And they have only one way to describe their friendship.
"Beavis and butthead. We're goofy guys. We laugh at each other. We make jokes at each other. Having fun and goofing around."
But they take things seriously on the mat, often wrestling each other in practice. But they're not exact equals. Whitehead wrestles in the 138 pound division while Diny competes at 126.
"Being smaller, he has a lot more speed," Whitehead said. "A lot more quickness. It kinda works on my reaction time. Plus he's a very technical wrestler and he's been in there a lot."
Diny says he likes to wrestle Whitehead because he's heavier than he is.
"I wrestle a bigger guy. He's stronger," Diny said. "It just helps me get to the next level."
The two met in middle school, live next to each other and have wrestled all four years at Wausau East. Both are team captains this season, helping the rest of the team as much as they've helped each other.
"They do a nice job together, picking each other up," coach Matt Anderson. "Not afraid to push other kids and really demonstrate and set the tone for the team."
As for wrestling each other, so far there's been one who has been winning a little more than the other.
"I probably win a little over half the time probably," Whitehead said. "But I got some weight on him."
Nick Diny and Brook Whitehead. Your Newsline 9 athletes of the week.