Twin wrestlers are cut from a different cloth

Posted at 6:36 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 18:36:53-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - In wrestling, people come to see a win, but what about the seconds, hours, days and weeks before that whistle blows?

"A lot of people think it's just what you show on the map, but in your off time its losing the weight, working hard in practice, and making yourself better everyday," Nick Zimmerman said.

Hours of intensity each day, in hopes of being the last man standing when the match clock hits zero.

Zachary and Nicholas Zimmerman are identical twins in all ways except one--a dramatic difference in wrestling weights

Zach says "He weighs so much less than I do, so we'd wrestle each other in practice but he like pushes me to my limit.”

"If you can get used to hanging out with someone bigger than you then you can pretty much manhandle your weight class" Nick jokingly said.

This duo combined for 351 wins and 4 state championships, and to top things off--last week they got their singlets retired in the peninsula catholic ring of honor

"Getting it retired was a huge step in my life, it shows that dedication does pay off"

"You get what you put in, and this is a good way to show that"

"Every year people and coaches are coming up to me saying wow, they’re still wrestling for you, because the success and dominance has been so long," head coach Ron Kavanaugh said.