11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Tim Hackel was Central’s first wrestler to claim an NCAA Division III title, taking the 126-pound crown in 1986-87. He was the national runner-up in 1985-86 and was also a two-time Iowa Conference champ. Hackel posted a combined 72-11 record over two seasons, including a 37-4 mark in 1986-87. A three-time letterwinner, Hackel was Central’s 1986-87 MVP. The Dutch finished eighth in the NCAA Division III team standings in the years of Hackel’s two national appearances.
The tournament MVP at the St. Cloud State (Minn.) Invitational in 1986, Hackel set a school season reversals record (57) in 1986-87.
He is a production planning logistics manager at Hormel Foods Corp. in Austin, Minn. He is also a volunteer in youth activities and with his church, and for four years was a leader with AWANA, a non-denominational youth ministry. He coached two youth soccer teams this past year. Hackel and his wife, Kristin, have three children.