The new muscle and mind on campus, Timmy “The Juggernaut” Ellinger, is one of many freshmen stepping into the ring to battle challenging classes at Montana Tech this school year. Originally a Billings, MT native, Timmy’s pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Business and a title in wrestling brought him to his new home in Butte.
Coach Dan Payne has been known for bringing champions to and out of Tech. Timmy aspires to relentlessly work for the title as Tech’s next champion. While Coach Payne’s training, lifting, and drilling regimen have been stretching the wrestling team this week, Timmy has embraced his program and found it focuses on getting to know his teammates, acting as a team in the gym and out, and that no athlete trains alone. He inspires other student athletes to get stronger, one lift at a time, and power through each set of lifts.
When not in the gym or lecture hall, Timmy can be found studying with his roommate, Carson Fiechtner, enjoying the scenic views of Butte from the top of Our Lady of the Rockies, or meeting new people around campus.
“I like to talk to people,” Timmy says, “and I secretly love hugs.”
His 5’4” and 152 lb. exterior may be a dead giveaway of his wrestling and MMA career, but underneath, Timmy is best known for his sense of humor, love for people, and passion for giving his best every day, in everything.
When dealing with bad days, Timmy automatically responds that the best advice is to remember, “Smooth waters have never made a good sailor” and that you have to “train like the worst to perform like the best.”
While he admits that he misses home and fights feelings of homesickness, that Butte initially hit him as “Not-in-Kansas-Anymore kind of big” on his first visit, he looks forward to a year full of lifting, training, and working diligently to represent Montana Tech on the mat.
You can see Timmy and the Montana Tech wrestling team in the toughest sport in town starting October 29th, 2016.