Glahn brings back the bronze
Tyler Glahn won an 11-2 major decision on February 16 over
Medical Lakes Brad Groce to capture a third place
medal in the 125-pound class at Mat Classic XIV (a.k.a.
2002 State Championships) in the Tacoma Dome.
Glahn decisioned Jorge Perez of Othello 13-2 in first round competition and pinned Octavio Mendoza of Richfield in 3:59 on February 15 to reach Saturdays semifinals.
In his first semifinal fracas, Tyler lost an 8-2 decision to Elmas Aaron Sample, the eventual 125-pound 2002 state champion, but came back to defeat Teninos Nathaniel Hicks, who was down 6-0 when he had to default due to injury. Tylers triumph over Hicks sent him into his match with Groce for third and fourth place. Tyler wrestled a fantastic match (against Groce) and a fantastic tournament, coach Craig Foster enthused, He dominated the bouts he won.
Glahn cheerfully summed up his third trip to state, It was a lot of fun. A good end to 10 years of wrestling. I had a pretty tough match in semifinals, but I came back.
Blaines other entrant at Mat Classic XIV, Richie Tewes, who qualified for State in the 130-pound class, was pinned by Othellos J.D. Gomez and eliminated.