MADISON, WIS. -- Freshman Tommy Glenn (141 lbs.) sat down with UWBadgers.com before practice on Tuesday. The Inver Grove Heights, Minn., native recently recorded three-straight pins en route to the first place title at the DuHawk Open in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday.
In the opening round of the Badgers’ final open tournament, Glenn registered a pin at 1:19 against Cornell College’s Tom Speulda. In the second round he pinned Upper Iowa’s Duane Richardson (55 seconds) and captured the first place trophy by slating a fall over Jason Mozlev (William Penn University) at 4:55 in the finals.
Among many other topics, Glenn told UWBadgers.com what it felt like to register three pins in one day and why he chose Wisconsin. A complete transcript of the interview is below.
UWBadgers.com: “How did it feel to record three falls at the DuHawk Open?”
Glenn: “It was great. I had never pinned my way through a college tournament before Saturday, so it was nice to finish a tournament that way.”
UWBadgers.com: “What does placing first at a tournament by three pins say about your progress this year?”
Glenn: “In the beginning of the year I was having close matches almost every time I wrestled and lately I’ve been able to separate myself from my competition. It feels really good to know that I’m making progress.”
UWBadgers.com: “As a Minnesota native, why did you choose Wisconsin?”
Glenn: “I wanted to wrestle at the Division I level and Coach Davis was interested in me. It seemed like the perfect fit. It’s a really great environment for me to do well and the coaching staff is really good.”
UWBadgers.com: “Now that you are done with open tournaments, what are you trying to improve on?”
Glenn: “I am just trying to get bigger and stronger in order to keep adjusting to the college speed. That’s my main focus right now.”
UWBadgers.com: “What is your favorite aspect of college?”
Glenn: “I have a lot more free time and it’s kind of nice because you can start working on different positions and stuff.”
UWBadgers.com: “You mentioned that you have a lot of free time now that you are in school, but how do you balance school and wrestling?”
*Glenn: “I haven’t really thought the transition has been too hard. My classes are good, so that really helps.”
Several other Badgers found success at the DuHawk Open. Redshirt freshman Derrick Borlie (197 lbs.) joined Glenn as Wisconsin’s other first place award winner.
Borlie notched three wins in the tournament, including a tough tiebreaker in the finals over teammate Jackson Hein. With Borlie walking away with the title, Hein placed second, while recording a technical fall over Loras College’s Stephen Liske in his first match of the day and defeating Coe College’s Stuart Maddox by major decision (11-2) in the semifinals.
Also finishing second for the Badgers were freshmen Matt Cavallaris (125 lbs.) and Timmy McCall (184 lbs.), redshirt freshman Cole Tobin (Hwt.).
Tobin finished 3-1 in the tournament including two wins by fall. Tobin’s most impressive victory was a 33-second fall over Wheaton College’s Jason Geick. Tobin’s “fast fall” was the quickest of any Badger in an open tournament this season. Cavallaris finished 2-1 in the tournament including wins over Cornell College’s Jordan Ng (1-0) and Coe College’s Jimmy Gotto (10-4). McCall also finished 2-1 in the tournament with a win by tech fall (15-0, 5:00) over Dubuque’s Joe Shue and a 7-6 decision over Iowa’s Jim Fahler.*
Wrapping up the Badgers who placed were freshmen Alex Yde (165 lbs., fifth place), Frank Cousins (174 lbs., third place), Dylan iczkowski (174 lbs., fifth place),