Mack Glasby wasn't overconfident before the finals of the Section 8-3A individual wrestling tournament.
The Brainerd sophomore could have been.
He had beaten St. Cloud Tech's Ben Johnson, his opponent in the finals, 3-1 a week earlier in the section dual meet tournament. That match was scoreless until the third period when Glasby seized a 3-0 lead and held off Johnson.
In the section individual final, Glasby wrestled assertively and beat Johnson 4-2 for the title and his first trip to state.
"I didn't know what to expect," he said. "It's a whole different ballgame come individual section time.
"It was a close match to start with. I wasn't overconfident. I just had to go out, wrestle him and hopefully beat him."
Warriors co-head coach Mike Boran said Glasby is confident, but not cocky.
"One thing about Mack is he always keeps matches close and puts himself in position to win," Boran said. "In the section final the only guarantee you have to go state is to win that match and not have a true-second (match) and that's what he went out and did."
Boran doesn't consider it a surprise that Glasby qualified for state in his second season of varsity wrestling.
"We knew looking at his weight class that if he wrestled well he could do well, but as a sophomore you never know," Boran said. "He's really matured over the last couple years and has developed into a very good wrestler."
Glasby (24-12), who placed fifth in the section as a freshman, thought qualifying for state this season was a realistic goal.
"Coming into the year every kid I lost to in the section last year graduated," he said. "I thought it left a pretty wide open section for anybody.
"When I saw the bracket Saturday I knew it wouldn't be easy. Every kid in my bracket was a solid wrestler. There were not really any slouches."
Glasby watched the state tournament last year at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul so he shouldn't be in awe of the facility, site of the four-day state tournament through Saturday.
"I think it's pretty cool," he said. "I'm pretty excited to go down there and wrestle, maybe I'll win a match or two. I've already fulfilled my goal. Anything that happens down there is extra."
Weight: 140 pounds
Career highlight: Qualifying for state tournament
Grade-point average: 3.83
Favorite subject: Phy ed
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite Web site: www.guillotine.com
Hobbies: Riding dirt bikes and snowmobiles, ice fishing
Future plans: Attend college
Wrestler he admires: Olympic wrestler Jake Deitchler
Parents: Marty and Teresa Glasby
Glasby wrestled much of the regular season at 145 pounds and even wrestled a few matches at 152.
"At the end of the season he wanted to go down to 140 and be the guy there," Boran said. "It worked out really well for him."
Other notable efforts:
• Brandon Mutz, Luke Boran, Andrew Wachsmuth and Chad Ohman, wrestling, qualified for state.
• Jared Anderson, Michael Brekken, Michael Ruen, Evan Reese, Andrew Goll, Alek Rudstrom and Jake Larson, swimming, qualified for state.
• Britton Murrey, diving, qualified for state.
• Kyle Crocker, basketball, scored 24 points against Moorhead.
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