McDaniel heavyweight champion heads to the NCAA’s Blue Mat

March 01, 2010

By Katherine Restrepo ’12

Brock Glotfelty has proven to the Centennial Conference who’s boss. Not only was he named Wrestler of the Year, but he has earned the heavyweight champion title for the second straight season. Glotfelty, a 6-foot-tall junior from Grantsville, Md., will again make the trek to the national tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he will compete on that sky-blue mat that lies in the center of the U.S. Cellular Center.

Ever since second grade, Glotfelty has possessed the instincts of a wrestler. When his dad, who was also a wrestler, first took him to a high school match, Glotfelty set his mind to being a part of his school’s successful program. And Glotfelty did just that.

His overall record at Northern Garrett High School is 118-17. After both his sophomore and junior season he finished runner-up at the state tournament. To make his senior year even sweeter, he snatched the state title and went home with the gold.

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An Exercise Science major and an Elementary Education minor, Glotfelty wants to become an elementary school teacher of physical education and to continue coaching youth wrestling. His career choices reflect his own childhood and the support he has received through both loyal teammates and inspirational coaching. With Glotfelty’s raw talent as a youth and the tenacity of his elementary wrestling peers, Northern Garrett’s high school program was rock-solid.

Glotfelty says that the key to becoming a successful athlete starts at a young age with the right encouragement from the right people. His deep appreciation for his youth coach, Duane Stein, gives him the motivation to continue to promote the sport that won his devotion.

“I love coaching,” Glotfelty says, his eyes wide and face beaming. “Learning how to coach and dealing with young kids as a teacher enables me to have a good connection with them.”

Athletes generally recognize that success also comes from mental toughness and not letting those nervous butterflies get the best of you. Although there are many wrestlers on the McDaniel team, there are many individual aspects to the sport.

“Your team makes you better at practice,” says Glotfelty. “But, when it really comes down to it, you walk out on that mat by yourself.”

His game plan seems self-executing enough regarding the upcoming national tournament.

“I’ll just wrestle my best and see what happens,” he says in his low-key yet underlying competitive tone.  Maybe this is why Glotfelty is so used to winning. No matter what he has to do, he knows how to keep his nerves under control. At the Centennial Conference Championships in February, he steered away from the gym for a while and decided to watch some of the Winter Olympic Games.

Brock Glotfelty takes the college’s cheers with him to the national tournament March 5-6 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He enters with a 37-4 record and 17 pins. Will he return to campus an NCAA heavyweight king?