CITY: JACOB GLENDINNING, WASHBURN RURAL | SENIOR WRESTLER
HIS PERFORMANCE: Glendinning, who didn’t start wrestling until his freshman year, was named the outstanding wrestler of last Saturday’s Shawnee Mission South Invitational tournament, winning the individual title in the 285-pound division and helping lead Washburn Rural to the team championship by a 248.5-191 margin over Blue Valley Northwest. Glendinning, 15-2 on the season, went 5-0 on the day, including a 3-2 decision over Kansas City-Schlagle standout Tylen Wallace in the final. Glendinning, who didn’t crack Rural’s varsity lineup until his junior year, is ranked second in Class 6A while Wallace, who placed third in 5A last season, is top-ranked in 5A. Glendinning was also an All-City Top 11 pick in football.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Last year he was still making some first-year varsity kid mistakes and we even saw a couple of those at the beginning of this year, but last week was as close to perfect as I’ve seen Jacob,” Washburn Rural coach Damon Parker said. “He was unbelievable. He beat two really good kids last weekend.”
TIME 2 TALK
1 QUESTION: You started playing football in elementary school but didn’t start wrestling until your freshman year. What made you decide to start wrestling?
ANSWER: Coach Parker kind of intimidated me into it, being such a big guy and all. I came out and I’ve always just had that once-you-join-it-you-can’t-quit-it expectation of myself, and I’ve stuck with it for four years now.
2 QUESTION: Last year you were one win away from placing at state. How much did that hurt and how much did it motivate you for this season?
ANSWER: I was one win away and that one probably hurt the most out of any loss I’ve ever taken, just because earlier in the year I had beaten that kid, 6-1. This summer I was always here at 6 a.m. with the football guys and whenever I got the opportunity I was right back down here (in the wrestling room) and I was on the open mats training with our coaches and our team captains, just making sure that I never have to feel that pain again of what I went through last year.
TOP 5: OTHER CITY CANDIDATES
CARLY BACHELOR, WASHBURN RURAL BASKETBALL: Bachelor, a junior, scored 57 points in two wins on the week (29 and 28 points) as Rural pushed its winning streak to four games.
JANSON GARMAN, SEAMAN SWIMMING: A senior, Garman earned four gold medals as the Vikings remained undefeated on the season, winning the team title in the Emporia meet by 201 points.
DeSHAWN HANIKA, HAYDEN BASKETBALL: Hanika, a senior, had 20- and 21-point games in Hayden victories on Friday and Saturday, with the Wildcats improving to 4-2 on the season.
KENNY STEWART, HIGHLAND PARK BASKETBALL: A senior, Stewart scored 17 points as Highland Park won its fifth straight game, a 51-47 decision over defending Centennial League champ Manhattan.
LARRY WHITE, TOPEKA HIGH BASKETBALL: White, a senior, scored 21 points as Topeka High beat Washburn Rural to even its record at 3-3 and notch its first league victory.