Sherwood two-sport athlete is aiming for the sky, literally
Often, the best things don't come easy. Sherwood's Seth Glenn understands that.
The senior wrestler is 19-0 after pinning his Newberg opponent in last week's dual meet versus the Tigers, and a season removed from a third-place finish at both the Pacific Conference district championships and the 6A state wrestling championships last spring. But despite his success, and a rich family tradition, this Bowmen standout knows it's the work, not the results that have made him who he is today.
"Wrestling is definitely a sport that I grew into a little bit," Glenn said. "The practices suck, and it's hard, but the self-discipline and the character you build in yourself is really something you can't get out of anything else, and that's where the winning comes from.
"It's a real challenge, but it's so rewarding when you finish out the year."
Glenn, whose father Scott won three state titles at West Albany and was an All-American at the University of Oregon in 1991, has been wrestling since he was of kindergarten age. He started in a "little guy" program, graduated to the Sherwood youth team — which his dad coached — until middle school. Since then, he has been training at All-Phase Wrestling in West Linn and competing for Sherwood High School.
Seth Glenn credits much of his success to his hard work, but even more of it to his dad, who remains his "coach" to this day.
"He's helped me a lot and is basically my coach no matter where I'm at," Seth Glenn said. "He knows my style, and what I'm good and not good at, so he knows how to help me. I've been really spoiled to have him in my corner."
The senior's third-place finishes at last year's Pacific Conference district championships and state meet were impressive, but this year, he seems to be operating at an even higher level, with an undefeated record plus a big win at the prestigious Rollie Lane Invitational in Boise, Idaho, an event that pitted many of the West region's best prep wrestlers against one another over two days this past month.
Sherwood head coach Jeff Wilson has coached Glenn for the last four years and watched him a bit as a youth wrestler prior to entering the high school. He speaks glowingly about the senior grappler, but Wilson said it's important to remember that his success has been the product of his commitment to the sport and the work he's been willing to put in.
"It is because of Seth's attention to detail, commitment, and hard work that he has shown such significant progress," Wilson said. "He has gone from a freshman who had some struggles to a senior who is competing and winning at an elite level.
"Seth wasn't always the elite athlete that he is today, and things haven't always come easy for him. He has gotten where he is right now as a student athlete and young man because he has overcome those obstacles, he has stayed the course, and most of all, because he has worked incredibly hard."
And the mat isn't the only athletic arena in which that work's paid off. Glenn was a standout for the Bowmen on the football field as well, earning first-team all-conference honors as both a running back and linebacker.
Sherwood started the year 0-4 but won its final five regular season games en route to a Pacific Conference title, then defeated Sandy and No. 5-ranked West Salem before losing in the state quarterfinals to eventual state champion Central Catholic.
The team had only 12 seniors on the roster, just four of whom started, so their inexperience coupled with a daunting beginning to the schedule led to their uninspiring start. Glenn said because of that, he had to play more of a leadership role this season. As a result, he enjoyed their eventual success that much more.
"There was a lot of talent, but when we got off to that start I was like, 'Man, this season's not going anywhere because these guys just don't know how to put in the effort,'" Glenn said. "But I feel like our seniors really harped on them a bit and helped them be better football players and focus on practice. They just didn't know that, and I feel like once they figured that out, it was pretty good from there."
And Glenn enjoyed watching that process and said he thinks that'll really help the team going forward.
"I made a lot of friends from those younger guys," he said. "We spent a lot of time together, and those guys made big jumps. I'm really excited to see what they do next year."
Glenn, however, will be in college next season — potentially wrestling, but maybe not. He's been looking at Utah State University and Utah Valley University. While he's still open to the possibility of wrestling in college, it's the schools' aviation curriculum that has them squarely in his sights.
"I think it'd be really cool to be a commercial pilot," Glenn said. "Ever since I was a kid, I've really been interested in that. I remember my grandma would drive to the airport when I was a kid and we'd just watch planes for a while, maybe eat and go home. The lifestyle, the traveling, obviously the flying — it's just always been something I've been interested in."
Glenn is aiming for both a league and state title this year on the mat, and Wilson said he's got a legitimate chance at both. But while he's looking forward to that opportunity, Glenn said he really just tries to focus on the here and now when he gets to the mat — no matter who's standing in front of him.
"This year I've decided to take a step back and just wrestle whoever's there," he said. "I haven't been looking at brackets, because I don't like to psych myself out. But I feel good right now and feel like I've really cleaned stuff up and am way more solid, so we'll see what happens."
Whatever he does and however it turns out, Glenn will always have a fan in his coach.
"Seth is just an incredibly impressive human being," Wilson said. "He is just a pleasure to be around and a great leader for our program."
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