Glotfelty finishes eighth at NCAA Championships

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Brock Glotfelty (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) lost his first match of the weekend but wrestled his way back to finish eighth at heavyweight at the 2009 NCAA Division III wrestling championships on Friday and Saturday, becoming McDaniel’s eighth wrestling All-American.

            The sophomore finished his season with an overall record of 37-4 – the most wins by a Green Terror wrestler since Chris McNally won 37 times in 2000-1. Steve Smiddy has the program record with 41 victories in 1996-97. Glotfelty’s .902 winning percentage was the best all-time by a wrestler with more than 20 decisions.
            Glotfelty, the sixth seed, lost his ability for a national championship in his first appearance at the national championship, falling 6-5 to Elizabethtown’s Deron Sharp in the opening round.
            In Friday’s night session, Glotfelty recorded his program record-tying 22nd pin of the year 1 minute, 54 seconds into the match against Joe Murphy (SUNY Cortland).
            Glotfelty added a 6-2 win over No. 4-seed Glenn Geesman (MIT) to guarantee himself a top-eight finish and All-America honors.
            In his opening match on Saturday, Augsburg’s Andrew Witzel notched a 3-1 victory to relegate Glotfelty to the seventh-place match, where he dropped a 4-3 decision to Mitch Sanders (Coe) – the seventh seed.
            Glotfelty joined fellow Centennial Conference wrestler Rob Kein (Muhlenberg) as the only two conference wrestlers to come home in the top eight. Kein finished eighth at 149.
McDaniel Results: HWT: Daren Sharp (Elizabethtown) dec. #6 Brock Glotfelty 6-5, Glotfelty pinned Joe Murphy (Cortland) 1:54, Glotfelty dec. #4 Glenn Geesman (MIT), #8 Andrew Witzel (Augsburg) dec. Glotfelty 3-1, #7 Mitch Sanders (Coe) dec. Glotfelty 4-3.