EDDYVILLE — When wrestling for a program as esteemed as Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, the odds are stacked against anyone determined to do something that’s never been done before.
Yet, Jeren Glosser openly mocked the spitefulness of long odds by doing precisely that. On June 1, Glosser became the first Rocket wrestler to become a state champ in all three styles of wrestling: folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle.
He won Greco-Roman State Championship May 31 and the Freestyle Championship June 1 at Southeast Polk High School. Glosser, who wrestlers in the 138-pound class, had already captured the Class 1A Folkstyle State Championship last February in Des Moines.
“I was just really happy because after my injury at the folkstyle state tournament [last winter] I had a lot of time to recover and train for state,” Glosser said. “To go out and win it is very exciting and a really good feeling.”
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont wrestling coach Brett Little exalted Glosser’s earnest devotion to the sport, crediting it for the Rocket prodigy’s unbelievable streak of success.
“His training is relentless,” Little said. “He earns every bit of what he gets.”
Glosser, however, is no stranger to long odds, nor is he unacquainted with the combination of discipline and willpower it takes to conquer adversity. He defeated Highland’s Travis Cole 6-2 to win the Class 1A Folkstyle State championship despite a serious leg injury. To describe his victory as gutsy would be an insult to the mother tongue.
“Glosser walked out onto the mat on one leg,” Little said on the night of the match. “His left ankle is shot. There is stuff tore up in it. We did everything we could do in the past 24 hours to get it as well as we could get it. That’s the heart of a champion.”