Glazier finally gets his elusive Santa hat with dominant effort

ROCHESTER — Cole Glazier finally has his Santa hat.

After years of coming so close, including a second-place finish at last year’s Minnesota Christmas Tournament, the Kasson-Mantorville senior snagged the long-awaited prize given out to the winners of the prestigious tournament with what assistant coach Jamie Heidt called a “dominant performance” in the title 170-pound title match.

Glazier controlled throughout, securing a quick takedown, before showing off his skills by riding out a 5-3 victory by decision over three-time state medalist Jed Wester of St. Michael-Albertville on Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center.

Although Glazier admits he would have loved for this to have been his second or third Minnesota Christmas Tournament title, he’s more than proud to bring home another Santa hat to the Glazier household. Continue reading at →

Glazier using state runner-up finish as fuel in pursuit of elusive title

Cole Glazier, a standout Kasson-Mantorville senior, came so close a year ago, falling 4-2 by sudden victory in overtime in a state championship match. He thinks about that match every day.

KASSON — Rarely do 24 hours go by that Cole Glazier doesn’t think about the 2022 Class AA wrestling 170-pound state championship match.

That day, a large portion of the extremely loud Xcel Energy Center crowd was glued to mat No. 3 where the then-Kasson-Mantorville junior and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus senior Connor Tulenchik — the top two ranked wrestlers in Class AA in their weight class — were caught in a classic.

Glazier took a 1-0 advantage with an escape in the second period, and seemed in control.

But Tulenchik used a reversal to grab a 2-1 lead.

Glazier responded again. Fifteen seconds later, he secured a one point-escape with about 15 seconds left to force overtime. Continue reading at →