Glenwood’s Wilson wins PI’s Male Athlete of the Month
Capping off a historic senior season on the mat with a second consecutive 4A state championship, Glenwood’s Myles Wilson continues to add to his individual accolades by winning the Post Independent’s Male Athlete of the Month award.
While the PI’s award may not have been expected, what was expected throughout the season for the Glenwood Springs Demons’ wrestling team was that Wilson would once again stand tall on the podium at the end of the season with another state championship, this time at the 182-pound weight class.
Consider it a mission accomplished for the University of Iowa signee, who topped Pueblo County’s Dante Garcia (10-0) to finish his senior season 51-0, tying the state record for most wins in a year, while also setting the state career wins record with 189.
“It didn’t really feel much different from the first state championship that I won last season,” Wilson said. “But at the same time, it was kind of expected of me. Coaches from Glenwood and coaches from Iowa expected it, so I just had to do what I had to do. There was a little sense of relief after winning it. I’d say I was a little more nervous before the match this year than the year before because I was expected to win, so there was a little bit more pressure.”
But despite having all of that pressure on him heading into the state meet at the Pepsi Center, Wilson — according to Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook — was as loose and relaxed as he’d ever seen him. That, Wilson said, had a lot to do with confidence despite the mounting pressure.
“I just knew going in that I’d be able to beat anyone if I just wrestled how I know how to wrestle,” Wilson said. “At that point I knew that I was better than anyone as long as I didn’t choke. You have to be relaxed on the mat and be confident. I just went out there and honestly did what I had to do.”
Wrestling has been Wilson’s passion since giving the sport a go as a sixth-grader at the Glenwood Recreation Center. The decision came down to playing basketball or wrestling. With his father having a background in wrestling, it became an easy decision for Wilson to give the world’s oldest form of combat a try. Ever since then, the sport has held Wilson’s attention year-round. The Glenwood standout travels the country competing against some of the best wrestlers out there, which has allowed him to build up a strong resume on the mat.
That exposure around the country, as well as his terrific career at Glenwood, led to Wilson signing with the Big Ten powerhouse Hawkeyes to wrestle under coaches Tom and Terry Brands.
While at Iowa, Wilson will not only look to win a Big Ten title and a national championship; the Glenwood native hopes to earn a spot on a future U.S. Olympic roster. But when not on the mat, Wilson will have his hands full as he plans on majoring in pre-med and biology.
That interest in pre-med actually started when Wilson broke his collarbone in eighth grade.
“That was the only bone I’ve ever broken, so I became interested in what happened behind the scenes and why things work the way they do,” Wilson said. “But with biology, I love being outdoors hunting and fishing, so I find that subject really intriguing because I like to find out why things are the way they are in the outdoors.”
A quiet young man, the exposure can sometimes be overwhelming for Wilson, but coming home to Glenwood following his record-setting win in the state championship match was quite a bit of fun.
“It was pretty cool to come home and see the reaction that I got, especially being only the second two-timer in school history,” Wilson said. “My family and friends were very supportive, and I had a lot of people who grabbed those editions of the paper for me with me on the front of it. That was pretty cool. School was pretty cool too, because we had an assembly where they announced how all the winter athletes did, so to be recognized there was pretty cool, too. A lot of the outpouring of support came through Facebook the next day, but teachers and other students in school were really supportive.”
When not on the map or in the gym trying to improve his technique, Wilson likes to get away in the outdoors, regardless of what it is.
“I really like to hunt and fish,” Wilson said. “That’s basically all I do; I’m either in the gym or in the woods when I’m not in school. It’s a place for me to relax and relieve yourself from the pressure, because sometimes that pressure can get to you. The accolades and attention can get overwhelming at times, but I guess at this point it is what it is; this is what every athlete works towards. But I hope that all of this set me up for success at Iowa, because I’m so excited to get there and start competing.”
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