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Hinsdale Central's Tim Glavin wrestles Downers Grove South's Alex Anaya at 152. Downers Grove South HS hosted the 39th Mustang Varsity Wrestling Invitational on Saturday. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Hinsdale Central wrestler Tim Glavin isn’t getting a lot of attention this season — and he’s loving every minute of it.
The senior who wrestles at 160 pounds is having a solid season, posting a record of 25-9. But teammate Brian Allen is attracting much of the spotlight as the top ranked heavyweight in the state, according to Illinois Matmen. Glavin is glad to have him on the team and it’s not just because of Allen’s dominance on the mat.
“I like flying under the radar,” Glavin said. “I’m not big into talking about myself. No one else has had any expectations for me this year so I don’t have to live up to those.
“It’s just me trying to do what I think I can do. My expectations are I really think I can make it to state this year. If I make it there, I hope I can give it a good run.”
There’s no doubt Glavin’s teammates respect him and Red Devils head coach Jason Hayes is impressed with how Glavin has handled himself this season.
“He was voted senior captain by the other wrestlers,” Hayes said. “He has an unbelievable work ethic. He works hard.
“He doesn’t say a whole lot but he leads by his actions. Whether the match is a big match or a minor one, he keeps his composure the same. Some kids lose their composure but he keeps it, even in tight matches.”
Glavin was 29-12 last year at 152 pounds and took second in regionals. He wrestled well at sectionals but didn’t have enough firepower to make it downstate. He thinks this year can be a different story.
“It was a real tough sectional and I don’t think I was as well-rounded a wrestler back then as I am this year,” Glavin said. “That’s been my goal the entire season, to get to state.”
The road to the University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall will not be easy. Hinsdale Central hosts a Class 3A regional this weekend and Glavin is expected to get through. His biggest competition looks to be Downers Grove North’s Justin Bonomo, who is ranked 10th by Illinois Matmen.
“In my regional I think it’s going to be me and Bonomo in the finals and I think it will be a good match,” Glavin said. “But I don’t want to look past anyone. I’m going to go out there and wrestle hard and I think that’s where I’m going to end up.”
Things will get much tougher in the next round. The Red Devils participate in the Shepard sectional and Glavin will have to compete with five ranked wrestlers for four spots at state.
“I don’t think anything has been determined,” Glavin said. “You have to come out strong every match. Anything can happen.”
“We have a tough sectional this year,” Hayes said. “Every match from regionals on can be pretty tough. But I think he can make it out, from his determination, focus and attitude.”