You go, girl: Glisan wins varsity match

December 28, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich described the wrestler as "physical, hard-nosed."

Boys' Latin assistant coach Shane Maquess called the wrestler "an animal," and Oakland Mills coach Brian Chadwick, simply, "Legit."

The subject of all the praise was the Scorpions' Dena Glisan, a junior who was 1-2 in bouts yesterday at the Damascus Invitational despite competing two weight classes higher (130) than her preferred class (119). Earlier this season, she was a runner-up at 119 in a junior varsity tournament.

With yesterday's victory, Glisan, a third-year wrestler, is believed to have become the first female Marylander to win a varsity bout, taking her preliminary on a 17-0 technical fall over Richard Montgomery's Emil Tomlinson.

Other girls have won varsity matches by forfeit, but Glisan is believed to be the first actually to win on the mat. Glisan lost her next two bouts, 9-0, to No. 1 seed Justin Haynes of Good Counsel, the fourth-place finisher, and, 6-2, to Walkersville's George Shaw.

"Justin told me she was good, strong, solid," said Skylar Saar, Good Counsel's best wrestler who was a runner-up yesterday in improving to 11-1. "Justin's a pretty good wrestler himself. So for him to say that, I've got to respect it."

Glisan, who carries a 3.45 grade-point average, also competes in field hockey, a two-year starter, and lacrosse. She will begin her second varsity lacrosse season this spring.

"A friend talked me into doing this as a freshman, and I'm the type who is like, if you tell me I can't do something, I want to do it more," said Glisan, 16, who wears her long blond hair beneath a swimming cap when competing.

"I'm not sure about wrestling in college," said Glisan, who is a combined 3-3 with two pins and a technical fall in varsity and junior varsity bouts. "But I'm definitely looking into women's tournaments."

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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