Published Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:24 am
Glause, Santin add to Palmer’s winning tradition

OMAHA — The Palmer wrestling room just became a safer place.

Next season, there will not be practice battles between a Glause and a Santin.

"Our practice room is not that large," Palmer coach Nathan Glause said. "A lot of times, we got to yell ‘stop!’ or ‘hold up!’ It could get dangerous pretty quick."

That danger has its rewards. Top-ranked Palmer seniors Brett Santin and Kordell Glause left the CenturyLink Center with gold medals after strong performances in the Class D 195- and 170-pound finals, respectively.

Santin capped an undefeated campaign with a 6-3 decision over Randolph’s Dylan Loberg to begin the finals. Kordell Glause beat Meridian’s Brandon Jackson for the fourth time this season with a 5-1 decision to earn his second straight state title.

"Very good outcome for both guys," Nathan Glause said. "It means a lot. There’s a lot of tradition here between the Santin’s and us."

Kordell is the sixth Glause state champion in Palmer history, which dates back to Randy in 1975. Santin joins brother Riley as a gold medalist. Riley Santin stood atop the medal podium in 2008 and ’10.

"He is the baby of the family," Riley Santin said of Brett. "He has a lot to live up to. From his freshman to his sophomore year, he grew and matured."

While Palmer’s practice pad will have to wait for a different generation of Glause’s and Santin’s, at least there will be one Glause on hand next year.

"I’ll definitely be trying to carry on the tradition as a coach," said Nathan Glause, who has been Palmer’s head coach for 19 years.

Getting back to practice: Did things ever get out of hand when Nathan’s son squared off with his heavier friend.

"Not when I was in the room," Nathan Glause said. "They definitely push each other to get better."

Riley Santin will second that.

"Brett loves to hit the weights," he said. "He has a competitive nature. Kordell Glause is an excellent wrestling partner."

Brett Santin recorded a takedown 11 seconds into his title bout. He led 5-1 after two periods, then had to withstand a Loberg takedown in the final minute.

"I watched film on him and saw where his weaknesses were," Brett Santin said. "He stepped really big with his right foot. I knew I might be able to pick him up all day."

In the end, Brett Santin accomplished something that the three-time finalist Riley Santin did not with his 50th win on the campaign.

"I wanted him to do better than I ever did," Riley Santin said. "He took it to Loberg. He went out there and did what he had to do…50-0 is a great way to end his senior year."

Brett Santin said his brother provided simple advice prior to state.

"Push yourself as hard as you can," Brett Santin said. "That’s what makes you better."

Kordell Glause followed up his 51-1 season at 152 a year ago with another defensive battle against Jackson. Kordell Glause edged Jackson 3-1, 3-1 and 1-0 in their previous three encounters this winter.

"All he does is play defense," said Kordell Glause, who posted 155 career wins. "Actually, I got a couple (takedowns) on him this time, got through his defense."

The Glause-Santin connection led Palmer to a fifth-place finish with 61 points. Amherst ran away with its fifth straight Class D state title with a class-record 241.5 points. Plainview was second with 94 points.

Kordell Glause, who does not plan to wrestle in college, started to think about his repeat title before he left CenturyLink Center last February.

"I can’t have anything less," he said. "I wanted to win another one."

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