After reaching NCAA wrestling finals last season, PU veteran star determined to take next step

Glory’s final blow: Princeton wrestler Patrick Glory (above) dominated an opponent in a bout last season. Veteran star Glory, who reached the NCAA Finals at 125 pounds last March, is ready for a big Finals run for the Tigers. Glory, who won the Princeton Open earlier this month with a 125, is expected to return to action this Sunday as the Tigers play doubles against Michigan State and Wisconsin at the Prudential Center in Newark Contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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Patrick Glory was in pain as he competed in the 2021 NCAA wrestling championship in his living room.

“It was really hard sitting on the couch watching the NCAA tournament in the middle of COVID in 2021,” said Princeton wrestling star Glory, who competed in the 2019 NCAA tournament as a freshman and finished sixth at 125 pounds.

“I’ve had many, many long conversations with the coaches, and it’s like hey man, this sucks, it’s really ugly. Your main experience just goes by and there’s really nothing to do.”

Fueled by that frustration, Glory did something in March, scoring 125 points to reach the NCAA Finals, where he lost 5-3 to the Michigan grad student and former Rutgers star. Nick Suriano.

The heavy-duty game helped third-seeded Glory to victory in his NCAA tourney, beating second-seeded Vito Arujau of Cornell 13-5 in the semifinals for an earlier Intercollegiate Eastern Conference win. Wrestling Association lost to Arujau’s Revenge (EIWA) final.

“It’s great to come back and deliver a message,” said Glory, Princeton’s first NCAA finalist since 2002. His classmate Quincy Monday also participated in the final and he advanced with 157 points. People don’t think I can get to that level, so it’s rewarding in that regard. I didn’t fully convey the message, so there is still work to be done. “

Looking forward to his senior campaign, Glory wishes to deliver a final message.

“The vibe in the room is about working hard, getting everything right, finishing school, leaning on your siblings,” said Glory, who went 20-2 last winter. “Now we have our upcoming women’s program, and they’re with us. It’s been a lot of work. We’ve had a lot of people in our room doing private workouts this morning. We’ve got yoga, and people are putting a lot of emphasis on active recovery. This year we’ve got A lot of momentum, and I think you’ll see that on the wrestling mat.”

Glory is off to a strong start to the 2022-23 season, winning the 125-pound Princeton Open earlier this month with an 11-9 win over No. 22 Dylan Schoffer in the final. Glory, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation at No. 125, is expected to return to action this Sunday, as the Tigers play doubles against Michigan State and Wisconsin at the Prudential Center in Newark.
As Glory looks to take the next step this year, he analyzed tape of his NCAA loss to Suriano to get a better idea of ​​what he needs to do to get through the final stretch.

“I was really bad at watching myself lose, but I finally did it at the start of the summer,” Glory said. “I wanted to break down barriers and just watch it. It wasn’t something he actually did, it was more something I didn’t do. In hindsight, it’s okay, you can learn from experiences like that. I really think , if I had had national finals experience before, I would have wrestled differently. It was really hard to prepare for that.”

A key to Glory’s preparations this season will be dealing with goals behind him as he looks to advance to the national finals for the second straight year.

“Stress is something I used to struggle with in high school and even middle school,” Glory said. “I’ve realized now that the way you win is not by thinking about winning, but by doing the right thing every day. I think it helps me not to put these matches on a pedestal and let them compare Actual is grander. It’s just about “what’s my week like, and how does this week get me going in March?” “By breaking it down and making it more granular, it helps avoid stress. If you know you’re doing everything right, you can trust the process and your technical ability and mental ability.”

The connections Glory made with his teammates inspired him to bring out the best in him.

“The Class of 2023 is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” Glory said. “We’re best friends and we trust each other with everything on and off the wrestling mat. We’re really brothers, that’s the translation. We wrestle better because of the relationship we have with each other. When I think about my I don’t think it’s really about me when it comes to why I’m doing this. It’s even more so about my teammates and classmates because I know what sacrifices have been made. Knowing that makes you want to be there for them more war.”

Helping Princeton move up the national rankings is also a motivating factor for Glory.

“I don’t even know if I can put into words how proud I am to be part of this team,” Glory said.

“I know it’s not always like that. I was really emotional after the semifinals last year because I knew how much it took in that moment, from the Tigers in 2002 trying to get 10 guys into the game to now having two national finalists. coach track [Chris] When I got recruited, Ailes and all the coaches that were put in place for me and us actually got it done, which was unbelievable. “

A native Landau lady, Glory starred at Del Barton School in Morristown in high school and is proud to represent his hometown.

“From the state championship in Atlantic City to racing every weekend at Jadwin has been fantastic,” said Glory, a two-time New Jersey state champion (120/126). “The support from the New Jersey wrestling community is unreal. I never expected it to develop like this. I was lucky to grow up in a state like New Jersey because some states don’t have the same level of wrestling technical ability and coaching — this Everything about the sport. I’m really lucky to be a part of it.”

Currently, Glory is savoring its current situation. “I try to savor every second, and it feels like every day flies by; we’re done with midterms for the fall semester,” Glory said. “I know I’m going to miss it when I’m gone. It’s 22 years of love, blood, sweat and tears for the sport. I just want to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past through losing weight and training a lot.” Struggle things. There’s adversity in school, there’s injuries. I’ve been pessimistic about it in the past. I can’t wait until the wrestling season is over, but I’ve really worked hard this year, so I’m grateful to be here and grateful for this process, and also grateful for the ability to compete because I know it’s going to go away pretty quickly.”

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