BENTON — Success has come in heaping portions for a pair of Fairfield High School's smaller wrestlers.
The Glogouski brothers — 120-pound senior Forrest and 106-pound sophomore Blake — head into the Elkhart Sectional Saturday, Feb. 1, with a combined eight out of a possible eight titles.
Blake, who is currently 66-9 for his high school career and 31-2 in 2013-14, won Northeast Corner Conference and Elkhart Sectional crowns and advanced to the IHSAA State Finals in 2013. Forrest, who his 153-9 overall and 32-1 this season, won NECC and sectional titles and lost just one match out of 41 in 2012-13, that coming in the "ticket" round at the Fort Wayne Semistate and just missed out on having a brother duo at the IHSAA State Finals in Indianapolis.
This year, the weather caused the NECC tournament to be called off, but good things are still expected during this tournament run.
The Glogouskis are taking nothing for granted.
"Having that target on your back gets you to work harder in practice," says Forrest, who like his brother has been wrestling since age 4 or 5. Both have competed in events all over the country. "You get everyone else's best match."
As three-sport athletes (Forrest also plays football and baseball while Blake plays football and runs track), the Glogouski boys are used to bringing out the best in opponents.
Fairfield head coach Jim Jones says the brothers know there are no guarantees and that's what spurs them on.
"They are going to have their work cut out for them," says Jones. "They're going to give everything they have on every match.
"They deserve to be (at State) and they are going to work their tails off to make sure it happens."
When they are not fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling or hanging out with friends on the family's 36-acre lot near New Paris, the boys often find their way to the wood stove-heated garage for a wrestling workout.
The sparring sessions are friendly - for the most part.
"Sometimes that brotherly rivalry kicks in," says Blake.
Forrest says it is the people around him — parents Dan and Janet Glogouski and coaches like Jones and Fairfield assistant Jesse Espinoza — that have gotten him to this point.
It's also all the mat time and drilling.
"In wrestling, you get into so many different situations," says Forrest. "Sometimes it's muscle memory and sometimes it's hey! let's try this. We feel it and we just kind of go."
Forrest, who wants to wrestle at the collegiate level, goes into each match trying to be smart.
"You can be taken out of the tournament in a single match, basically," says Forrest. "Some matches are do-or-die.
"A guy who's up 14-0 can turn around and get pinned."
Blake tries not to think too much about the big picture.
"I just try to score the first points (in the match)," says Blake. "I worry about that day and that match."
Fairfield practices are designed to get all the athletes ready for all the basic scenarios.
"Coach Espinoza does a great job with technique and things like changing levels, collar ties and countering collar ties," says Jones. "They know the things that get you the farthest are the basics."
Dan Glogouski, who is a Jones assistant as well as junior high head coach and Talon Wrestling Club director, would like to see one or both of his boys become Fairfield's first state champions. The highest placer so far is Rhys Cannaday (third at 140 in 2007.
"They are both determined to get to State and not just get there," says Glogouski, a wrestler himself at Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, Pa., who took his youngsters to Talon and NorthWood club workouts when they were very young and watched them get expert instruction from many places, including some help from former NorthWood head coach and Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Famer Dennis Lewis.