Glenn Withrow grew up wrestling in Kentucky. A state runner-up in high school, he quickly went into film and over the last several decades, he’s acted, written and produced a number of serieses and films.
On Episode 637 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast, Glenn and his wife Hallie Todd and their daughter Ivy Withrow, join the show to talk about the December 8 release of The Last Champion, a film they wrote and directed together with high school wrestling as the backdrop of this story about redemption.
While the trio have a number of credits to their names, you might recognize Glenn from his role as Tim Shepard in The Outsiders, a book most of us read in middle school and Hallie as Jo McGuire from the Lizzy McGuire series and movie.
As noted in my previous interview with Cole Hauser, I had a chance to work on the film with them and they’re some of the most accommodating and gracious people I’ve come across.
The Last Champion is available for pre-order on iTunes and you can find it on Amazon Prime or Google Play on December 8. Info at thelastchampion.com
If you missed my interview with Cole Hauser, you can find at mattalkonline.com/hauser
SHORT TIME SHOTS (it’s the scores and such, people)
Thursday, December 3
William Penn 27, Baker 26
Baker 33, Central Methodist 21
For the first time in school history, the Statesmen beat the Wildcats. Ray Lugo iced the dual with a fall at 197, pinning Kenny Hartzell at 6:45.
Doane 40, York (Neb.) 8
Friday, December 4
#4 Lindsey Wilson 31, #9 Marion 20
#4 Lindsey Wilson 27, #10 Cumberland U. 19
#10 Cumberland U. 24, #9 Marion 13
Old Dominion transfer Cole Smith was 2-0 for the Phoenix including a win over 7th-ranked Joe Koontz of Lindsey Wilson. Another ODU transfer came up big for Cumberland as River Henry, beat No. 8 Austin Lane 11-5. In a matchup of ranked heavyweights, All-American Patrick DePiazza topped Marian’s sixth-ranked Ethan Bunce 8-1.
Saturday, December 5
Graceland went 4-0 at the Vikings Duals at Missouri Valley as did the host Vikings … of Missouri Valley.
Missouri Valley, ranked 11th, topped Bethany 42-9, Texas Wesleyan 46-3, Dickinson State 34-9 and Oklahoma Wesleyan 44-6.
Texas Wesleyan defeated Bethany, 43-9.
William Penn (Iowa) defeated Bethany, 44-12.
Bethany defeated Central Baptist (Ark.), 36-10.
Texas Wesleyan defeated Central Baptist, 54-3.
No. 15 Graceland (Iowa) defeated Central Baptist, 51-6.
William Penn defeated Central Baptist, 27-0
Dickinson State defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 29-12.
No. 15 Graceland defeated Dickinson State, 26-25.
William Penn defeated Dickinson State, 36-20.
No. 15 Graceland defeated Texas Wesleyan, 29-19.
No. 15 Graceland defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 42-6.
William Penn defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 34-15.
Arizona Christian 28, Simpson (Calif.) 21
Vanguard 34, Simpson (Calif.) 14
This one was actually held in Las Vegas at the Gold Rush Wrestling Academy. Remember them? Yup, as featured on the Short Time with Gold Rush founder Chase Pami back in June.
Southeastern won the Florida Duals, topping Keiser 47-4 and St. Thomas (Fla.) 51-0. The Fire notched seven falls on the day. 300-year-old heavyweight Alton Meeks won his only match of the day for Southeastern.
Doane Cooper/Oppenheim Open was held on Sunday in Crete, Nebraska. Grand View won eight titles. By the way, past Junior National champion Paul Mascarenas is in the lineup for Grand View at 125. Mascarenas signed initially with South Dakota State, then placed twice in the NJCAA championships for NIACC. He saw time in two opens last year for Grand View.
New Mexico Highlands, a Division II school in Las Vegas, N.M. has announced wrestling was one of a number of winter sports that had their seasons cancelled over the weekend. That’s definitely better than the alternative, such as what was featured on 60 Minutes on Sunday.
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Short Time Wrestling Podcast: Episode 637 – December 6, 2020