Logan Swallow brawls his way to 10-0 finish in Orlando
Well, Logan Swallow’s world is pretty wonderful after an unexpected visit to Disney.
Monroe Central’s heavyweight wrestler earned Gold All-America status after finishing a perfect 10-0 at the AAU Scholastic Duals held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Orlando.
A last minute addition to the Indiana Brawlers team, Swallow accepted an invitation to make the trip by Oak Hill coach Andrew King, who needed a heavyweight to fill out his team. Swallow met up with the Oak Hill boys near Muncie and hopped in a van full of guys he had never met, made a 20-hour trip to Orlando, and returned home four days later as an All-American and with many new friends.
“It was a great experience,” Swallow said Sunday morning on his way to a heavyweight techniques wrestling camp at the University of Michigan. “It was really fun. I was really lucky to be asked. I didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting to go 10-0.”
Unlike the high school season when he knows his competition before he faces off, Swallow knew nothing about any of his opponents in Orlando. Nearly 2,700 wrestlers competed in the AAU event, hailing from all over the country. Swallow wrestled opponents from many different states, from Iowa, to Pennsylvania, to Florida and Ohio.
But like he has so many times in a high school career that has him near 100 career wins, Swallow dominated every foe, winning most of his matches by a pin and a couple by decision.
Until he got to his final match – one he needed to win to finish with a perfect slate and earn Gold status.
“He was a kid from Ohio and I knew nothing about him, so you just have to go in expecting he’s really good,” Swallow said of his final opponent. “I was able to get an escape in the second round and that held up for a 1-0 win by a decision.”
There were high fives all around from his teammates, who had been rooting for their Monroe Central teammate to finish off a perfect trip.
Swallow said the experience can only help him as he heads into his senior season. “It’s always good to face different guys and see different styles and techniques. That can only help you.”
That’s what he’s hoping to do during his trip to Michigan where he can perhaps add another technique or two to his repertoire.
A three-sport standout, Swallow will now put the wrestling aside until winter so he can focus on another passion, which is football. As an offensive and defensive tackle, he’s been an integral part of Monroe Central’s success for the past three years under John Hochstetler.
Swallow had to miss a few summer football practices to go on the Orlando venture, but he said Hochstetler encouraged him to go.
“He told me it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He totally understood. All my coaches at school have always supported me and understood.”
In mid-February, Swallow became just the third wrestler in school history to advance to the state meet. He hopes his experience in Orlando and Michigan, along with the conditioning he gains from hard work in the football season, will help him make a return trip to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
“That’s my goal – get back to the state and hopefully get to the second day,” he said. “I just need to keep working hard and try to keep getting better.”