Francis Scott Key senior Jon Milstreed finished the Carroll County portion of the regular season with an unblemished 7-0 record, and the 195-pounder improved his overall mark to 19-1 with a first-period pin in his match against Winters Mill on Wednesday.
Milstreed won a county tournament title at 195 last season, and he's the likely favorite in the same weight class this year. He may be sporting a bleach-blonde Mohawk in his quest to become FSK's first repeat county champ since Shawn Eyler (112) won two in a row from 2008-09.
What are your goals this season with it being your senior year?
I've been hoping to just lead my team, just be the best teammate that I can be. And I've just been hoping to make my coaches proud, make my teammates proud [and] I'm hoping to place in the top six at the state tournament.
What did winning a county championship last year do for you in terms of confidence this season?
I felt like I belonged to a higher standard now. So I'm definitely holding that up this year as a senior.
Anything you've worked on specifically to improve your wrestling technique and style?
My stance. I've been just posting my hands a little bit more. Just doing the normal things that Coach [Bill] Hyson teaches in the practice room every day.
How does it feel to be on a team led by a Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Famer?
It's the very old-style moves, of course, but the old style always works. And he has always taught us all of that. So we just try to roll with that and go from there.
When did you decide to shave your head and rock the blonde Mohawk?
I bleached it a couple weeks ago. I figured I was having such a great year, I might as well make a statement.
Who has better hair, you or teammate CJ Goon with his Bruno Mars look?
Well, we both got it bleached on the same night. So I don't know, that's up to the viewers.