Westminster senior Brad Walsh talks about his perfect record and going for a coveted state title.

It's an understatement to say Westminster senior Brad Walsh take his academics seriously.

He has maintained a 4.5 weighted grade-point average while taking Advanced Placement classes in physics, calculus, statistics, literature, psychology, and other challenging subjects.


“By the end of my senior year I will have taken 13 AP classes in total,” said Walsh.

Walsh said he already knows what he wants to do for a career — he dreams of one day working as an investment banker on Wall Street.

As a wrestler, Walsh has had a similarly spectacular run in his four-year career and things have gone especially well this winter.

He's 41-0 at 145 pounds with 23 pins and plenty of swagger.

“Brad just believes he can win against everybody he wrestles,” Westminster coach Mike Flemming said.

Walsh will likely surpass the 43 wins he compiled last season as a junior. In fact, he could approach or surpass the 50-win mark.

“I think that would be one of the highest win totals for a wrestlers in Carroll County history,” Flemming said.

The 17-year-old Walsh attributes his improvement this season to a more aggressive attitude and a sharper focus on details.

Westminster's Brad Walsh and South Carroll's Tyler Harbison wrestle during their 152-pound bout in Winfield Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.
Westminster's Brad Walsh and South Carroll's Tyler Harbison wrestle during their 152-pound bout in Winfield Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

“I would say the difference between this season and past seasons is honing in the little things in every single practice,” Walsh explained. “Making sure I perfect the little things. And definitely mentality.

“I have gotten a lot more aggressive this year. I am going into every single match knowing I am going to win and not being worried about who I was wrestling.”

The accomplishments keep piling up for Walsh, who wrestled for six seasons in the Winfield Warriors wrestling program.

Walsh became Westminster’s all-time leader in wins with 147 when he recorded a second period pin over Nick Brinkley from Tuscarora on Jan. 24.

He has won at least 32 matches in each of his four seasons.

He’s currently ranked second for his weight class in Class 4A-3A by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, and fifth overall at 145.


(Centennial junior Jason Kraisser, a state champion last winter, is first in Walsh’s weight class in both MSWA rankings.)

“It was a goal of mine since my freshman year,” Walsh said of the career wins mark. “My friend, [Ryker] Eckenbarger, had it before me and he was pushing me to get it. He felt honored. I was breaking it and I felt honored I was able to break it.”

Walsh is certainly glad he has gotten to shadow Eckenbarger, who is one of the top wrestlers at McDaniel College.

Eckenbarger has helped make him a better all-around grappler, Walsh said.

“I wrestle him all the time,” Walsh said. “I have thanked him for everything he has done for me because without him, I wouldn’t have been able to break that record.”

Like Eckenbarger, Walsh would like to win a state championship.

Walsh finished fifth in the state as a sophomore last year at 138, while also placing second in the county and region.

“That’s the end game,” Walsh said. “I am in a well-rounded weight class. There is a lot of depth. I believe I can do it and have a good shot this year.”

Added Flemming: “It’s one thing to do it, but Brad has the confidence and ability to do it.”

Walsh has had some eye-catching performances at various tournaments this season.

He went 10-0 at the Duals at Westminster, 9-0 at the Hammond Duals and 8-0 in the Grindstone Duals.

But keeping that perfect record intact is more important than any of those tournament results. And there’s a lot of pressure that comes with doing it.

Walsh says friends and fellow students are constantly asking him about staying unbeaten.

“I think it takes a special mindset to do that,” Flemming said. “I have seen kids who have gone undefeated and there is an even keel temperament that they have. Brad has that.”

Westminster assistant wrestling coach Chip Moledina agrees.

“He is never up and down,” Moledina said. “He is very focused mentally. We have tried to match him up with the best competition in the state and he has excelled at it. It’s been fun to watch him.”