Randy Green said he worked during the summer on dealing with anxiety just for moments like the one he faced Tuesday night.
The Westminster High School sophomore and heavyweight on the wrestling team took the mat in the Owls’ dual meet against visiting Manchester Valley with the outcome in doubt and one bout remaining. The Mavericks led by two points, meaning Green needed a victory of any kind to give his team its first win of the season.
“I know it’s very common, but it’s deep breaths and I try to disconnect myself from that scoreboard up there,” Green said. “I’ve been building up my own confidence.”
Green’s work was on display in the final bout of the night, when he turned MV’s Jack Mueller onto his back and pinned him midway through the first period. The Owls rejoiced in their 37-33 victory over a county rival, one that competed for a Class 3A state dual-meet title last season.
Westminster (1-1, 1-1 in the Carroll County Athletic League) opened the winter last week with a 33-point loss to South Carroll, the reigning county champion. But the Owls rallied Tuesday by winning five of the final six bouts and erasing a 27-15 deficit.
Westminster got pins from Kiran Nagana (106 pounds), Ryder Eckenbarger (138), Dan Kolarek (182), and Green. Eckenbarger’s came with 5 seconds to go in his matchup with MV’s Blake Ray.
Ty Streib gave the Owls some early points at 120 when he tallied two back points in the final seconds and clipped Peyton Collins 7-6. Kaden Bryan (220), a county champ last winter, added a major decision, to counter Grant Warner’s pin at 195 for the Mavericks, and set up Green in the finale.
“It was a great job by the guys,” Owls coach Mike Flemming said. “We have a bunch to work on. Manchester Valley is still solid. I thought it was a good win, a bounce-back after our match against South Carroll.”
Man Valley, which won the county tournament championship in 2020, put together some highlights of its own in its season opener. Travis Green (126), Lee Seipp (130), and Jake Boog (145) posted early pins, and Logan Ziegenfuse’s 9-5 decision over Dan Stephens at 152 pounds in the final seconds gave the Mavericks their 27-15 advantage. But the Mavs won only once more, when Warner provided six points with his second-period pin.