Wrestling: Streib, Owls have Mavericks' number once more

Westminster senior Parker Streib talks about his pin and Westminster's season-opening win.

The Westminster High wrestling team continued its winning ways over Manchester Valley under coach Mike Flemming.

The Owls beat the Mavericks on Wednesday evening for the third straight year, but they had to come from behind to do it.


Parker Streib (160 pounds) pinned senior Jose Bonilla in 5:25 to lift Westminster to a 38-35 home victory.

“It’s great to have that kind of test in the first match of the season,” Flemming said. “Manchester Valley did a phenomenal job. The match could have honestly could have gone either way. We are very pleased it went our way, but it was a lot of work. Anybody that came out tonight was definitely entered by a good wrestling match.”

That’s especially true late in the match.

Westminster trailed 35-27 heading into the final two bouts, but senior Brad Walsh topped senior Kyle Mathias with a technical fall, 24-7, to trim the lead to 35-32.

Then Streib needed to win by a major decision or better for Owls to prevail. And Streib, a county runner-up last year, turned in a best-case scenario.

Flemming said he couldn’t have been more pleased with performances of Streib and Walsh, a county tournament runner-up last winter.

“It’s awesome that it came down to two of our best wrestlers and captains,” the coach said. “The biggest thing is getting those guys to believe in themselves and take care of business.”

Streib welcomed the pressure that came with the final match.

“It feels good knowing that your team trusts you to finish off the match,” Streib said. “It was a huge responsibility to get that win for my team.”

Jack Conrad (220), Chris Hauffmann (285), and Kyle Ensor (120) also recorded pins for the Owls.

Those points turned out to be huge for Westminster since Manchester Valley had some strong performances down the stretch.

The Mavericks’ Liam Pence (132) pinned Nick Wingo in 1:12 tie the match at 27-27, and visitors went ahead 32-27 when Thomas Chenoweth tech falled Nathan Hohman, 17-2.

Then, Westminster took the last two bouts to prevail and ruin David Dodson’s first match as MV’s varsity coach.

“I thought it was going to be a close, tight match,” Dodson said. “We had a game plan and it was working to a T. We wrestled well and their kids wrestled well. You can’t fault your team. Anybody that was a fan of wrestling saw a good match tonight. It was a good effort from both sides.”