Westminster wrestler Nate Seibel talks about the Owls' win over South Carroll.
When South Carroll wrestling coach Bryan Hamper stepped aside in the offseason, some Cavalier supporters wondered if the program that has won the past four Class 2A-1A state championships would show signs of decline.
The early season results are showing the Cavaliers have a lot of work to do.
Westminster defeated host South Carroll, 39-30, Wednesday night. It marked the Owls first win over the Cavaliers in three years and dropped South Carroll’s dual-meet record to 1-3.
Westminster coach Mike Flemming was brimming with pride after the match.
“For us, it’s just a huge win,” he said. “It’s about getting over this hump with South Carroll having this dominance. South Carroll has really, really strong wrestlers. Some of the top kids in state.”
After Westminster’s Chase Buckwalter (145) scored a 13-9 decision over South Carroll junior Randall White, the Owls’ Brad Walsh (152) beat Tyler Harbison, 5-4, in the most anticipated match of the night.
Walsh won a takedown in the final period right before the buzzer sounded.
“Brad lost to him in the county final last year,” Flemming said. “So it was a fifth place state finisher (Walsh) versus a state runner-up.
Westminster regained the lead when Parker Streib (160) got a forfeit that gave the visitors a 24-23 edge. South Carroll’s Steven Dahl (170) dominated Marley Warfield, 14-6, to make it 27-24.
The Cavaliers hoped that was the start of a strong finish, but Westminster won three of the final four bouts to prevail, including getting pins from Hunter Myers (182) and Seibel.