Winters Mill wrestling coach John Lowe talks about his team's win over Westminster.
Winters Mill wrestling coach John Lowe says his team has the look of a county champion.
Lowe won’t get much of an argument from Westminster coach Mike Flemming and his wrestlers after the Falcons handed the Owls their first county loss of the season and cruised to a 60-18 victory Wednesday night.
“I think we are feeling pretty good in terms of where we sit with the county,” Lowe said. “We still haven’t faced Liberty, FSK, or South Carroll yet. But half our schedule is done and we are 3-0.”
Winters Mill recorded eight pins. It may seem like a lot, but the Falcons recorded 11 against Centennial and had nine versus Manchester Valley.
“We like to go for pins,” Lowe said. “It’s what wrestling is for.”
Winters Mill — which improved its dual-meet record to 14-0 — got pins in four of its first five matches.
Hunter Lowe (195, 21-2) got the first one when he took down Jack Conrad in 1:55. Alex Miller (220, 20-3) followed by pinning Josh Howard in 1:37 to give the Falcons a 12-0 lead.
Westminster’s Christian Hauffman (285, 16-8) slowed down the Falcons’ momentum for a little while by pinning Blake Billings in 3:03.
It was an impressive performance by Hauffman, considering he trailed 6-2. But Winters Mill got pins in its next three matches to push its lead to 30-6.
Freshman Garrett Dell (106, 20-4) took down Ben Carlow in only 32 seconds, Hunter Merson (113, 22-1) decked Tyler Beaver quicker and only needed 22 seconds to prevail while Logan Konold (120, 17-5) pinned freshman Giulano Figeroa in 1:01.
“They are solid all the way through the lineup, and the most balanced team in the county,” Flemming said. “You saw their experience versus our inexperience. We are still a work in progress.”
Then, Winters Mill freshman Zach Kirby (126, 21-4) won by technical fall over Kyle Rizzo, 17-1, and Colby Unkart (132, 18-6) recorded the Falcons’ sixth pin of the evening with a third-period fall over Nick Wingo.
Westminster senior Brad Walsh (145) improved his record to perfect 24-0 and posted his 12th pin of the season. He took down sophomore Justin Toney in 2:26.
“When you are on that road to undefeated, it’s a fantastic thing,” Flemming said. “The bottom line, though, is that we want to challenge and push him. … Every time we throw someone new at him, he rises to the occasion.”
WM senior Troy Blessing (160, 21-2) and junior Trevor Fawley (170, 20-3) also recorded pins for the winners.
Winters Mill freshman Noah Ocasio scored a 6-5 decision over senior Hunter Myers (10-12) to complete the scoring.
“I was super impressed with Noah,” Lowe said. “He got thrown into a varsity spot tonight and stepped it up. Noah just started wrestling this year. He won a match against a veteran and good wrestlers in Myers.”