Severna Park junior Ty Broadway is the only wrestler in Anne Arundel County that can claim to be having a perfect season.
The 220-pounder enters county tournament at Annapolis High School on Friday and Saturday as the last remaining undefeated grappler with a 33-0 mark this winter.
Broadway sat down for a Q&A session with The Capital on Thursday to discuss his preparation for the big weekend, how he learned from going 1-2 at last year’s state tournament and what his go-to move is on the mat.
Q: How has your preparation been for the county tournament?
A: It’s been really good actually. Everything coach wants us to work on — motion, pressure, work on our technique and perfect it, like do 100 of everything with our technique.
When I tell you that you’re the last undefeated wrestler in the county, what goes through your head?
I’m just thinking that it feels good, but I don’t want to get too distracted because counties, regions and states is really where it’s at. I’m just trying to focus on one match at a time because I don’t want my record to distract me and then like sleep on the eighth seed or something because that’s how it could come up. I don’t want to lose.
What’s different from this year compared to last year? You went 33-6 last season, won a county title and placed second at regions, but you went 1-2 at the state tournament. What’s changed in terms of your preparation, your offseason training?
Last year I really didn’t have any motive. When I went to states I was kind of overwhelmed. I was the only sophomore there and they were all seniors and I kind of felt like I had nothing to represent there. Now I feel like I have something to prove, especially with my family and from coach’s point of view. He works his butt off every day for us to prep us for states.
It was a new year in Anne Arundel County this season with teams like Annapolis, Chesapeake and Arundel taking big steps forward and making runs at it. How did you view some of those other teams taking a step while you guys still at in the middle of the pack and are maybe a year away?
To be honest, I would not trade this team for the world. … If you have a young team, they’re able to learn from their mistakes and are able to know what they need to work on. From the beginning of the season to now, I really think everyone did a good job, especially on their technique.
You’re also a football player. How much do those two sports interchange and help one another?
I like wrestling because it’s you versus another person, same weight, different techniques. For football, it’s helped me keep my feet. A lot of the big boys go for your legs, so I needed to work on that and wrestling got me better with that.
Have you shifted your mindset going into the postseason?
I learned that I don’t really need new moves. I figured out that I need to work with the moves that I know how to do, and it kind of got me in better shape too. Doing those moves every day, it kind of makes me feel like I’m unstoppable. If you can’t stop my shot, I’m just going to keep doing it to you again and again and again.
I like to say humble. I think I’m humble, but I don’t take crap either. If I see you slacking off in practice, I just kind of feel like, hey, you’re wasting my time as well because I’m in here with you. If you’re not giving it 100 percent, then why should you be here when everyone else is giving it 100 percent?
What’s your go-to move?
It’s a blast double to a turk. I have different ways of setting it up but I just double to a turk. That’s me right there.
I kind of went into it in the summer. A lot of people were saying I should wrestle in the summer, and I kind of fell in love with the sport then and there because not that many people have that mindset of like, wrestling is awesome. A lot of people think of the sport and say, ‘Nah, it’s not for me,’ but it goes a lot deeper for me, I guess.
How much would it mean to you to stand atop the podium this weekend as a county champion wearing the Severna Park gear?
If I step on that podium and be in first, everyone is going to be like, ‘What can I do to get to that level?’ And I can tell them you gotta put in the work.