One of Westminster sophomore Jason Brown's five defeats this season came against Liberty junior Justin Muhl in a consolation round at the Damascus Tournament about a month ago. But Brown had an excuse for that defeat.
"I wasn't too down with that tournament," said Brown, who is 20-5 and defeated Muhl in the McDonogh Tournament earlier in the season. "I was tired of being there. I tried hard against him, but I didn't try my hardest. I didn't feel well, and the tournament was taking too long."
Brown apparently felt fine last night, as he pinned Muhl 54 seconds into the second round in their 135-pound bout. That was one of eight Westminster wins by fall as the Owls cruised to a 58-9 victory over the Lions in a Central Maryland Conference meet in Sykesville.
"We maybe wrestled above our means a little bit, and they wrestled below theirs' a little bit," said Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich, whose team improved to 5-6, 3-1 CMC. "They're not that bad a team, and we're not supposed to beat them that bad. I think they just had a bad night."
Aside from Brown, who led 4-1 when he put Muhl on his back, freshman Justin Hughes (103), sophomore Paul Hester (152), juniors Warren Strevig (140) and Steve Stultz (heavyweight) and seniors Adam Tenney (119), Ricky Glass (145) and Jon Burger (160) all pinned their opponents. Tenney improved to 22-2 with his victory, an easy pin in 1:01 over Scott Hasenei.
"That's why he's team captain," Mohlhenrich said of Tenney. "He's one of the hardest workers in the room, does everything he's supposed to do, never misses practice and goes 100 percent every day."
Despite the rout, there were two bright spots for Liberty (3-9, 2-3). Junior Paul Hartman, ranked No. 5 by The Sun at 112, improved to 22-4 with an 8-4 victory over sophomore J.R. Landsman.
After Westminster won nine consecutive bouts to run up a 52-3 lead, Liberty 171-pound junior Tim Sensel celebrated his 17th birthday by winning for the first time in his varsity career. Sensel - whose record is 2-13 but who won his other match by way of forfeit - pinned senior Brian Noland in 1:33.
"It's the little things like that that can make it worthwhile," Liberty coach Mike Flemming said. "Westminster is a very physical team. They are very fundamentally sound, but there is nothing special, nothing flashy. They're going to come out, and they're going to fight."