Archbishop Curley senior Brett Przywara has been a man ona mission this 2010-2011 season, and he is coming ever so close to his goal.
Winning an MIAA title last weekend, Przywara entered the 2011 MIS State Tournament as the overall number three seed in the 135-pound bracket, but his 6-4 semifinal sin would upset his way to a second state championship shot.
Trailing in his semifinal match to DeMatha’s Tito Onyekwli, 3-4, in the third period, Przywara earned an escape and began putting the pressure on a deteriorating opponent with the 4-4 tied score.
“My main thing that I did in that match was to stay moving,” Przywara said. “Even if I was down, I just didn’t let that get in my head. That’s what was going to shut him down; me moving.”
The movement was a big part of what happened in the final 45 seconds of the match, as Przywara moved his opponent out of position enough to set up a takedown at the edge of the mat, earning a 6-4 lead and securing the 135-pound win.
“He was really strong, so that was a disadvantage, but my disadvantage was also in neutral,” said Przywara, who ironically won the match with his feet skills. “That’s all he could do was take me down, and I wouldn’t let him turn me.
“My only thing was go, go, go, go. If I kept going, I knew the score couldn’t be that big of difference, and I’d be able to come back.
“I don’t even remember that the takedown was. I would tell he was starting to weaken, so I just went for a shot.”
With the upset win, Przywara now heads into the 135-pound state title bout against the overall number one seeded Shae Arechiga of Good Council.
“I know I have to wrestle a really good kid in Maryland, but I honestly think I am a pretty good wrestler myself,” Przywara said. “So I’m going to go out there and give it the full 110 percent.”
The MIS State Tournament Finals are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at the McDonogh School.