Ty Broadway didn’t play organized sports growing up. He started with football as a freshman at Severna Park in the fall of 2017 and joined the wrestling team that winter.
Just over two years later, Broadway is an undefeated state champion.
The Severna Park junior achieved that distinction on March 7, defeating Manchester Valley’s Grant Warner 13-6 in the 3A/4A, 220-lbs state final at Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.
Broadway was the only state champion from Anne Arundel County and finished the season a perfect 43-0.
A dream that was born a year ago, when Broadway failed to place at the state tournament, came into focus this season before realizing fully on the first Saturday in March.
“Sophomore year when I went to states and didn’t place, I just had that feeling of being hopeless, of having everything at your fingertips and not executing,” said Broadway. “That’s when I changed. It just gave me that feeling of, ‘Yep. I’m never losing again.’”
If it seems bold to proclaim that now, Broadway has been saying it throughout a flatly dominant season. Every time he’s been on the mat, he’s showed how no one can stop him.
Broadway said Falcons coach Trevor Bryden and the Severna Park coaching staff saw his commitment and gave him the work he needed to achieve his goals.
“Then, the coaches were like, ‘Since you have that mentality, let’s work on conditioning, on that motor.’ They said, ‘You’re really fast for a 220. Guys are going to have a tough time to keep up with you.’ So that helped me with my stamina.”
By uniting his goal and the work ethic needed to achieve it, Broadway was never anything but overpowering this winter. He blazed through the county season and captured a second consecutive county title at Annapolis on February 22, defeating Southern’s Jojo Herring in the county final.
Between counties and states, Broadway matched up with Warner in the 3A/4A East Region final on February 29, winning that matchup 19-7.
In the state final, Broadway again met Warner, who he said was a worthy opponent for the state crown.
“[Warner] was my toughest opponent this year along with [Old Mill’s Nate Fleming],” said Broadway. “They can still execute when they’re tired. All they need is one slip-up and they have that burst of energy just to come right at you. It really keeps me thinking and gets me on my toes to say, ‘Hey, don’t get lazy, because if you get lazy, that’s when mistakes happen.’”
No mistakes happened. Broadway used his unique combination of non-stop motion, speed, explosive athleticism and strength to jump out to a lead, work points and secure the final win of a perfect season.
With an unbeaten year and a state title under his belt, Broadway said the interest from college programs is coming his direction.
“I’m going to wrestle in college,” said Broadway, establishing a new goal. “I want to go Division I.”
Still, he relished the completion of his state-championship aspiration. Broadway said the support from his family is what made the accomplishment special to him.
“I just felt special because a lot of my family members, they were there and they were rooting for me,” Broadway said. “I felt like it was the least I could do because of the number of sacrifices they do for me. They came to support me. It was a really touching moment for me.”