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Calvert

Head coach: Mike Free (third season)

Last year: 8-11, 4-8 (tied for eighth in SMAC with Chopticon and Lackey, 10th at SMAC tournament, eighth at Class 2A-1A South Region tournament, tied for 50th at Class 2A-1A state tournament)

Athletes to watch: 106 Kyle Hicks (So.), 113 Stephen Reilly (So.), 132 Kevin Dorsey (Jr.), 145 Mitchell Jewel (So.), 152 RJ Hibbard (Sr.), 160 Connor Sesso (Sr., All-County), 182 Sean Kinney (Sr., All-County), 220 Mark Fowler (Sr., All-County), 285 Jesse Stuart (So.)

Key personnel loss: HWT Michael Benson

Strengths: The Cavaliers will have quality senior leadership with All-County standouts Sesso and Kinney back in the lineup this season. Free said that with experience on the roster, the team can be very competitive this season, along with some promising young wrestlers.

Weaknesses: Free said that no matter what position his wrestlers are in it will come down to execution.

Coach’s comments: “We want to improve on wins from the previous year, to compete and challenge for team tournament awards.”

Key matches: Dec. 11 at McDonough, Dec. 18 vs. Great Mills at Northern

AJ MASON

Huntingtown

Head coach: Kevin Gilligan (second season, All-County COY)

Last year: 19-11, 9-3 (tied for fourth in SMAC with Northern, fourth at SMAC tournament, eighth at Class 4A-3A South Region tournament, 45th at Class 4A-3A state tournament)

Athletes to watch: 113 Jacob Wood (So., All-County), 120 Will Woods (Jr.), 132 Brett Skinner (Jr.), 132 Matt Clark (Jr.), 138 Dominic Sita (So., All-County), 145 Perry Burgess (Sr.), 152 Colt Constantino (Jr., All-County), 160 Colton Rowe (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), 195 Zack Walker (Sr.), 285 Dalonte Holland (Jr., All-County)

Key personnel losses: 170 Matt Hayden (All-SMAC, All-County), 182 Nate Fowler (All-SMAC, All-County), 195 Stephen Athens (All-SMAC, All-County)

Strengths: The Hurricanes bring back two state qualifiers in Constantino and SMAC champion Rowe. The team is young but experienced, according to Gilligan. Gilligan pointed out that the this year’s group is experienced from last season and has wrestled in a lot offseason tournaments, so unity is a team strength.

Weaknesses: Though losing a core of seniors a season ago, Gilligan mentioned that his team will continue to gain experience by stepping up the level of competition.

Coach’s comments: “The wrestlers set the expectations. We have stepped up our tournament schedule by competing in the War on the Shore and Mount Mat Madness. We have also added dual meets against Arundel and Owings Mills. We look to continue to grow as a team and gain valuable experience as we go throughout the season.”

Key matches: Dec. 18 at North Point, Jan. 10 at Owings Mills, Jan 22 at Patuxent, Jan.24 vs. Arundel and Leonardtown

AJ MASON

Northern

Head coach: Matt Smith (seventh season)

Last year: 15-6, 9-3 (tied for fourth in SMAC with Huntingtown, sixth at SMAC tournament, sixth at Class 4A-3A South Region tournament, ninth at Class 4A-3A state tournament)

Athletes to watch: 106 Brendan Coughlin (So., All-County), 113 Brant Leadbeter (Sr., All-County AOY), 132/138 Andrew Pasqualle (Sr.), 152 Eric Hoffman (All-County), 195 Kyle LaMond (Jr., All-County), HWT Cliff Armentrout (Sr., All-County)

Key personnel losses: 120 Matt Moore (All-County), Zach Fanton (Sr., All-County, moved to Japan), 182 Nick Pasqualle

Strengths: Smith currently has 30 wrestlers, less quantity than he's used to, but he's been impressed with the new faces as well as all his wrestlers' work ethic. The Patriots have plenty of experience in the lighter weights (Leadbeter, Coughlin) and heavier weight classes (LaMond, Armentrout) and Hoffman is a win machine at 152 (37 last year) in the middleweights.

Weaknesses: Smith would love more wrestlers and said he wants "the place packed." He's trying to fill holes in the middleweights and said of his newer wrestlers, "We have a few hammers who will score us some points, it's a matter of how many points we give up." He's also trying to promote intensity and a good ethic, practice skills that promote good wrestlers.

Coach’s comments: “It's a very competitive league, so we want to compete. We want to be in the mix; you never know from year to know who's going to have what, so we're just going to work on what we can work on and see where we end up the end of the season. ”

Key matches: Dec. 18 vs. Calvert and Great Mills, Jan. 8 vs. North Point, Jan. 15 at La Plata.

MICHAEL REID

Patuxent

Head coach: Mike Bartley (sixth season)

Last year: 13-8, 6-6 (seventh in SMAC, eighth at SMAC tournament, runner-up at Class 2A-1A South Region tournament, 12th at Class 2A-1A state tournament)

Athletes to watch: 106/113 Stanley Pressley (Sr.), 126/132 Andrew Hall (So.), 126/132 Gabe Smith (So.), 132/138 Connor Furst (Jr., All-SMAC, All-County), 138/145 Mitch Lake (Jr., All-County), 145/152 Trenton Hagan (Sr.), 160/170 Matt Gancayco (Sr., All-County), 182/195 Matt Schlogel (Sr., All-County)

Key personnel losses: 126 Zack Pilkington (All-SMAC, All-County), 170 Matt Bartley (All-County), 182 Alex Moreno, 152 Kevin Walsh (All-County)

Strengths: Bartley said that the team’s strength will be its senior leadership as the Panthers will have a lot of depth in their weight classes, which will be a plus in earning huge points in matches. The Panthers return five 2A-1A state qualifiers from a season ago. After finishing runner-up to Glenelg of Howard County last season in the 2A-1A South Region tournament, they want to make an even further push once again while getting wrestlers back to states.

Weaknesses: Bartley pointed out that in some weight classes the wrestlers have not wrestled at the varsity level before, which will be a transition.

Coach’s comments: “Expectations have been set high for this year's team. We are looking forward to the start of the season.”

Key matches: Dec. 11 at North Point, Jan. 22 vs. Huntingtown

AJ MASON