1990-91 Anne Arundel County Wrestling At A Glance

Arundel Wildcats

December 12, 1990

Head coach: Buddy Hepfer (21st season).

1989-1990 record: 12-1-1.

Top wrestlers: Seniors, Brian Richards (189) and Pat Beach (Hvy); juniors, Noah Murdock (125) and Rick Gladwell (130); sophomores, Chad Bawell (112), Greg Hepfer (140) and Greg Booth (171); freshman, Phil Meehan (103).

Coach's outlook: "This is a sport of experience, and we lack varsity experience. We only have three kids with varsity experience back. On the other hand, the county's loaded with Annapolis, Old Mill, Broadneck, Southern and South River all having pretty good teams. We'll be all right as long as the kids maintain a good attitude."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Booth, Murdock and Richards are the only returning varsity wrestlers. Booth, who placed second in the regional tournament at 189 last year, is the Wildcats' best hope for a county title at 171. Murdock is in a tough weight class, and this may be a year for gaining maturity for next year. Richards, who was sixth in both the county and regional tournaments last year, has turned his skills and intensity up a notch. Up from the junior varsity are Gladwell, Greg Hepfer and Beach (who was 24-1), and they are talented enough to take the Wildcats over the top in pivotal matches. In any other metro area county, Hepfer's Wildcats might finish near the top of the heap. The Wildcats won't fall very far in the standings, but with the talent that is on display in the county this season -- in addition to the improvement of teams like Severna Park and Southern -- Hepfer's young grapplers have their work cut out for them.

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