County wrestling teams figure to be clustered at the top of the heapwhen the dust settles Saturday at the Central Maryland Conference championships at Frederick High.
North Carroll is the clear team favorite, and as many as 11 of the Panthers could be in the 13 championship bouts, which start at 11 a.m.
Liberty and Westminster, meanwhile, figure to battle for second in the team fight, and as many as another dozen county wrestlers figure to be in the championship bouts.
In fact, if current records hold true to form, only a handful of wrestlers from the three FrederickCounty schools in the league figure to reach the finals, barring upsets.
Perhaps the most intriguing weight classes are the final three.
At 171, Liberty's Tom Rheubottom, North Carroll's Bill Lubking and Thomas Johnson's Paul Tower seem to be the primary contenders, though Rheubottom has wrestled several times at 189. Also at 189 is Linganore's Chris Butler, Westminster's Boomer Warfield and North Carroll's Scott Coghill.
The heavyweight contenders include Westminster's James Stump and North Carroll's Jim Dill.
The 103-pound class could feature three strong Carroll wrestlers -- North Carroll's Jason Myers, Westminster's Tom Brown and South Carroll's Jeff Irvine. Brown,though, could jump up to 112.
North Carroll's other top wrestlersinclude Tom Dell (119), Justin Deibel (125), Andy Rill (130), Jason Myers (140), Dave Foster (152) and Chris Arthur (160).
With Brown,Warfield, Stump and Justin Ott (140 pounds) as potential finalists, Westminster appears to have the best shot at second in the team titlechase. Liberty's best individuals appear to be Rheubottom, Anthony Biasella (145), Jeff Wagner (152) and Matt Cavicchio (112).
South Carroll, meanwhile, will be looking for strong performances from Irvine and Mike Lermer (125) while battling for fourth.
In other sportsthis weekend:
* Liberty will be looking to climb into the girls Central Maryland Conference title chase with games tonight and Friday.
The Lions (3-2 and tied for second in the CMC) entertain first-place Linganore (5-1) tonight (5:30 jayvee, 7 varsity). Liberty then travels to Frederick (3-3 in the CMC) Friday (6 and 7:30).
North Carroll and South Carroll also square off tonight in Hampstead (5:30 and7) in an important county match. South Carroll (2-2 in the CMC) alsoclimbed back in to the conference race with its 44-34 victory over Thomas Johnson Monday night.
The Panthers are at home Friday against Thomas Johnson (5:30 and 7) while South Carroll plays host to Linganore (5:30 and 7) in a game that could have plenty of bearing on the league lead.
Other girls games include Westminster at Thomas Johnson tonight (6 and 7:30), Francis Scott Key at Boonsboro (5:30 and 7) Friday and Westminster at home against Seneca Valley of Montgomery County in a non-league game Friday (5:30 and 7).
* Westminster's boys had the CMC lead heading into last night's game against second-place Thomas Johnson, but the Owls will be on the sidelines Friday as they visit Seneca Valley of Montgomery County (5:15 and 6:45) in a non-league game.
South Carroll visits Linganore (6 and 7:30) and North Carroll travels to Thomas Johnson in Fraday's CMC contests, while Keyvisits Boonsboro tomorrow night (5:30 and 7).
* The Western Maryland men's and women's basketball teams play traditional Middle Atlantic Conference rivals Saturday.
The men's team, still with an outside shot at qualifying for the MAC tournament, takes on Southwest Section foe Gettysburg in Pennsylvania at 8 p.m.
The women, meanwhile,will be looking to thwart Johns Hopkins' title bid at 2 p.m. at the Gill Physical Education Center.