Old Mill's 160-pound junior Brian Layman captured his second consecutive wrestling title and minutes later captured the sentiments of his entire team.
"It doesn't mean anything compared to the states --we're one-third of the way there," said Layman, referring to the March 2-3 Class 4A/3A state tournament.
Layman (23-0), the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top-ranked 160-pounder, decisioned Meade's Pat Williams, 11-2, to become one of five individual champions for two-time defending Class 4A/3A state champion Old Mill as it grabbed Coach Mike Hampe's sixth county tournament title at Arundel High on Saturday.
The Patriots scored ameet-record 203.5 points and placed 10 wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes -- including a team-record seven finalists -- compared with eight each for Broadneck (second, 151) and Annapolis (third, 138.5).
Old Mill's Steve Lundstrom (103, a 24-3 record), Bob Sugden (119, 20-9), top-ranked Brent Layman (135, 28-1) and heavyweight Don Marco (26-1) all won titles.
Brent Layman, Brian's older brother, also won his second title for the Patriots, who tied Broadneckand Annapolis for the regular season title.
"We came in with the right training and the right frame of mind," said Hampe, who ended his 16th regular season with a 160-22-3 career record. "Everything we've done this year has been to prepare us for the states."
Chesapeake was fourth, with 109.5 points, followed by South River (97) and Southern (94.5). Arundel (90 points) was seventh -- the team's worst effort since a last-place 1978 finish -- followed by Meade (75), Severna Park (62), North County (28), Northeast (22) and Glen Burnie (19).
Old Mill, ranked third in the state, needed Marco's 2-0 victory over Southern's Robert Burley to set a record for total points scored inthe county meet.
The Patriots set the old record, 200.5, in 1987 and came close to breaking it last year when they won the tournament title with 200 points. Before the third-place wrestle-offs began, the Patriots already had a mathematical lock on this year's title, with 173.5 points compared with Broadneck's 139.
Although he was pinnedby South River's Brian Anderson (189), Old Mill's seventh-seed Sun Park (189) was a surprise finalist after having wrestled at 160 poundsfor most of the season.
Park had a preliminary round pin before a 3-0 upset over Arundel's No. 2-seed Brian Richards and a semifinal major decision.
Academic ineligibility prevented South River's No.2-seed Greg Nida (119, a 17-4 record), Broadneck's No. 3-ranked top seed Duke Koblinsky (130, 17-2) and North County's Ji Kim (189, 21-2)from wrestling.
The absence of Koblinsky hurt Broadneck, whichhalted Old Mill's 33-match winning streak during the regular season. Koblinsky was favored to win a state title but now is gone for the season.
"A week ago, everyone on the team said there were no grade problems," said Broadneck coach John Mayberry, whose team is tied with Annapolis as the state's fifth-ranked team. "If I'd have known, I'dhave made some changes."
Broadneck's top-ranked Shawn Miller (27-0, 22 pins) decked all three of his opponents for his second straighttitle. Teammates Charlie Bennett (103) and Roy Brazeau (119) were second.
Annapolis got victories from top-ranked 145-pounder Pat Flynn (26-0), who edged Meade's third-ranked Luther Scott, 4-0, and sixth-ranked 140-pounder Chip Cochran (26-1), who pinned Old Mill's John Bliss in the second period. Annapolis' Tom Sfakiyanudas was a runner-up.
South River's 152-pound Brian Hunt (25-1-1), who was ranked No. 2 at 145, won a 2-1 decision over Southern's No. 2-ranked 152-pounder and defending champ Jason Braithwait. The bout was a rematch of a regular season 3-3 draw.
Chesapeake's top-ranked 125-pounder Brian Eveleth (26-0, 16 pins) earned his second county title with three technical falls.
Severna Park's 130-pound Scott Woodland (23-7) handed Chesapeake's Doug Horton his third loss in 21 matches, 6-0, to become his school's first county champion since Yves Archey in 1986.
There were some mild upset victories Friday night, beginning with a pair by Southern's Chris Boston (171) and heavyweight Burley, each of whom was the No. 3 seed in his class.
Boston (23-4), who wrestled at 160 for most of the season, defeated Arundel's Greg Booth for the title, but not before pinning Old Mill's No. 2-seed Ernie Longazel (fourth a year ago) in the semifinals. Burley (21-4) did the same by finishing Arundel's fifth-ranked and No. 2-seeded Pat Beach in 2:51.
Southern's Braithwait (24-1-1) and 125-pound Keith Trader (125) were runners-up and David Ley (135) was fourth.
"I moved Boston up because I thought he'd have a better shot," Southern coach Tyrone Neal said. "We only had five wrestlers for this tournament because of illnesses, injuries and ineligibility. But I'm more than happy with how we did."
The Patriots got third-place finishes from Vytas Dulys (112), Rick Oleszczuk (125) and Longazel. Old Mill's Todd Hultgren was fourth.
Broadneck's Jon Paez (135), Dave Apple (140) and Seth Loptakiewicz (152) and Annapolis' Seth Robbins (130) and heavyweight Demond Galloway were third.
Arundel got third-place finishes from PhilMeenan (103) and Brian Richards (189). For Chesapeake, Ron Alexander(119) and Shawn Somers (160) were third and Kevin Sellers (189) was fourth.
South River's Jim Chomas (145) was third and Steve Glasgow (130) fourth. Severna Park got a pair of fourth-place finishes from Paul Eheman (140) and Aaron Cree, as did Northeast in Al Grunder (145) and Kevin Shepke (152).
Sam Paik (103) was the only place-winner for North County.