Dave Foster and Guy Pritzker have a common bond. They both are hard workers and share the spotlight on The Evening Sun 1991 ALL-METRE wrestling team.
Foster, of North Carroll, earned his second state Class 4a/3A championship at 152 pounds to gain Evening Sun Wrestling of the Year honors.
Pritzker, who guided Owings Mills to its first state Class 2A/1A tournament championship, is The Evening Sun Coach ot the Year.
Foster is gifted, on and off the mat. He went 31-1 this season, bowing only to Mike Lazich in the Delone Tournament in Pennsylvania. On the year he registered 21 victories by fall and rolled up 58 take downs. He allowed only three.
The Panthers' senior also can handle a microphone. His rich baritone voice and expansive range enable him to sing the national anthem, as he did before North Carroll squared off against No. 2 Old Mill earlier in the season.
Pritzker wrestled for Towson State in college, but even then he would drive to away meets so he could return more quickly for junior league practice.
That was 18 years ago and, next season, Pritzker said he will be coaching the son of one of his former junior league wrestlers.
"Once I got involved with the junior leagues, I couldn't get over the need some of those kids had for attention," said Pritzker. "So many came from single-parent homes. They'd show up to travel for a tournament and there would be 25 kids and no parents to help drive.
"That's all changed now. It's common to have 15 parents in the room for a routine practice, watching and supporting their kids. It has come a long way."
His labor in the junior leagues helps feed both Owings Mills and Randallstown, but Pritzker said the real winner is his wife, Karen.
"I can't begin to tell you how many telephone calls she has taken at all hours, day and night, from kids needing help in some fashion. She's a dream."
And so is the All-Metro first team, selected by The Evening Sun, with input from area coaches and the Maryland State Wrestling Association.