Head coach: Bill Hyson, 13th year
Last year's record: 4-8
Top returnees: Juniors -- Norman Jones (171), Joe Leack (140); sophomore -- Chris Beale (130)
Coach's comments: "I think we'll be much improved. I like the team we have. We're solid all the way through, and we have a positive attitude. We are very competitive, and in some weights second- and third-year wrestlers have a tough time getting spots."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Eagles have a total of nine returning letter winners and a huge turnout for the team. While the Eagles have a lot of talent, much is still untested at the varsity level. Most of the weight classes are still not decided. Bealewas 14-4 and is the leader for the team. Look for Francis Scott Key to be an improved team around the .500 mark overall. They likely won't have the firepower to compete for the county title this year, but the strong turnout this year, combined with the youth on the squad, mean the Eagles could be quite strong a year or two down the road.
NORTH CARROLL PANTHERS
Head coach: Dick Bauerlein, 17th year
Last year's record: 13-1 overall, county and Central Maryland Conference champions
Top returnees: Seniors -- Jeremy Myers (103), Tommy Dell (135) and Derrick Pozmaniak (unlimited); junior -- Andy Rill (130)
Top newcomers: Juniors -- Bobby Scheck (112) and Danny Horner (160)
Coach's comments: "I think we'll win the county and the CMC. I think we should be solid to 152. The upper weights are inexperience, but I look to them to do well."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Losing 10 wrestlers to graduation is enough to cripple any team, but don't start to write North Carroll's epitaph. North Carroll is ranked No.3 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. The Panthers may not be the team they were last year, but they are still the big gun in county wrestling. Tommy Dell is ranked No. 1 and Jeremy Myers No. 2 by MSWA. Dell (31-2 last year) is the top wrestler for North Carroll andhas made it to the state finals the last two years.
Head coach: Ed Singer, fourth year
Last year's record: 8-3
Topreturnees: Seniors -- Troy Gourley (160)171), Craig Davis (189), Jason Chapple (160), Bill Mullon (152-160); juniors -- Steve Speck (135), Tom Rheubottom (171); sophomores -- Phil Youssi (135), Bucky Foote (130/135), Dan Evans (140), Mike Durgin (145)
Top newcomer: Tim Stupples (112)
Coach's comments: "We should have good shot at winning the county title. All things being equal, I think most matches we'll be a lot closer this year."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: EdSinger is eyeing North Carroll carefully, hoping to unseat the always powerful Panthers this year. If Liberty is going to do it, 1991-92 is the season. The Lions return 11 wrestlers including Rheubottom, fourth in the regionals last season. While no Lion wrestlers reached the state tournament a year ago, there are no holes in the lineup. The Lions could make a run at North Carroll for the county tournament crown this season.
SOUTH CARROLL CAVALIERS
Head coach: Pete Olson, 12th year
Last year's record: 5-8
Top returnees: Seniors -- Paul McGinley (130), Jeremy Russin (135), Stu Rodgers (160) and Matt DeMoss (189); juniors -- Henry Oswald (unlimited) and Leo Fryrear (171); sophomore -- Jeff Irvine (112
Top newcomers: Junior -- George Bradford (145); sophomore -- Jim Hinsche (125); freshman -- Steven Yokay (152)
Coach's comments: "I think if the seniors can come through and have a good season we'll do well. I really don't have to many gaping holes up and down my lineup."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Injures were the difference in last year's Cavaliers grapplers. SouthCarroll was plagued by injures to the extent that coach Olson didn'tput together the same lineup for two consecutive matches. If injuresdon't follow the Cavaliers this year look for a much improved team. Don't look for a county championship from South Carroll, but they do have the talent to better last year's record and qualify some wrestlers for state championship competition.
Head coach: Solomon Carr
Assistant coaches: Matt Bein and Joe Perry
Last year's record: 6-3, third in county and third in the Central MarylandConference
Top returnees: Seniors -- Shawn Kidwell (125), Tony Wagner (171), Ryan Horner (189) and James Stump (unlimited); juniors --Bill Hovermile (119), Brad Schifler (130), Jeff Weaver (135) and Neil Brenan (145)
Top newcomers: Junior -- Mike Fletcher (103); freshmen -- Matt Warner (103), Eric Jones (112) and Ben Earheart (119)
Coach's comments: "We are going to be strongest through the middle weights. Our goal is to win the county and the CMC."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: On paper, Westminster is a contender for the county championship. The Owls return enough experience and proven records to get the job done. The only weak link in the Westminster chain is the classes at both ends. The lower weights are untested at the varsity level, as are the upper weights, except Stump. Still, look for another improved team in the county.