103: JEREMY MYERS, Jr., North Carroll (30-1)
Myers defeated two previously unbeaten wrestlers to capture the Class 2A-1A state crown: Northeast's Marty Kusick, who placed third, and Milford Mill's top-ranked Gary Harris, the runner-up. Tim Novak, Frederick's Class 4A-3A state champion, was beaten twice by Myers, who had 19 pins (15 in the first period) and two victories by technical fall. Myers lost his only match, 3-1, to Arundel's Phil Meenan in the championship bout of the Meade Invitational. The loss to Meenan (third in the Class 4A-3A) motivated Myers, who ends the season top-ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.
112: ZACK FOWL, Jr., Aberdeen (32-1)
Fowl, top-ranked by the MSWA, followed last year's 31-2 Class 2A-1A state championship season by blanking Wooton's Jason Rubin, 3-0, to win this year's Class 4A-3A crown. Rubin had defeated last year's champ, Broadneck's Charlie Bennett, in the semifinals. Fowl, who maintains a "B" average, also owns a victory over last year's state runner-up, Old Mill's Steve Lundstrom. In his second straight All-Metro appearance, the two-time county and regional champion has 16 pins and six victories by technical fall.
119: SHAWN MILLER, Sr., Broadneck (35-0)
Miller (17 pins) was top-ranked and dominated his class to became the first Broadneck wrestler to go unbeaten, raising his career record to a school-best 101-5. A three-time county and two-time Region IV champion, Miller defeated Calvert Hall's MSA champion Brendan James and a Virginia independent schools state champion this year. He went 34-1 last year, losing his state title bout, 6-5, to Paint Branch's Craig Middledorf. A "B" student, Miller is considering Lock Haven, Edinboro and Lycoming.
SCOTT BIRTH, Sr., Bel Air (24-0)
To win the 4A-3A state title, Birth (16 pins) shed 10 pounds from his wiry, 5-foot-9 body and overwhelmed Paint Branch's muscular two-time state champion, Craig Middledorf, to end the season as the MSWA's top-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds. A two-time county champion, Birth had Middledorf airborne several times -- twice, nearly pinning him -- en route to a 10-2 victory. Birth also defeated last year's 2A-1A runner-up, Havre de Grace's Jim Ervine. Birth is considering Shippensburg University and Wilkes College.
130: JOHN KIM, Sr., Gilman (36-0)
A summer of weight training turned this technician into a powerfully built mat artist. He won this year's 130-pound National Prep crown after consecutive seasons of being second and third. Kim dethroned Mount St. Joseph's MSA champ Shane McCarthy, downed Class 2A-1A state champion Gregg Kessler (Owings Mills) and twice defeated North Carroll's state champ Tommy Dell. Chosen the outstanding lightweight wrestler in the Senior All-Star Classic, Kim has an "A" average and is considering Duke, Harvard and Stanford.
135: TOM DELL, Sr., North Carroll (29-1)
After having placed third in the states as a freshman and second over the past two years, Dell finally captured an individual title, winning the Class 2A-1A crown, 8-1, over Brad Calehuff. Dell, a first-team All-Metro selection last season, ranked second in the area with 25 pins -- including 19 in the first period. Dell has a 91-4 record over the past three seasons and is considering Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
135: MATT SLUTZKY, Sr., Aberdeen (32-1)
Last year's Baltimore Sun Wrestler of the Year became Maryland's first four-time state champion with a 13-1 4A-3A final decision over last year's state runner-up, Larry Green of McDonough in Charles County. Slutzky is making his third straight first-team All-Metro appearance, finishing with a 122-5-1 public-school career record. An "A" student, he has top-notch programs such as Penn State, Clarion, Purdue, Syracuse, Lehigh and Bloomsburg after him. On March 28, Slutzky will become only the fifth Marylander to compete for the U.S. All-Star team in the 18th Pittsburgh Press Classic at the University of Pittsburgh.
140: GARY MRYNCZA, Sr., Archbishop Curley (31-2)
Mryncza moved up from 130 to dethrone Mount St. Joseph's Chad Votta, win his second straight MSA crown and take the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler award. He also won titles at Curley, DeMatha, Aberdeen and Chesapeake. At 5-9 1/2 , Mryncza's quickness and leverage are imposing. He was 2-for-3 against Votta, pinning Votta twice. Mryncza, ranked No. 2 by the MSWA, also pinned Towson's 2A-1A runner-up Chris Kapalchick and placed fifth in the National Preps. His 3.2 grade-point average may land him at Duke, William & Mary or the University of Pennsylvania.
145: JOHNNY MONTGOMERY, Jr., Rand'stown (33-1)