Robert Scott and Mike Weber were the area's Class 2A-1A saviors last night at Western Maryland College.
While none of the area schools was in the running for a team title, Scott, a junior heavyweight from Oakland Mills, and Weber, a sophomore 112-pounder from Sparrows Point, turned in state championship performances.
Northern Garrett captured its first state title, winning, 173-153, over runner-up Kent County. Williamsport was third with 116 points. Atholton's fourth-place finish (61) was tops in the metro area, with Hammond taking 10th with 45 points.
Weber, who was sixth at states as a freshman, won with a 10-2 major decision over Rising Sun's Todd Corron.
He gave up the bout's first takedown before settling in and rolling.
"I wanted to get the first takedown, but once he did I stayed relaxed and kept moving," said Weber, who followed two pins with consecutive 10-2 majors this weekend. "Once I caught him in the cradle and got the five points, I felt a lot more comfortable. This feels real good."
Scott then closed out the night and a strong weekend with a 14-8 decision over Willie Leonard from Kent County in the final.
Tight throughout, Scott led 9-8 late in the third period before putting Leonard on his back as the final buzzer sounded.
"It still hasn't set in -- I'm still waiting to wake up. I promised a lot of people -- my mom, my dad, my girlfriend -- I was going to take first," said Scott, who took third at states last season. "I just wanted to stay out from under him, keep the match on my feet."
After placing 16th as a team last season, Atholton continued to surge with the fourth-place showing. The Raiders will have six qualifiers returning, including three region champs.
Junior Bryan Radik led the way, advancing to the final before being stopped by two-time state champ Donnie Yerkie of Kent County, 12-9.
"Everyone worked real hard all summer long. We're losing four seniors so it will be tough, but we have a lot coming back. I think we'll become a better tournament team," Radik said.
Mount Hebron sophomore Mike Mengel enjoyed a strong weekend in his first trip to states, taking second at 145.
"I'm real pleased with the way things went. I came in here not knowing what to expect," said Mengel, who lost a tough 5-2 decision to Parkside's Nathan Kilchenstein in the final.
"He was a good wrestler, but I felt I could have done better. I worked out all the defects, each match improving, and next year I'll be looking for a win."
Owings Mills senior Jason Summerlin earned a second-place finish at 171, scoring two pins early, a tight 6-2 decision over Middletown's John Bisnett in the semifinal before dropping a 3-1 decision to John Andrews of Urbana in the final.