Wrestler of the Year
Hvt. -- Robert Scott, Oakland Mills: Scott was the only Howard County wrestler to complete the season without a single defeat, as the senior went 34-0, and captured his third Howard County title, his third 2A/1A Southern regional crown and his second consecutive state championship. In the state semifinals, Scott won a battle of unbeatens, easily defeating Willie Leonard, 8-2, in a rematch of last year's finals. Scott went on to beat Ryan McDonald of Williamsport, 13-8, in this year's final despite banging his head on McDonald's knee early in the match. Scott also captured the Arundel Tournament and the Arundel Invitational and finished the year ranked No. 1 in The Sun's final heavyweight rankings. "I think Robert got more forfeits that just about any wrestler in the state," said Scorpions coach Brad Howell. "Sometimes I'd have to go tell other coaches, `Hey, can you let your guy wrestle? Robert won't hurt him.' "
Coach of the Year
Pedro Barbosa, Hammond: Only 25, and in his first year, Barbosa was often just as emotionally involved in matches as his wrestlers were. But if his desire spilled over, it was only because he had so much of it. When Hammond was upset by Mount Hebron early in the season, Barbosa quickly shouldered the blame, but also felt first-hand the pressure of running a program with so much tradition. With whispers of Hammond's demise, Barbosa rallied his troops, then watched them run off an impressive string of victories. Hammond won the 2A/1A South region dual meet, finished second to defending champ River Hill at the Howard County tournament, won the 2A/1A South region tournament, then missed winning a state title by half a point, finishing behind Kent County at the state tournament. "I'm a young guy, and I hope to be here at Hammond a long, long time," Barbosa said. "Hopefully I'll hang a few banners."
The first team
103 -- Doug Ramsey, Atholton: Only a junior, Ramsey established himself in an important weight class, going 32-4, winning a county title by defeating Oakland Mills freshman Jeff Plasse. Ramsey followed it up by winning a regional title, then finishing fourth at the state tournament. He finished third at the Del-Marva Classic, second at the Hammond Tournament and first at the Northern Garrett Tournament. In a dual meet againt Glenelg, Ramsey captured an impressive win, pinning his opponent in only seven seconds.
112 -- Neal Nakagama, Oakland Mills: An early shoulder injury kept him out of the beginning of the season, but Nakagama, a sophomore returned with vengeance to win his second Howard County title, pinning Wilde Lake's Garvin Watson. He also won his second regional title, then went on to an impressive third-place finish at the state tournament, helping Oakland Mills finish a surprising seventh. Nakagama went 20-8 overall.
119 -- Matt Ennis, Wilde Lake: One of Howard's six state champions, Ennis lost only once the entire year, going 33-1, pinning Meade's Matt Harvey in the finals of the state tournament for the 119-pound title. After failing to qualify for state last year, Ennis spent the entire summer lifting and practicing his moves, and saw the payoff when he became one of the state's best. Ennis pinned Russell Tebeleff to win his first county title, then won the regional tournament as well.
125 -- Jimmy Davis, Hammond: One of Hammond's true warriors on the mat, Davis won a county title, a region title and defeated defending state champion Mike Weber of Sparrow's Point, 9-3, for his first state title. But the most impressive part? He did it all with a broken hand, which he simply wrapped in tape, and wrestled. Davis, a senior leader for the Bears all season, finished the year with a 37-5 record, and won the Lackey Invitational.
130 -- Bryan Radik, Atholton: The only wrestler to earn first team all-county honors and not win a county title, Radik more than made up for it by winning a state title, defeating Steve Stone of Williamsport 4-2. Also a regional champ, Radik went 30-3 and had one of the hottest stretches of any wrestler during the regular season, beating top-ranked wrestlers Ryan Green of River Hill, Matt Schuster of Franklin and Zac Johns of McDonough, all in the span of a week. Radik was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Northern Garrett Tournament and won the prestigious Hammond Tournament. Radik plans to wrestle at the U.S. Military Academy next fall.
130 -- Ryan Green, River Hill: The driving force behind the Hawks' second consecutive county championship, Green avenged his 7-5 regular-season loss to Atholton's Bryan Radik, winning the much anticipated rematch in the county final 5-0. The win gave Green, a junior, his third county title in as many years. Green went 34-3 on the year, beat Franklin's Matt Schuster, 7-4, for the regional title, and was a runner-up at states, suffering a narrow 3-1 loss in the finals to Westlake's Jon Peters. Green also finished first at the Arundel Tournament and first at the Big M Tournment.