Wrestlers' Class May Be Hard To Pin Down

New Weight-loss Rules May Cause Confusion

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December 03, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Wrestling teams could be facing a weighty issue in the early weeks of this season.

Under a new rule from the National Federation of State High School Associations designed to discourage rapid weight loss, wrestlers this season will only be able to drop up to 1.5 percent of their body weight per week. It's a big change from past years, when wrestlers were able to more rapidly diet and sweat their way to lower weight classes.

"It's going to be an adjustment for everybody," North Carroll coach Dave Dodson said. "It's something we're not used to. ..."

For instance, although a wrestler weighing 130 pounds may physically be able to qualify for the 125-pound weight class for his match a few days away, under the new rule, he won't be able to for about three weeks.

"We're going to be waiting a while to get everybody in the weight classes they need to be in," South Carroll coach Dennis Frazier said. "I'm worried about our first few matches. I don't know who's going to be in what weight class for the first match or two. After about our fourth week, everybody will be settled down to where they need to be."

Conference changes

The 22-team Monocacy Valley Athletic League will look somewhat different next school year after changes to the league's conference alignment. The changes, based on the growing or shrinking enrollment of member schools, will have two Carroll County schools switching conferences.

Century will move from the Chesapeake to the Piedmont conference, where it will compete with county rivals Francis Scott Key, Liberty and Winters Mill, as well as four other schools.

South Carroll, currently in the Piedmont, will move to the Antietam Conference, which is comprised of smaller schools from Frederick and Washington counties. The Cavaliers will be the lone Carroll team in the conference.

North Carroll and Westminster will remain in the Chesapeake Conference.

There will be special alignments for lacrosse and field hockey, since some conference members don't participate in one or both.

Here's a look at the new conferences:

Antietam Conference -- Boonsboro, Brunswick, Catoctin, Clear Spring, Smithsburg, South Carroll and Williamsport.

Piedmont Conference -- Century, Francis Scott Key, Liberty, Middletown, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Walkersville and Winters Mill.

Chesapeake Conference -- Frederick, Linganore, North Carroll, Thomas Johnson, Tuscarora, Urbana and Westminster.

College signings

Several of the county's top athletes recently have made their college choices official.

Those who have signed with Division I schools include: Francis Scott Key's Megan Johnson (Morgan State, softball); North Carroll's Katie Hursey (Syracuse, cross country, track), Melissa Little (Louisville, lacrosse), Brittany Poist (Louisville, lacrosse); Westminster's Nikki Cory (Towson, lacrosse), Brett Harman (Maryland, baseball), Madalyn Jamison (George Mason, lacrosse), Brooke Richardson (UMBC, lacrosse); Winters Mill's Jeff Braun (West Virginia, football).

Games on radio

Westminster-based radio station WTTR (1470 AM) said that it plans to broadcast 11 Carroll County high school basketball games during the regular season and others during the playoffs.

To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact Rich Scherr at CarrollSports@comcast.net.

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