The Poll

Varsity Wrestling

December 04, 2008

1. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

* Last season: 13-10, ranked No.3

* With nine state place-winners and three state champions - Karl Green (heavyweight), Bobby Bowman (152 pounds) and Danny Orem (135) - in the fold, plus Frankie Goodwin, who has 97 wins and 55 pins in two years, the Gaels are the team to beat in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

2. MCDONOGH

* Last season: 19-3, No. 1

* Four-time private school state champion Josh Fitch has graduated, but the Eagles are still loaded. They're led by three-time MIAA and two-time private school state champ Curtis Holmes, two-time MIAA and state champ Alex Pagnotta and MIAA and state champ Shane Milam.

3. RIVER HILL

* Last season: 16-12, No. 14

* Three state finalists return for the Hawks, along with most of last season's starting lineup. Anchoring the River Hill attack will be Scott Mantua (112), who won his second straight state title last year in the 112-pound class.

4. OLD MILL

* Last season: 18-3, No. 6

* Coach Dan Youngblood has three state finalists and nine starters returning from his county and regional championship team that finished third at states.

5. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY

* Last season: 14-2, No. 5

* The Friars, coached by former Owings Mills standout Gregg Kessler, return seven starters, including Brett Przywara, who won the state title at 103 as a freshman last year.

6. NORTH CARROLL

* Last season: 15-2, No. 7

* Junior Mason Goretsas and seniors Jeremy Seipp and Kyle Lemmon return to anchor what new coach Jeremy Myers calls "a really solid team."

7. JOHN CARROLL

* Last season: 32-5, No. 10

* The Patriots were a solid team last season and have worked hard in the offseason to be even better.

8. OWINGS MILLS

* Last season: 18-0, No. 4

* Over Guy Pritzker's 26 seasons as a coach, his teams have gone 395-54 and won a record 11 state titles (seven tournament titles and four dual meets).

9. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

* Last season: 9-23, unranked

* The Cavaliers gave away 18 points in every dual and tri-meet last season because they couldn't field a complete lineup. That won't be the case this season. Five state place-winners return.

10. LOYOLA

* Last season: 7-5, No. 13

* The Dons return a strong team led by seniors Colin Schuster and heavyweight Doug Shaw, who set a school record for pins with 30.

11. CENTENNIAL

* Last season: 12-10, unranked

* Coach David Roogow has nine starters returning, including three who placed in the top six in state competition in each of the past two years.

12. CATONSVILLE

* Last season: 10-4, unranked

* Returning nine starters from last season's team, coach Eric Warm has Baltimore County coaches talking. Among those coming back is Tyler Weedon, a sophomore, who took third in the state at 189 pounds.

13. HEREFORD

* Last season: 20-2, No. 8

* The Bulls are going to find out what life is like without four-time state champion Josh Asper. Coach Ron Causey said it will be better than many think.

14. SOUTH CARROLL

* Last season: 16-5, No. 9

* The Cavaliers graduated three state champions last spring, but new coach Bryan Hamper is excited by the coming season. He has a number of strong county and regional competitors and state place-winners returning.

15. HARFORD TECH

* Last season: 5-9, unranked

* The Cobras return a full lineup this season, led by junior two-time Class 2A-1A East regional champ Brandon Gain, who placed third in the state competition last season.

Others considered: Annapolis (17-3, No. 15), Atholton (18-5, No. 12), Broadneck (17-10, unranked), Dulaney (12-2, unranked), Glenelg (16-2, No. 2), Milford Mill (15-5, No. 11).

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