Wrestlers To Watch

Varsity Wrestling

December 04, 2008

Kevin Beck

Atholton

* Described as "a beast" by fellow competitors, the junior went 39-1 last year while winning the Class 4A-3A state title in the 103-pound weight class. Certified for the 112-pound class, he will start the season at 119.

Avi Friedman

Owings Mills

* He capped a perfect season and 2A-1A state title with a junior national title at 103 pounds. The senior was 38-0 last season and is 75-4 in his two varsity seasons.

Frank Goodwin

Mount St. Joseph

* He went 49-5 with 28 pins at 112 a year ago and finished runner-up at nationals. Currently sidelined with a hip injury, the junior will wrestle at 119 pounds when he returns in the new year.

Mason Goretsas

North Carroll

* The intense junior finished second in the state in the highly competitive 119-pound class. He is focused on taking the next step this season.

Karl Green

Mount St. Joseph

* He won the MIAA and state private school titles and placed fifth in the National Prep tournament. He is ranked No. 1 among 285-pound wrestlers by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Curtis Holmes

McDonogh

* The junior is a three-time MIAA champion and two-time state titlist at 145 pounds. Holmes expected to wrestle in that class again much of this season, though he said he wants certification at 140 "in case my team needs me there."

Nathan Kraisser

Centennial

* The freshman is one of the most respected wrestlers coming into high school. He is ranked nationally among the top 20 by several wrestling publications. Kraisser will compete in the 103-pound class.

Scott Mantua

River Hill

* A two-time 2A-1A state champion, the senior finished with a 33-3 mark last season in the 112-pound class and is 69-4 in two varsity seasons.

Alex Pagnotta

McDonogh

* Smooth and aggressive, Pagnotta returns to the 189-pound class, where he is a two-time MIAA champ. The senior won his first private schools state title last year and finished third at the National Prep tournament.

Brett Przywara

Archbishop Curley

* The sophomore wrestled in the 103-pound class last season and won the state title. He finished fifth at the National Prep tournament. This year, he is expected to move up two weight classes to 119.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Ben Baker, Pikesville; Bobby Bowman, Mount St. Joseph; Earl Eppard, Lansdowne; Eric Filipowicz, McDonogh; Marcellus Fleming, Northeast; Brandon Gain, Harford Tech; Zach Gerber, Glenelg; Dylan Gillett, Hammond; Eric Hart, John Carroll; Aaron Hawkins, Old Mill; Chris Hoffman Aberdeen; Adeleke Ibironke, Milford Mill; Danny Johnson, Carver; Cameron Kirby, River Hill; Joe Kidwell, Arundel; Brian Kraisser, Centennial; Kyle Lemmon, North Carroll; Dan Le Roy, Centennial; Alex Malinowski, Boys' Latin; Chance McCree, Edmondson; Mike Micklos, Archbishop Curley; Shane Milam, McDonogh; Pete Milijevic, Perryville; Willie Pumphrey, Old Mill; Ethan Reese, John Carroll; Rion Reiter, South Carroll; Alex Rice, Mount St. Joseph; Ali Saadulaev, Archbishop Curley; Benny Schaufele, Mount St. Joseph; Jeremy Seipp, North Carroll; Doug Shaw, Loyola; Bruce Steinel, Atholton; Ron Vaughters, Old Mill; Jack Western, Centennial; Nathan White, River Hill; Albert Woody, McDonogh; Housten Zemanski, Broadneck

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