Wrestling preview: The poll

Compiled by sports staff after consulting with coaches

December 03, 2009

1. Mount St. Joseph
Coach: Paul Triplett Last season: 19-4, ranked No. 1

Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion; Maryland Independent Schools state champion

Outlook: The Gaels lost their coach and three wrestlers transferred, but Triplett - the school's former coach and current athletic director - has a cupboard full of talent, including senior heavyweight Karl Green, who is ranked No. 4 nationally by InterMat, and Brady Massaro (140 pounds), who transferred from Severna Park.

2. Old Mill
Coach: Dan Youngblood Last season: 23-1, No. 2

Postseason: Class 4A-3A state champion

Outlook: The Patriots return 135-pound state champion Ron Vaughters, who will move up to 145, and three other state qualifiers in Colin Dupree (103-112), Damion Sheldon (125) and Patrick Mahoney (160). Youngblood, The Baltimore Sun's 2009 Coach of the Year, says he has eight wrestlers stepping up from last season's junior varsity county champion and a total of 60 kids out for the team.

3. McDonogh
Coach: Pete Welch Last season: 18-3, No. 3

Postseason: Second in MIAA A Conference; second in MIS state tournament

Outlook: The Eagles lost seven starters, including five state champions, but the Eagles also have seven starters back. Seniors Scott Patrick (171) - who finished runner-up in the MIAA tournament - Josh Hengen (130), Max Sataloff (125-130) and junior Mitch Bode (125-130) will anchor the team.

4. Arundel
Coach: Jim Rubush Last season: 11-3, unranked

Postseason: 18th in 4A-3A state tournament

Outlook: The Wildcats will be strong with the addition of nationally ranked transfer Frankie Goodwin (125-130, No. 5 by InterMat high school rankings) and his fiery brother Tyler (119-125), an MIAA champion, from Mount St. Joseph. The Goodwins will find strong support from nine experienced teammates including sophomore Logan Reece, a 103-pound county champ who placed at states, and Kent Island transfer Matt Berry (152-160).

5. Archbishop Spalding
Coach: Mike Laidley Last season: 20-4. No. 5

Postseason: Third in MIS state tournament

Outlook: The Cavaliers were somewhat of a surprise last season but won't be this time around. Fortunately for them, they've got the power to back up the reputation: Spalding returns eight state qualifiers, including 171-pound state runner-up Kvaunte Smith, a junior, and two other state second-place finishers in Charlie Lynch and Brady Gaynor.

6. Winters Mill
Coach: John Lowe Last season: 14-2, No. 6

Postseason: Third in 2A-1A state tournament

Outlook: The Falcons return four state place winners - Keith Steine (125), Myzar Mendoza (130), Gus Mohlhenrich (152) and Justin Kozera (215) - and should benefit from an unusually high number of experienced freshmen with junior league experience.

7. North County
Coach: Don Foderaro Last season: 18-9, unranked

Postseason: 24th in 4A-3A state tournament

Outlook: Arundel isn't the only Anne Arundel County team benefiting from transfers. The Knights, who already had two-time 189-pound state runner-up Pat Carey, now get Loch Raven transfer Pat Downey, the 160-pound state champ who is ranked No. 5 nationally by InterMat. Former Glen Burnie sophomore Pat Hyde, third in regionals and a state qualifier, also comes aboard.

8. Hereford
Coach: Ron Causey Last season: 20-5, No. 9

Postseason: 13th in 4A-3A state tournament

Outlook: The Bulls return nine starters, including captains Matt Swiger (125), John (140) and Jim (152) Volz, Eric Wheeler (145) and Taylor Gload (215). Gload finished fourth at states and expects to be in contention for a title this season.

9. Owings Mills
Coach: Guy Pritzker Last season: 17-1, No. 7

Postseason: Fourth in 2A-1A state tournament

Outlook: A flock of veterans return, including seniors Brian Richardson (125), Brandon Millman (130), Jordan Trujillo (145) and Abe Tadros (215) and sophomore Warren Mack (103). Watch out for freshmen Demetrious Johnson (119) and Dan Grossman (112).

10. Archbishop Curley
Coach: Gregg Kessler Last season: 13-10, No. 8

Postseason: Fourth in MIS state tournament

Outlook: The Friars will look to shake things up in the MIAA this season. Returning five state place winners in juniors Vince Scarinzi (103), Brett Przywara (125) and Anthony Williams (160) and seniors Joe Nelson (130) and Leo Johnson (215), Kessler believes he will field a strong, close-knit team.

11. Glenelg
Coach: Scott Delpo Last season: 11-3, unranked

Postseason: 13th in 2A-1A state tournament

Outlook: The Gladiators return three state place winners - seniors Brendan Conway (130), Zack Gerber (130) and Mike O'Leary (160). Delpo says he doesn't want to give anything away, but he returns most of last year's starting lineup.

12. Reservoir
Coach: Ryan Kanaskie Last season: 21-2, No. 10

Postseason: 20th in 4A-3A state tournament

Outlook: Reservoir's strength a year ago was in the sum of its parts and will be again this season. The Gators return 10 wrestlers from last season's squad, including seven seniors, giving the Gators their most experienced team in years.

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