Top returners: Senior Nick Shearin (160); juniors Hutson Baumann (145) and Sam Boulos (152).
Top newcomers: Junior Matt Nickell (120); sophomore Sam Routt (126); freshman Austin Kraisser (138).
Key losses: Nathan Kraisser (126), Joey Wysocki (160) and Benjamin Tucker (170).
Non-league opponents: at Arundel, Dec. 14; at John Carroll, Dec. 20; at Southern, Jan. 31.
The gameplan: Because of his pedigree, Kraisser is the team's most intriguing wrestler, but he's not the only Eagles attraction. Boulos, Baumann and Shearin all won double digit matches last year, and have worked hard in the offseason. Roogow was also impressed by the strides made by Nickell and Routt in the offseason, and he likes that many of his best wrestlers are clustered between 120 and 160.
Bonus point: Nathan Kraisser won the NC State Wolfpack Open in early November, and heading into winter break, is 15-3 with four pins and four major decisions as North Carolina's freshman 125-pounder.
Last season: 10-1, 18-7, 1A/2A South dual meet and tournament regional champion, county dual meet and tournament runner-up
Coach: Chris Rosas, third season
Top returners: Seniors Ryan Carter (138), Anthony Pagnotta (170) and Sean Twigg (285); juniors Austin Pagnotta (145) and Joe Zoller (152); sophomore Tim Null (106/112).
Top newcomers: Sophomore Austin Twigg (182/195); freshman Parker Griffie (113/120).
Key losses: Justin Jung (220), Glenn Lucas (182), Tyler Asher (170) and Ricky Gezelle (120).
Non-league opponents: at LaPlata, Jan. 10.
The gameplan: The Gladiators, who have won four dual meet county titles since 2007, are looking good again this winter. Along with the senior leadership of Carter, Pagnotta and Twigg — who combined for 100 wins last year — Glenelg got another influx of new talent. Twigg's younger brother, Austin, is coming off of a 60-pound growth spurt, and wants to make his own name. Griffie had an impressive junior league career as a Warhawk, and has developed a good practice room rivalry with Null.
Bonus point: Anthony Pagnotta, a face-off specialist, has committed to play Division I college lacrosse for Towson University next year.
Hammond Golden Bears
Last season: 3-8, 14-14, eighth at county tournament, New Town Duals champion
Coach: Patrick Kepp, first season
Top returners: Seniors Bryan Overton (160), Josh Thibodeaux (170) and Humphrey Anuh (195); junior Evan Nuss (132).
Top newcomers: Junior Xavier Reese (145); sophomore Anthony Solis (138); freshman Darren Ketchum (120/126).