Key losses: Jonathan Goodwin (145), Raven Coleman-Brooks (152), Wilson Low (132), Michael Waters (182) and Melvin Iwukuoa (220).

Non-league opponents: Catonsville, Dec. 20; at Bel Air, Feb. 1.

The gameplan: The Golden Bears will have to overcome the graduation of a talented senior class, including state finalist Jonathan Goodwin, and the loss of county finalist Raven Coleman-Brooks, who moved out of state, along with a coaching transition. But with a rich wrestling tradition and several strong returners, Hammond is not looking to just lay down this year. Overton (42 wins last season) is one of the best wrestlers in the state, and Anuh, a returning county finalist and 27-match winner, is capable of big things as well.

Bonus point: Goodwin scored 63 out of a possible 66 county dual meet points last season, with 23 pins and a county-best 105 takedowns.


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Howard Lions

Last season: 1-10, 14-14, 10th at county tournament

Coach: Shea Conway, second season

Top returners: Seniors Robert Bruffey (138) and Drew Williams (160/170); junior Jared Rodriguez (182); sophomores Nick Williams (120) and Bryan Crumback (132).

Top newcomers: Junior Isaiah Haley (145).

Key losses: Mike Frazier (285), Kyle Eckart (170), Nick Loiselle (182) and Zach Hedglin (145).

Non-league opponents: at Carver Vo-Tech, Dec. 14; at Manchester Valley, Jan. 30.

The gameplan: Although the Lions have a healthy 32 wrestlers in the room, many of them are inexperienced freshmen who will need some seasoning on JV, so the varsity may have to forfeit the lightweight classes in the early going. New assistant coach Tyler Bulger, a county champ for Howard in 2007, will be a big help in getting the newcomers up to speed. Nick Williams, Crumback and Bruffey are the team's most well rounded wrestlers, and put in a good deal of work in the offseason, while Rodriguez showed a lot of toughness on the football field. Haley, who was recruited to the team by Drew Williams, is a raw talent who could help the varsity by the end of the winter.

Bonus point: Crumback's fifth place finish at the county tournament last year was best among Lions' returners.

Long Reach Lightning

Last season: 0-11, 1-17, 12th at county tournament

Coach: Joseph Novotny, third season

Top returners: Senior Ronald Hindman (113); juniors Christian Ritchie (106), Diego Galindo (138), Konnor Kick (145) and Dan Casey (182); sophomore Josh Pitaniello (126).

Top newcomers: Senior Chris Stewart (285); juniors Troy Roundtree (195) and Deon Williams (220); sophomore Jacob Kim (170).

Key losses: Jay Rathod (130)

Non-league opponents: at Century, Dec. 6; at Glenelg Country, Dec. 13.