Oakland Mills Scorpions
Last season: 9-2, 24-7, third at county tournament, District V Duals champion
Coach: Brad Howell, 15th season
Top returners: Seniors Zach Hensley* (120), Dominick Clarke (195) and Roy Kadje (285); juniors Anthony Ahumada (132) and Dylan Juskus (170); sophomore Jaron Smith (160).
Top newcomers: Sophomores Matt Claxton (138) and Bradley Montacino (152); freshman Dakota Thompson (106).
Key losses: Tony Farace (120), David Ulysse (152), Ryan Andrews (138), Tyrone Gaines (195) and Will Hester (220).
Non-league opponents: at Overlea, Dec. 13; at LaPlata, Jan. 10; at Catonsville, Jan. 31.
The gameplan: The Scorpions will have to get used to life after Farace and his 150 career wins, but Hensley is a great wrestler in his own right, entering this season with 104 career wins. A two-time defending county champ, Hensley is 82-5 over the past two seasons, having finished third and second at the state tournament. Smith (fifth) and Kadje (fourth), both 30-match winners last year, are also capable of going far again at the state tournament this season. Claxton was a JV county finalist last season.
Bonus point: Farace finished his illustrious Oakland Mills career with an incredible .968 winning percentage (150-5).
Last season: 8-3, 14-8, fourth at county tournament
Coach: Andrew McIntyre, third season
Top returners: Seniors Joe Quattrone (126/132) and Bryan Glueck (170); juniors Mason Kilcarr* (126/132), Hans Wicklein (120/126), Wes Beattie (160) and Michael Sullivan (195); sophomores Troy Kilcarr (113) and Sam Rowell* (152).
Top newcomers: Junior Tyler Ponton^ (106); sophomore Trent Kilcarr^ (120).
Key losses: Brian Beach (152), Brendan Herberger (160) and Pedro Iriarte (220).
Non-league opponents: at South River, Dec. 7; Meade, Jan. 10; at Stephen Decatur, Jan. 26.
The gameplan: The Gators were young last year, and they'll be just a little older this year, with only two seniors on varsity. The Gators will also be family-oriented once again, with three Kilcarrs and two Quattrones (Joe and Paul). Trent Kilcarr was forced to wrestle JV last season because of a logjam at the lower weights, but he was a legit varsity wrestler and will get a chance to prove that this season. Mason Kilcarr broke out with 38 wins and a county title last year, and is capable of finishing near the top of the state podium after lots of offseason work. Rowell, who was the Gators top wrestler last year with 42 wins and county and regional titles, has the looks of a state champ. Sullivan missed much of last season with an injury, but won a Greco-Roman state championship in the offseason and should be a county title contender. Wicklein, Beattie and Troy Kilcarr combined to win 70 matches last year.
Bonus point: Gators freshman AJ Strott may have trouble cracking the varsity line-up early on, but with a strong junior league background, he could have a briight future with Reservoir.
River Hill Hawks
Last season: 11-0, 32-7, county dual meet and tournament champion, 3A/4A state dual meet finalist and tournament champion