Top returners: Seniors Emilio Altamirano (170), Ashton Stennett (160) and Dan Shin (138); juniors Matt Fields (195) and Jay Johnson (132); sophomore Phil Frazier (126).
Top newcomers: Juniors Pat Mullens (152) and Payam Sojdehei (285).
The gameplan: Altamirano was injured last year at the Grapple at the Brook tournament in mid-January after compiling a 15-3 record, and missed the rest of the season. His return along with Mullens, who also missed last season, will give the Raiders a welcome boost in the middle weights. Stennett and Shin each won 15 matches last year as well. Stennett and Fields, who each placed fifth, were Atholton's top finishers at the county tournament last year.
Bonus point: Mullens led Atholton’s county champion football team this year with three fumble recoveries and rushed for five touchdowns.
Last season: 3-8, 7-15, eighth at county tournament
Coach: David Roogow, fifth season
Top returners: Seniors Nathan Kraisser (132) and Ian Harrison (145); sophomores Hutson Baumann (138) and Sam Boulos (145/152).http://content.p2p.tila.trb/content_items/edit/66560769
Top newcomers: Junior Nizami Barton (152).
The gameplan: Kraisser, Centennial's only returning regional qualifier, is already on the short list of the state's greatest high school wrestlers of all time. But the Eagles do have a few other wrestlers who are hoping to find some success this year. Baumann scored a pin in last year's varsity consolation finals and can only benefit from having Kraisser as a practice partner. Harrison was a JV county champion last season.
Bonus point: Kraisser scored 24 pins and ten tech falls last year, and enters this year with a high school record of 116-3.
Last season: 11-0, 31-2, county tournament champions, 1A/2A state dual meet champion
Coach: Chris Rosas, second season
Top returners: Juniors Ryan Carter (138) and Anthony Pagnotta (160); sophomores Joe Zoller (132) and Austin Pagnotta (145).
Top newcomers: Seniors Justin Jung (220) and Sean Twigg (285); freshman Tim Null (106).
The gameplan: Although the Gladiators graduated three county champions and four regional champions, their goal is still another county championship. Brothers Anthony and Austin Pagnotta, Carter and Zoller each won at least 20 matches last season. Among the newcomers, Jung and Twigg each won JV county championships last year, while Null brings a good deal of junior league experience to high school with him. In all, Glenelg had six JV county champs last year, more than any other team.
Bonus point: Nick Caffrey (128 wins), Jack Borkowski (104) and David Pruett (90) combined to win 322 matches for Glenelg before graduating last spring.
Hammond Golden Bears
Last season: 8-3, 21-10, seventh at county tournament