Southwell says he is more technically sound this season and is more confident in his moves.
Doing well at the Patriot Classic gave him a healthy dose of confidence.
“It was a really tough tournament, and I went in with a strong attitude of doing well,” he said.
Kelly Lassiter (13-3, 120 pounds) gained confidence at the Patriot meet by placing fourth.
“He’s doing real well and the guys he has lost to this year have been top- notch wrestlers,” Warm said. “He’s beaten a couple of good wrestlers as well, so he is having a surprisingly good year.”
Adam Dye (10-2, 182), Greg Eads (10-7, 160) and Kojo Danquah (11-7, 170) all placed sixth at the Patriot meet.
Danquah is a defending junior varsity champion and Dye and Eads are veterans.
“Adam Dye and Greg Eads have been starters on varsity since they were in 10th grade, so I’m expecting those guys to place in tournaments,” Warm said.
The coach has also been pleased with the progress of sophomore Jarrod Martin (11-5, 126).
“He has wrestled really well in the dual meets and the tournaments,” said Warm, noting he was one point short of placing at the Patriot meet. “He didn’t even win a match in jayvee counties last year.”
Other Comets who are over .500 this season are Mike Thome (10-5, 106) and Connor Hurd (8-6, 132).
Notes: Catonsville finished seventh in the 16-team at the Battle at the Base tournament at Meade High Jan. 17 and 18 and the following wrestlers placed in the top eight: Lee (2nd), Thome (4th), Lassiter (4th), Hurd (5th), Danquah (5th), Kamal Musallam (7th), Ben Metzler (8th) and Jarrod Martin (8th).