Southwell and Hurd are both regional qualifiers from last season and Warm has high expectations for both of them.

The rest of the Comets, who lost in the opening match against Dulaney, include sophomore Jarrod Martin (126), senior Kamal Musallam (138), junior Ben Metzler (145), sophomore Brian Taylor (152), senior Greg Eads (160), junior Kojo Danquah (170) and senior Talil Rogers (195).

Metzler was one of the top junior varsity wrestlers as a freshman, but he moved to India with his family as a sophomore, before returning this season.

Taylor and Eads are middleweights, where the Comets have the most depth.

Junior Luke Mercier (160) and senior Calvin Henderson (160), a transfer from Roanoke, Va., could make an impact.

“He (Henderson) missed the beginning of the season, but he has wrestled for four years,” Warm said.

Danquah was a junior varsity county champion and even though he lost to state qualifier Sean Hoffman at Dulaney, Warm sees the big picture.

“He’s a really hard-working kid and he has never missed a practice,” Warm said.

The Comets finished 11-3 in dual meets last season and earned a third seed in the four-team Class 4A-3A North Region team tournament.

Although Warm lost several veterans, the coach was was encouraged by the win over a tough Dulaney team.

“I didn’t think we were going to be as competitive as a dual-meet team, but we have a lot of quality wrestlers and could do well in tournaments,” he said.

Just like the coach has done in past seasons, he is challenging his team by entering in three tough tournaments again this season.

The Comets will compete in the Bear Cave Brawl at Oakdale High in Frederick, Patriot Classic, at Northern High, in Calvert County, and the Battle at the Base at Meade High.

“I do those tournaments to let my guys face the best wrestlers in the state,” Warm said.

It paid off last season in the regional tournament, when three Comets, who lost in the county tournament to Hereford wrestlers, avenged those defeats by beating them at regionals.

“That’s the goal of those tournaments, to learn from them and win later,” Warm said.