Brock Turnbaugh

Hereford senior Brock Turnbaugh, the 2014 North County News male Athlete of the Year, won a Class 2A/1A state championship at 220 pounds. He also shined in lacrosse and football. (File photo/BSMG / June 19, 2014)

When it comes to football, wrestling and lacrosse, few athletes can match the all-around success of Hereford's Brock Turnbaugh, who uses toughness and strength to dominate opponents.

The 2014 North County News male Athlete of the Year earned Associated Press All-State Small School Division honors in football as a middle linebacker, won a Class 1A/2A state championship in wrestling and was named a US Lacrosse All-American as a goalie.

It would have been difficult for Turnbaugh to script a much better senior year than the one he just finished at Hereford.

"I really did a lot of training over the summer," Turnbaugh said of the most rigorous workouts of his high school career. "I feel it helped me in every sport."

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Turnbaugh co-captained all three teams, carried a 3.93 grade point average and received a lacrosse scholarship to John Hopkins University.

He could have played college football, too. Towson University and the University of Delaware were hot after him to be a long snapper.

"He is probably the most mature 18-year-old kid I have ever been around," Hereford boys lacrosse coach Brian King said. "He is the first athlete I have seen in 10 years do three sports at a high level. Three sport athletes are kind of dying out in this age of specialization. It's generation to have a three-sport athlete, who is the best at all three."

All anyone needs to know about Turnbaugh's wrestling ability can be found in his stellar 42-2 senior record.

He tied the school record for most victories in a season, winning a county championship, Franklin Invitational crown and best of all, a state title.

Turnbaugh beat Fallston's Alex Helm, 11-6, to capture the state championship at 220 pounds in early March in College Park. 

"It was a goal of mine from the very beginning of the season and I had to work harder than everybody else," Turnbaugh said. "And it eventually paid off. You have to make sure your moves are flawless at the state tournament. That's what I did throughout it. I made sure every move I made was perfect."

Turnbaugh also went 5-0 at the Iron Horse duals, beating four opponents ranked in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Turnbaugh, who transferred to Hereford after his freshman year at Boys' Latin, finished his three-year career with a 105-15 record.

"I think as a tenth and eleventh grader, he was still thinking about things out on the mat," Hereford assistant wrestling coach Brett Baier said. "This year, things just clicked. You saw him react to things without thinking. He outworked everybody at practice and all of his opponents. He got up Sunday mornings to lift weights. He ran extra steps."

Turnbaugh committed to play lacrosse at John Hopkins before his junior season, choosing the Blue Jays over offers from Penn State, Navy and Towson.

He played for the past three years for one of the nation's top lacrosse club teams, the Baltimore Crabs.

At Hereford, he helped the Bulls to consecutive Class 3A-2A state championships as a sophomore and junior, seeing a lot of time between the pipes.

Turnbaugh took over as the full-time starter as a senior, making 220 saves for the 17-4 Bulls.

His standout performances came against Boys' Latin (18 saves), Gilman (17) and state semifinalist Glenelg (15).

"I thought I played well," Turnbaugh said of the Boys' Latin game. "I proved I could hang in there against the number one team in the nation."