The Bel Air wrestling team has had quite a season. The best ever? Not likely, but a good one no matter how you look at it.
The dominating performance in the weekend's UCBAC tournament was a bit surprising, as myself and a number of others thought the final results might be a bit closer.
What many might not realize is how close the Bel Air wrestling team has been to creating a dynasty within the UCBAC.
It's documented right here on this page, that Bel Air's title was the fourth and first since 2010.
OK, here are the facts.
The Bobcats won their first UCBAC title in 2008, just a couple of years after the conference tournament was created and dominated somewhat by Harford Tech.
Bel Air then won the title again in 2009 and 2010, to complete the three-peat. It was also in 2010 that the Bobcats won the school's only dual meet state title, winning the 1A-2A championship.
Now, what happened the past three years? That's where the potential dynasty lies.
In 2011, the Bobcats were runner-up to Rising Sun in the UCBAC tourney. Rising Sun scored 210.50 points and Bel Air scored 180. Not all that close, but still runner-up
In 2012, things got a bit more interesting. Fallston surprised a whole lot of people by winning the title with 163.50 points. The Cougars did it with just 10 wrestlers entered.
Bel Air didn't even finish second, but was just eight points (155.50) out of the top spot. Rising Sun (156) was a half point better.
Then last year, 2013, it was Fallston again, winning the title with 189.50 points. Bel Air made it extremely exciting and close with 184 points. A whopping 5.50 difference.
So, a quick scribble on paper with pencil, one will find the Bobcats were separated from three more UCBAC crowns by a mere 34 total points.
The other interesting thing is the boys who are seniors, like Gavin Rupprecht, John Cross and Cyler Crawford, have all been wrestling varsity since the 2011 season. Each has had his own individual success, but not much to celebrate as a team.
That was until Saturday.
Even better, if you're a Bobcat wrestling supporter, then you have to believe the future looks bright.
The Bobcats were forced to go to backups in this latest tournament. Four weight classes were occupied by younger and or less seasoned wrestlers. For all four to contribute points and for two to find spots on the awards podium was simply awesome in aiding Bel Air's impressive win.
Now, Bel Air's 12 wrestlers and many others are heading into regional tournament action this weekend. I'm not sure any of our teams can seriously consider team accolades, but I believe we will bring home a regional title or two.
Congratulations to the Bel Air wrestling program and good luck to all going back on the mats this weekend.