Mt. Hebron sophomore Jeff Hayden kicked off the finals at 106, losing a close decision to Damascus sophomore Mikey Macklin, 5-4, after scoring a late takedown. Hayden's teammate, senior Joe Kendrick (152), also lost in the finals, 7-2 to Severna Park senior Sam Ziff.
Ziff also defeated Kendrick in the regional semifinals last weekend, 9-3. Kendrick finishes his Vikings' career with more than 100 wins and a 2013 Howard County title, and will wrestle for Millersville University in Pennsylvania next year.
Reservoir junior Mason Kilcarr (132) was his school's lone representative in the finals, but he ran into a buzzsaw in Broadneck's defending state champion Cameron Harrell, who scored the pin in 54 seconds.
Last weekend, Kilcarr ran into Harrell in the regional finals and lost, 5-2.
Wilde Lake's Tola Morakinyo (170) also had a regional final rematch, though under a little bit different circumstances.
Last weekend, Morakinyo met Bel Air's previously undefeated senior William Holder-Moore in the 3A/4A East regional championship.
Morakinyo won that showdown, but Holder-Moore won Saturday night's rematch, 7-5.
"I had nothing to lose really. He already beat me so I definitely felt like I was the underdog in the match," Holder-Moore said. I knew "not to go upper body, and if I get a leg keep two hands on it and not give him a chance to rest."
Morakinyo, who finished the season with an outstanding 39-1 record, scored a reversal early in the third period, but couldn't get the nearfall to win or force overtime.
"He was trying to hit me with the merkel, but I felt pretty comfortable in my base, so I didn't really try to get up, I just tried to clear my leg out so I didn't go to my back," Holder-Moore said.
Centennial freshman Austin Kraisser (138) lost for the first time in three months, and it came in the state championship match to Bethesda Chevy Chase senior Charlie Banaszak. Kraisser scored the first takedown, but trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period and 6-2 after two. Kraisser appeared to be outmuscled by Banaszak, but the freshman rose to the occasion in the third period, scoring an escape and a takedown in less than 60 seconds, and then nearly scoring the tying takedown in the final seconds.
Kraisser's disappointment in losing his chance to become a four-time state champion like his older brother Nathan was evident on his face, but he still carried himself off the mat like a true champion.
“He took it pretty hard. He really wanted to be not just a state champ, but a 4-time state champ. Not many kids come into high school with that much pressure on them and he never wilted under it,” coach Dave Roogow said. “Maybe even more than all of the wins, I am most proud of the way he battled in that match."
Banaszak lost only twice this year, both times to Bishop McNamara's Alfred Bannister, a National Preps and Beast of the East champion.
Hammond's Bryan Overton (160) also placed third.
Finals matches involving Howard County wrestlers:
3A/4A championship matches
106: Damascus sophomore Mikey Macklin (45-3) dec. Mt. Hebron sophomore Jeff Hayden (37-8), 5-4.
132: Broadneck sophomore Cameron Harrell (32-1) pin Reservoir junior Mason Kilcarr (36-4), :54.
138: Bethesda (CC) senior Charlie Banaszak (44-2) dec. Centennial freshman Austin Kraisser (38-4), 7-5.
152: Severna Park senior Sam Ziff (40-4) dec. Mt. Hebron senior Joe Kendrick (34-5), 7-2.
170: Bel Air senior William Holder-Moore (46-1) dec. Wilde Lake senior Tola Morakinyo (39-1), 7-5.
195: River Hill junior Cory Daniel (42-0) dec. Wootton senior Ralph Bernardo (41-1), 3-1 OT.
220: Northwest senior Luis Beteta (39-0) dec. River Hill junior Logan Kirby (36-0), 2-1.
106: River Hill junior Michael Beck pin Westminster freshman Ryker Eckenbarger, 2:06.
145: Meade sophomore Travis Chidebe dec. Wilde Lake junior Malik Jackson, 2-1.
160: Hammond senior Bryan Overton maj. Flowers senior Clyde McBride, 11-1