Howard County wrestling

The 2014 Howard County wrestling championships will be held at River Hill High School Feb. 21 and 22. (File photo by Matt Hazlett / February 21, 2014)

The 45th annual Howard County wrestling tournament begins at 3 Friday afternoon at River Hill High School. Semifinals are scheduled for 10:30 Saturday morning, with the championship finals starting at 7 Saturday evening.

Defending county champion Glenelg has three top seeds — including Mount Mat Madness champion Joe Zoller (170), who missed the 2013 postseason with a knee injury — and four more in the top four. The Gladiators have won four Howard County tournaments since 2007.

River Hill, the 2014 regular-season champion, also has three top seeds — Michael Beck (120), Logan Kirby (195) and Cory Daniel (220) — who are all chasing multiple county titles. Beck is going for his second county title, while Kirby and Daniel are both attempting to join the elite list of three-time Howard County champions.

The Hawks also have two No. 2 seeds, and four No. 5 seeds. River Hill last won the county tournament in 2012, when it scored a record 264.5 points, and has won seven county tournaments since 2000, including five in a row from 2000 to 2004.

Reservoir, which last won the county tournament in 2010, also has three top seeds, including Mason Kilcarr (132), who is going for his third county championship. The Gators are a serious contender, with five more wrestlers in the top four seeds, including Kilcarr's younger brothers, Trent (120) and Troy (126).

Wilde Lake's Malik Jackson (152) is going for his third county title, and is joined by teammate Noah Polonsky (126) as a top seed for the Wildecats.

Centennial sophomore Austin Kraisser (145) is attempting to win his second county title to stay on track for the elite four-time county champion club.

Oakland Mills' Jaron Smith has been injured for much of the season, but earned the top seed at 160.

Complete seeds—

106: 1. Sam Kraus, G; 2. Darian Kassiri, Ho; 3. Chris Spano, MR; 4. John Rynn, OM; 5. Matt Shealy, RH; 6. Dalton Kleinhen, Re; 7. Lucas Pascale, WL; 8. Densu Kurian, MH; 9. Alex Abbate, A.

113: 1. Collin Silk, G; 2. Josh Kendrick, MH; 3. Romtin Habibi, MR; 4. Julian Capino, OM; 5. Alex Potts, RH; 6. Kyle Williamson, Ho; 7. Tyler Ponton, Re; 8. Nick Epstein, LR; 9. Sean Divver, A; 10. David DeLeon, WL.

120: 1. Michael Beck, RH; 2. Jeff Hayden, MH; 3. Trent Kilcarr, Re; 4. Nicholas Williams, Ho; 5. Dakota Thompson, OM; 6. Matthew Nickell, C; 7. Romar Dela Cruz, WL; 8. Riley McGann, MR; 9. Benjamin Morrill, Ha.

126: 1. Noah Polonsky, WL; 2. Troy Kilcarr, Re; 3. Darren Ketchum, Ha; 4. Anthony Ahumuda, OM; 5. Will Parks, MR; 6. Jimmy Hayden, MH; 7. Andrew Mahoney, RH; 8. Jacob Kohen, Ho; 9. Alec Lewin, A; 10. Griffin Peterman, G.

132: 1. Mason Kilcarr, Re; 2. Anthony Solis, Ha; 3. Tyler Anderson, WL; 4. Josh Pickens, A; 5. Ryan Erskine, RH; 6. Zach Moody, MR; 7. Parker Griffie, G; 8. Brandon Wilson, MH; 9. Justin Pruitt, LR; 10. John Parsons, OM; 11. Sam Routt, C; 12. Allan Mathew, Ho.

138: 1. Hans Wicklein, Re; 2. Matthew Claxton, OM; 3. Evan Nuss, Ha; 4. Thomas Olsen, MR; 5. Bryan Crumback, Ho; 6. Michael Autry, G; 7. Eloy Flores, MH; 8. Luis Altamirano, A; 9. Edward Yun, WL; 10. Cody Vergel De Dios, C; 11. Tyler Bond, RH.

145: 1. Austin Kraisser, C; 2. Sean Guthier, RH; 3. Austin Pagnotta, G; 4. Paul Quattrone, Re; 5. Alex Asifo, OM; 6. Scott DeJames, A; 7. Andrew Blalock, MR; 8. Jake Norton, MH; 9. Dominic Umstot, Ho; 10. Konnor Kick, LR; 11. Emmanuel Hayford, Ha; 12. Jonathan Edwards, WL.

152: 1. Malik Jackson, WL; 2. Connor Strunk, MH; 3. Sameh Boulos, C; 4. Sidique Furet, OM; 5. Michael Budock, G; 6. Philip Frazier, A; 7. Colin Hawes, Ho; 8. Sean Aase, LR; 9. Omar Delen, MR; 10. Jack Connolly, RH; 11. Omar Ali, Ha; 12. Gary Green, Re.

160: 1. Jaron Smith, OM; 2. Troy Walter, G; 3. Zachary Smith, A; 4. Stephen Sims, Re; 5. Brady Daniel, RH; 6. Bayo Odunlami, Ha; 7. Bradley Fasulo, C; 8. Matt Gilbert, LR; 9. Chris McTague, MR; 10. Liam Curran, MH; 11. Adam Glass, WL; 12. Isiah Haley, Ho.

170: 1. Joseph Zoller, G; 2. Sebastian Ames, RH; 3. Michael Bernal, MR; 4. Joseph Celtnieks, OM; 5. AJ Strott, Re; 6. Matthew Murphy, MH; 7. Daniel Lee, Ho; 8. Joseph Shapiro, C; 9. Ernie Jose-Ferman, WL; 10. Jahmyire Jones, A; 11. Jacob Kim, LR.

182: 1. Wesley Beattie, Re; 2. Jared Rodriguez, Ho; 3. Austin Twigg, G; 4. Dylan Juskus, OM; 5. Brian Rodriguez, A; 6. Benjamin Ballard, Ha; 7. Xavier Franks, WL; 8. Ben Switlick, MR; 9. Steven Wysocki, C; 10. Cody Cashmark, MH; 11. Bebe Kum, RH.

195: 1. Logan Kirby, RH; 2. Chris Park, MR; 3. Craig Burris, G; 4. Austin Day, MH; 5. Deon Williams, LR; 6. Zach Vincent, OM; 7. Shawn Hamilton, Re; 8. Kahyl McClain, WL; 9. Hamidou Mapangala, Ha.

220: 1. Cory Daniel, RH; 2. Ryan Hassan, MH; 3. Michael Sullivan, Re; 4. Scott Desautelle, MR; 5. Kristopher Gough, WL; 6. Christian Romero-Perez, OM; 7. Nick Palaganas, G.

285: 1. Jeremy Nelson, Ha; 2. Alex Zaldo, MR; 3. Nicholas Suri, MH; 4. Tyler Boettcher, C; 5. Jamie Cooch, G; 6. Kevin Rockwell, OM; 7. Tyler Smith, RH.