“This isn't the end for me, I'm trying to do bigger and better things,” Kilcarr said. “My goal is states, but this is getting me ready, this is giving me momentum...all the hard work has paid off.”
Wilde Lake's Malik Jackson (152) won his third county title, and was joined atop the podium by teammate Noah Polonsky (126).
Jackson held on to defeat Centennial’s determined Sameh Boulos, 6-4.
“It was close ... When I was holding onto the leg I didn't want him to get that last takedown and take me to overtime. I just remember thinking ‘I gotta hold on, I gotta win, I gotta get my third one’,” Jackson said. “It's all mental…I realized that I got to the point where it was just all in my head. I was wrestling the match in my head while it was going on.”
Polonsky edged Reservoir’s Troy Kilcarr, 3-1, and dedicated the championship to his older brother Alex, who won a state title for Wilde Lake in 2010, and whose birthday was Feb. 22.
“I thought I should bring the county championship home, because he never actually won the county championship,” Noah Polonsky said.
Mt. Hebron sophomore Josh Kendrick (113) won his first county title one year after his older brother, Joe, became a county champion as a senior.
Centennial sophomore Austin Kraisser (145) was named the tournament's Glenn Devane Outstanding Wrestler, after scoring a pin in the finals. Centennial's last wrestler to earn that honor was Austin's older brother, Nathan, who won four county and state titles and is now a sophomore wrestling for the University of North Carolina.
“I try to just take it one year at a time. But eventually, yeah, that is a goal of mine to get that fourth (county title),” said Austin Kraisser, a state finalist last year. “I've been here before ... still definitely nervous, just not as nervous. Ready to do it again. Just got to roll right through.”
Oakland Mills' Jaron Smith, who missed the first two months of the season with a leg injury, returned to the mat in mid-February and defeated Atholton's Zachary Smith for the 160-pound title.
“My leg is feeling great. The preparation took time and it seemed harder than it really was. Seven months out. But it was what I needed to do, I needed this, wrestling is too important to me,” Jaron Smith said. “It feels good but I can't get satisfied because there's too much more that I can do, too much more that I need to do.”
Glenelg's Joseph Zoller (170) represented the defending champion Gladiators on top of the podium with a 6-0 win over River Hill's Sebastian Ames.
"I've never won countys before, I really wanted to go out and win it, try my hardest, wrestle my match," Zoller said. "When I came into this tournament I was ready...when I came out for the finals all I could think of was wrestle my match and whoever could last the longest would win."
Final team scores
1. River Hill, 208
2. Reservoir, 202.5
3. Glenelg, 173.5
4. Oakland Mills, 136.5
5. Mt. Hebron, 125
6. Wilde Lake, 105
7. Marriotts Ridge, 88
8. Centennial, 87
9. Hammond, 71
10. Howard, 68
11. Atholton, 56
12. Long Reach, 21
106: Matt Shealy (RH) dec. Darian Kassiri (Ho), 3-2.
113: Josh Kendrick (MH) dec. Julian Capino (OM), 6-2.
120: Michael Beck (RH) dec. Jeff Hayden (MH), 3-2.
126: Noah Polonsky (WL) dec. Troy Kilcarr (Re), 3-1.
132: Mason Kilcarr (Re) pin Anthony Solis (Ha), 5:07.
138: Hans Wicklein (Re) dec. Matthew Claxton (OM), 4-1.
145: Austin Kraisser (C) pin Austin Pagnotta (G), 2:42.
152: Malik Jackson (WL) dec. Sameh Boulos (C), 6-4.
160: Jaron Smith (OM) dec. Zachary Smith (A), 3-0.
170: Joseph Zoller (G) dec. Sebastian Ames (RH), 6-0.
182: Jared Rodriguez (Ho) dec. Wesley Beattie (Re), 6-5.
195: Logan Kirby (RH) pin Chris Park (MR), 3:55.
220: Cory Daniel (RH) dec. Michael Sullivan (Re), 12-8.
285: Tyler Smith (RH) dec. Jeremy Nelson (Ha), 4-1 2OT.
106: Sam Kraus (G) maj. John Rynn (OM), 10-0.
113: Romtin Habibi (MR) pin Tyler Ponton (Re), 1:54.
120: Trent Kilcarr (Re) pin Nicholas Williams (Ho), 2:24.
126: Darren Ketchum (Ha) dec. Jimmy Hayden (MH), 4-0.